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Friday, 09 September 2011 (3018511)
Residents demand action to clean up Old Skelmersdale
by Henry James

RESIDENTS are calling on West Lancashire Borough Council to clean up Old Skelmersdale after the issue was highlighted in The Champion.

Since the original article about the concerns of Old Skem resident David Baker about litter and vandalism in the area, and particularly in Coronation Park, the Champ office has been inundated with calls and emails echoing those concerns.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, and said: “Coronation Park used to be such a beautiful park, and I go mad when I see the destruction there, it's absolutely terrible now.

”It's not the Old Skemmers who are the problem, it's the new people who have come in over the years.

“I've been living in Old Skem for 78 years now, and it's definitely not the same as it used to be.

”We used to all talk to each other, we were no trouble at all.

“What's happening now is enough to make you cry sometimes.”

Calls for the council to clean up the mess were made by 66-year-old Eileen Lowe who said: “The subway by Lathom High is full of broken beer and cider bottles. It is a disgrace.

”Lots of bins in Old Skelmersdale are overflowing and I don't think the one by Lathom High has been emptied for the last six weeks.

“The council is making no effort to clean up the mess.”

Graffiti was also among the complaints of readers. A taxi driver from Old Skelmersdale, who did not want to be named, said: “The graffiti is appearing in Old Skelmersdale, but no-one is cleaning it up and no-one from the local authority seems bothered about it. I see these things happening, but they are just left. The area is deteriorating.

”The bus stop by the High Street has just been vandalised. Why should decent people have to use a bus stop with graffiti on it? It would cost the council £15,000 to employ someone to go around and clean the streets.“

Despite being contacted by The Champion, no one from the council would comment on the issue.


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