West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, is disgusted with the neglect of housing estates in New Church Farm, Skelmersdale. When it comes to keeping the streets clean and tidy Rosie believes that local residents are not getting the services they deserve or pay for.
Rosie spent time with a walking around the Willow Hey and Windrows areas inspecting the state of the streets and public areas.
“What I saw walking around the estates both horrified and angered me. The cleanliness of the streets, pathways and gutters is an issue of real concern. There were uncollected brown leaves; there was a build up of silt centimetres thick that had not been touched in months; there were rubbish sacks just dumped at the roadside and a fridge and wardrobe had just been illegally dumped in the street. The illegal dumping of rubbish is unacceptable and the Council should prosecute those who do this, but they must keep their own house in order and sweep the streets regularly and properly.”
"I am concerned that the District Council is failing to reach the minimum standard of street cleaning and rubbish collection in certain areas of West Lancashire. I have even marked one piece of rubbish and it is my intention to see just how long it remains in the gutter uncollected. I will be asking the District Auditor whether the street cleaning contracts are being adequately monitored and whether Skelmersdale residents are getting good value for their Council tax.”
Cllr Barry Nolan said:
“I asked Rosie down to see the poor state of cleanliness in my ward because it has gone on for far too long. It is not acceptable to expect local residents to tolerate such poor service. I don’t think they are asking too much to live in an area that is kept in reasonable condition and is cleaned regularly. There is plenty of evidence to say this is not happening at the minute.”