A former Southport councillor has made an understated return to campaigning in the town.

Ex-Tory Cllr David Barton, whose father was jailed as part of the major Barton Park care home scandal, has returned to campaigning in the town centre.

Mr Barton says he wants Sefton Council to purchase commercial-style jet washers to clean up Lord Street.

Specifically, he wants the council to spend £14,000 on a Gladiator Chewing Gum Removal Machine.

David said: “I would urge Sefton Council to seize this opportunity to procure this simple yet effective vanguard for both the local community and the wider Private Sector beyond.

“They can achieve this by either integrating the proposal into their existing Town Investment Plan funding or alongside as an additional grant application.”

David Barton Jnr was cleared by Liverpool Crown Court of a money laundering charge during the Barton Park Care Home case.

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