Over the last few weeks, and working with my colleagues Councillors Steve Williams and Bruce Berry, I have been calling on homes to meet residents and discuss local issues. Thank you to everyone who answered their door and gave us their time. Below is a brief summary of the issues and the action taken.
Maryland Lane pavements: the recently laid surface, near the bungalows is already lifting. Clearly not a job that was built to last. I have asked for the area to be reinspected and the lumps and bumps to be removed, before anyone else trips.
Lingham Lane Postbox: we have contacted Royal Mail and asked for the Postbox to be repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.
Rubbish hotspot – Old Maryland Lane: the litter at the rear of the homes on Barnston Lane has now been removed, following our requests to the Council.
Grass cutting: we noticed that several of the grass verges had not been cut and so asked for action by the Council’s contractor. I am pleased to report that many of the verges were tackled within two days of our request.
Bramble Way footpath and steps: this footpath to Pasture Road is, once again, being used for anti social behaviour. I have again met with council officers on site and have asked for action to tackle this.
Berrylands Road steps: access for some residents with prams or mobility scooters is difficult due to the steps leading to the footpath (behind Harvest Court). I have now met with Council officers to see if the steps can be turned into a ramp and hope to report back soon on this.
Overgreen Grove:the dropped crossing at the junction with Digg Lane is damaged. I have asked for action and the Council has agreed to repair it.
Parking Issues: residents in Digg Lane, Overgreen Grove, Netherton Road, Fairfield Crescent and parts of Berrylands Road are all reporting difficulties in parking – mainly due to the increase in car ownership and lack of off street parking. There is not a great deal that can be done although we have asked the Council to look at some extra parking where possible in some locations.
Netherton Road: I have also asked for ‘dropped crossing’ at the junction of Netherton Road with Digg Lane to assist people with mobility issues.
Litherland Avenue: residents have complained about wheelie bins being left out all week at the end of the alleyway to rear of Willaston Road, while residents of Willaston Road have also highlighted the litter in the alleyway. We have asked the Council to take action to keep the area tidy and would also ask residents to put their bins away (this also reduces the risk of them being damaged or stolen). Residents with mobility issues can register for ‘assistance’ with their bins by calling 0151 606 2004
Pasture Road: tree roots are damaging sewers while overhanging trees (on the footway at the bridge) are also a problem. We have asked for action by the Council and Magenta Homes (who own the land where some of the trees are located).
Sunnyside: issues were raised by residents regarding the footway, grassed/weeded area and fly tipping. Unfortunately the Council tell us that Sunnyside is unadopted (ie not owned by the Council) and, as such, they will not take any action on these issues.
Meadfoot Road burglary: the latest report on the website http://www.police.uk includes a burglary in Meadfoot Road in April. Residents are asked to ensure they keep doors and windows locked, particularly ground floor at night or if they go out and the same for garages and sheds. If you would like help to set up a ‘HomeWatch’ scheme in your road, please let me know.
Finally, if you have any comments or questions on any issue in this letter, or anything else you would like to raise, please let me know. Your three councillors work for all residents, regardless of how you may have voted in the recent election.