A Maghull Labour councillor who is flushed with success after his landslide Sudell Ward victory in this year's local elections took swift action to deal with a very smelly public health issue at Maghull's Central Square toilets this week.
Residents complained to newly elected Cllr Rob Owens about a drains issue at the toilets which resulted in waste from the public conveniences flooding into the road on Leighton Avenue.
Waste from the drains which serve the toilets was flowing from a blocked manhole on the public path.
Reisdents contacted United Utilities for urgent action on Friday morning, but they were told the earliest they could deal with the problem would be the following day.
After being contacted by one concerned resident, Cllr Owens visited the site where he immediately demanded urgent action to resolve the problem.
Cllr Owens said: "In no way could that problem be allowed to continue for another day. As soon as the resident contacted me I went around to see the problem for myself. What greeted me was a flood of effluent flowing from the service grid across the pavement and into the road.
"The stench was unbearable. It was making me physically sick. It wasn't being helped by the fact that the weather was warm.
"This is a busy residential road and it was unacceptable for people here to have to live with it until the next day. Pedestrians were forced to either cross the road or leap over the flow of waste to get past. It was disgusting.
"I contacted United Utilities and insisted that they send someone out immediately. They clarified that a team had been sent out but that as the drains were those connected to the nearby public toilet, it was an issue for environmental health.
"After a brief conversation with the environmental health team, they agreed to send somebody out immediately.
"It was a matter of public health. To environmental health's credit, they took on board my concerns and dispatched a team to deal with the problem straight away."
Cllr Owens said he was pleased for the residents and visitors to Central Square that the problem was cleaned up promptly.
Cllr Owens said: "It's bad enough for residents who live near by that this problem happened in the first place, but to be told that it would be another day before any action was to be taken simply isn't good enough.
"Then you take into account that shoppers, who we want and need to frequent our main shopping area, were having to walk near to this flow of stinking waste to get to Central Square. Action needed to be immediate.
"There was a public health issue and I am pleased that we were able to get action taken sooner rather than later.
"I will continue to monitor this site to make sure we don't see a return of this disgusting problem."