West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called for the Borough Council to take swift action after a constituent reported having to prevent her three children from playing in the garden of their council house due to a serious ‘lack of security and privacy’.
The constituent, Danielle, who lives in an Ormskirk council property, sent MP Rosie several shocking images of the state that the Council had left her garden when they moved in, including a large gap in the perimeter hedges and a huge mound of glass, rubble, carpets and other dangerous object.
Danielle explained that she had initially raised this issue with the Council directly in April, but after no action had been taken, contacted the MP for assistance.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Kids are on their summer break and want to enjoy the good weather by playing in the garden. Unfortunately for Danielle and her family, the Council failed to clear the garden before they allowed someone to move in, and then failed to clear it when asked!
“This isn’t standard garden work that any tenant could do themselves, this is large bits of rubble, glass and other dangerous objects that would require the council’s professionals to remove.
“This should have been done long before they moved in, but because it wasn’t done, Danielle has taken the difficult but wise decision to stop her children playing in the garden, before one of them gets hurt.
“I have asked the council to take immediate action on this. If they move quickly, the kids will be able to get to use their garden for the rest of the summer.”