Streets of Rubbish:- "Bin bags, bin bags and more BIN BAGS....!"
"AS OF LATE, SOUTHPORT Streets are
awash with orange and blue bin bags... Every night, out in
Southport, I keep seeing more and more bin bags left outside that
often are a danger to the public for they are placed on on narrow
side road pavements, or in the middle of the large pavements, like
Lord Street without any warnings for the blind. The side road ones,
like outside your e-newspapers' offices on Post Office Ave., often
force people to walk into the road. It does not seem too bad at
first, but how long before there is a serious accident? Also the
rubbish bags get blown over, thrown about by kids and, worse still,
attract vermin in full view of the tourists..! Why have the bags
suddenly started to be left out on the roads? They use to be placed
behind the buildings and the rubbish men collected them just fine
that way. It is making the town look like a dump at night and in the
morning it looks worse still! Something has to be done. It is not
the businesses' fault, as they have always kept the town as clean
and tidy as they can.... It must be a Sefton idea! It really puts
one off going out into the town. Liverpool looks clean and tidy
while Southport just looks like a tip... What tourists must think,
well that's anyone's guess!" Jason aged 24 from Ainsdale.
Full contact info. supplied.
Editors note:- "Thanks Jason for your comments. Yes, we have been
asking the same question. Recently all the businesses down our road
have been told that "For health and safety reasons bin bags must be
put out the night before in front of your building. No longer will
they be collected from behind your premises." We quite agree and
also, in some cases, the bags in our view are worse than just a
hazard to pedestrians, but also to the traffic! It is just a time
saving measure in our view by the council. We also agree that it
really does not look good for the image of the town, but our hands
Letters to Editor:-
"Burying Band News!"
"HESKETH Bank villagers already
pay a supplementary council tax, rising annually to cover Parish
Council initiatives; whereas folk living in neighbouring Tarlatan
pay no additional charges! Two Hesketh Bank parish councillors,
residing in Tarlatan, both voted in favour of a controversial
£50,000 payout to Hesketh Bank FC for sporting facilities which
swung the decision over the controversial resolution at the last
Parish Council meeting.
Thus the community now faces more council tax to recover this
liability in the financial year 2007/8. A matter of this magnitude
should have had extra publicity, and explanation, to gain public
participation in the decision-making.
I live in the village and I am a member of the public. I had sight
of the parish council's draft letter offering the grant, and I could
see serious flaws in the wording. I contacted them about my concerns
before the matter was posted, but the warning was ignored because it
was considered to be a 'private matter'!
The Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council is also a Chairman of
Hesketh Bank FC and has a vested interest as far as I know. Whilst
he refrained from voting, policy formulation had been liable to
I have put an analysis of the facts on the village
website ." Trevor Roberts.
Letters to Editor:- "Grid Lock!"
"THE town over Bank holiday
weekend was gridlocked thanks to the silly bus lanes that are
operational 24 hours a day...
That's not forgetting the
narrowing of most of the linking roads, the pedestrian scheme and
other ideas that Sefton have now forced upon the town. How long can
we as a town sustain such a silly road system and keep tourists from
deserting the town?
Already it is fast becoming a
ghost town at night, and over the weekdays the sales in shops have
dramatically decreased, thanks, in part, to the increased road works
including the lack of parking. Something has to be done and fast.
This is Bank Holiday, what will
the summer be like!" Jill, a Southport resident. Full name,
address and mobile number supplied.
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