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  • Call for action after Tawd ‘fishing trip’ trolley haul!

    Henry James

    A SKELMERSDALE man who was so sick of seeing the number of shopping trolleys dumped in the town’s River Tawd that he decided to do something about it himself - and ended up fishing out more than 20 in a single visit - is calling for West Lancs Council to sort out the problem.

    Neil Goulding is a member of the Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers running club who had been asked to do a tidy-up of the Tawd by the West Lancashire Rangers.

    Unfortunately the appointed date clashed with running fixtures but Neil decided to have a go himself when he had some spare time and was staggered by what he found.

    He said; “I would like to see the Tawd looking better - it is an eyesore at present and I think it is a shame that the river has been left to deteriorate by the authorities.

    “I also think stores such as Asda, could and should do more to make their shopping trolleys more secure. They should listen to the concerns of residents and do something about this.

    “During my visit, I went to one area of the Tawd by Yewdale and took some trolleys out of the water and then much more came out in another part at an area by Ashurst.

    “The Harriers have been asked to go back in March by the Rangers to hold a tidy-up day and pick up litter as they often run through the Tawd in summer months. They also want us to organise a 10k run through the Tawd when the area has been improved.”

    A council spokesman commented: “West Lancashire Borough Council is working with partners on an exciting scheme to make the Tawd Valley Park an even better place for people to enjoy.

    “The council organises a number of scheduled clean-ups throughout the year where items such as trolleys are removed from the river. In addition, council Rangers also work with volunteer groups to do clean-up sessions. Through a combination of these events more than 160 bags of rubbish and more than 30 trolleys were collected from Tawd Valley Park in 2017.

    “A clean-up session had been arranged with the Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers, however unfortunately this did not take place. The Rangers have asked if the club would like to come on another date.

    “Representatives from the Tawd Valley Park Working Group, set up to oversee the implementation of the masterplan, intend  to meet with local supermarkets to discuss  what can be done to try and ensure that trollies are not dumped in the park. The Council would also ask people to respect the park and be considerate of others who use it by not leaving trollies and other rubbish there.

    “If any residents, clubs or businesses want to help with "clean-ups" or any other projects in West Lancashire Borough Council parks please contact the Council Rangers on 01695 622794 or email beacon.park@westlancs.gov.uk

    Meanwhile Asda has said that although not all of the trolleys are theirs they are looking into what else they can do.

    They say they have regular patrols in place to collect any trolleys that have gone astray and residents can contact the store directly or call Trolleywise on 08003161241 if they spot a trolley which isn't where it should be and it will be collected.

    An Asda spokesperson added: “We’d like to thank Mr Goulding for bringing this to our attention and whilst the vast majority of our trolleys are used responsibly, we’re looking into what else we can do to stop any going astray.

    “We’d also ask anyone who spots a trolley where it shouldn’t be to call our store or Trolleywise to have it collected.”

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