Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

16/10/08 River Tawd clean-up pledge secured by MP Rosie

A SKELMERSDALE river is set to be blitzed of trolleys following the intervention of West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.

Rosie Cooper MP at the River Tawd with Cllr Barry Nolan and a representative from Trolleywise

It comes after Rosie and Skelmersdale North councillor Barry Nolan called an on-site meeting at the River Tawd to demand action.

Among those who attended were representatives from West Lancashire District Council and Trolleywise, an organisation employed by the retailers to collect any trolleys dumped in areas beyond the supermarket.

Trolleywise has now told Rosie that the river, which runs through the heart of Skelmersdale Town Centre, will be cleaned up.

Rosie said: “I was shocked at the huge number of trolleys in the Tawd – on one stretch I must have seen at least 24 of them. This is a recurring problem and I was told that last year 44 trolleys were pulled out of the river.

“The Trolleywise representatives estimated that there were over 200 trolleys dumped in the Tawd which leads to problems of pollution and flooding which is especially serious in these times of high rainfall.

“Residents and the local supermarkets need to play their part in stopping the dumping of trolleys, but the district council has a Ranger Service operating in the Tawd area so the question for the Council is why didn't they notice so many dumped trolleys and if they did, why didn't they do something about it?

Cllr Nolan added: “I would like to thank Rosie for her help in getting action. The Tawd could be a real attraction for the people of West Lancashire and yet it is being used as some kind of open air dumping ground for trolleys .Local people would love to use the facilities much more if the fitness trail, paths and bridges were properly maintained.”

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