Photo (l-r) : ‘Rubbish Friends’ Lynne Thompson Pat Keith, Tony Dawson cleaning up the Coast Road

Council’s Coast Road Clean-up Follows Lead of ‘Rubbish Friends’ 

Southport’s ‘Rubbish Friends’ group have welcomed Sefton Council following their lead by organising a rubbish clean up this week to remove eyesore litter along the Coast Road.

‘Rubbish Friends’ began their clean-up operations in Southport  by focusing on the Coast Road three years ago as a launch pad for a general campaign to fight litter across Southport. There are now dozens of volunteers involved in this activity every month.

Councillor Pat Keith, co-founder of ‘Rubbish Friends’ says:

“ The Coast Road is a main gateway into the town and ‘Rubbish Friends’  have been active in clearing as much litter from it as possible,”

“ But we found we could do only so much before encountering the dangers from traffic using the road. So all the volunteers are very pleased that the Council has decided to use the temporary road closure to clear the remaining litter.”

Councillor Tony Dawson, who represents the ward containing the biggest part of the coast road says: “This road is used by thousands of visitors to Southport annually and the last thing the town needs is for them to be greeted by piles of road-side litter.”

Ainsdale litter campaigner Lynne Thompson revealed that she has received numerous complaints from residents about the coast road litter problem. She says:

“ It is a blight on the landscape and it’s important that visitors heading for Ainsdale’s golden beach do not have to pass a mountain of cans and paper en route.”

“I have recently had to report dumping of furniture on a public foootpath in this area which is absolutely disgraceful.”

Anyone interested in joining Southport’s ‘Rubbish Friends’ in cleaning up the town can phone Pat Keith on 07735 005802


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