Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

28/11/06 MP Rosie calls on students not to neglect civic duties

Rosie Cooper MP is calling on West Lancashire District Council to remind students who leave their rubbish wherever they please should not be tolerated.

“My office has received complaints from local residents along Wigan Rd, Ormskirk regarding students who dispose of their rubbish in an irresponsible way. The complaints relate to bin bags and other unwanted household items such as sofas being left out on pavements for several weeks which Council operatives will simply not collect."

"I recognise some of the students are living away from home for the first time, but that does not mean they should neglect their civic duties."

"They need to be mindful of local residents who are proud of the town they live in who do not want to see eyesores on their street. If such behaviour continues it will be to the detriment of Ormskirk in attracting visitors and will only create a wrong impression of the town."

"I have written to West Lancashire District Council to ask how they are tackling this problem not only in Wigan Rd, but throughout the town. They assure me that they regularly communicate with students and landlords and their Street Scene Officers make themselves available to visit any property where residents are not complying with the service requirements. They initially take a soft educational stance, but warn that if the situation does not improve, legal action will be taken in the form of on the spot fines."

"I encourage all residents to report those who continue to disregard the rules so that the Council can take appropriate action.” 

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