Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joins Formby Labour Actio

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joined some of the volunteers who cleaned Rose Path on Saturday.

 

Formby Labour Action Team was joined by residents as they rolled up their sleeves, donned some rubber gloves and cleared the way to make the town look a little tidier at the weekend.

The Labour Councillors, the town's MP Bill Esterson, members of the Labour Action Team and local residents gathered at Rose Path on Saturday morning.

Formby's Labour Councillors had received a number of complaints about litter, overgrown weeds and even broken glass along the pathway.

But after two hours hard work, the team collected 43 bags of litter and rubbish.

Ravenmeols Ward Labour Councillor Peter Maguire thanked everyone for coming along.

Cllr Maguire said: "We had a great turn out. I'd like to thank everyone who came along. The difference we made on Rose Path was fantastic.

"We filled more than 40 bags with litter, leaves and some of the weeds which were encroaching on the pathway.

"Litter is one of the biggest issues which comes up time and again in Formby. People here just don't want to live with it - and they shouldn't have to. This is a fantastic community and we want to keep it that way.

"That's why we had such a great turn out, because people want to make a difference and we certainly did that on Saturday."

The Labour Action Team is now planning to organise regular litter pick days.

Cllr Catie Page said: "Litter is a big issue. Sefton Council's budget has been slashed.

"But we can't let the Tory-Lib Dem Government's slash and burn policies damage our town any more than it has to. So these volunteer litter pick days will be a way of us supplementing the work of our street cleaning teams.

"We will be announcing further details in the coming weeks."

Cllr Maguire said he was delighted with the results of the clean up.

Cllr Maguire said: "We have proven that we can make a difference when we work together. We will definitely do it again.

"As well as saying a big thank you to everyone who helped, I would also like to thank Mark Catterall and Gary Berrick from Sefton Council for loaning us the litter pick equipment."

Bill Esterson, who also rolled his sleeves up, congratulated the Formby Labour Action Team for taking action.

Bill said: "It was great to see so many people come out to join the clean up. It was a brilliant turn out and it just goes to show what we can all do when we work together.

"The path was transformed, but it took a good bit of hard work to get there. It was a great effort and on behalf of everyone in Formby I'd like to thank the team for organising the clean up and all of the people who took part."