Bootle Labour councillor John Fairclough is paid over £26,000 per annum by the Council as he is the Cabinet Member for Transportation, which includes roads. He came to prominence in Southport two winters ago when he was famously absent (as was just about everybody else) when Sefton let Southport’s roads get paralysed by a heavy snowfall just before Christmas and Chapel Street became an ice rink for a week.

Being in charge of roads does not mean being in charge of the drainage of the roads it seems. For when Councillor Haydn Preece asked questions at the Sefton Council meeting about the flooding of the Coast Road, Councillor Fairclough would not answer because he said it was “not my area of responsibility.”

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Councillor Fairclough responded in the same way to a question about the planting of roundabouts in Southport. In Sefton Council Terms, the responsibility for roundabouts is not governed by the same people as the responsibility for the roads which the roundabouts are on. So, presumably, if the vegetation on a roundabout interferes with the safety of a road, one Cabinet member has to ask another one to do something about it!

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