Liverpool Community Independent councillors shocked Labour by romping home in Garston local elections – now party appears to be playing political games to detriment of local residents
In May, Sam Gorst and Lucy Williams were two of the three Liverpool Community Independent candidates who shocked complacent Labour in May’s local elections, romping home in the ward of Garston in the south of the city, while Cllr Alan Gibbons humiliated Labour by receiving more than four times as many votes as the party’s candidate in what used to be a cast-iron Labour area.
The Garston victory came despite – or more likely was helped by – Labour’s disgraceful ‘sewer politics’ campaign in the contest.
Now, Labour appears to have resorted to ‘pothole politics’ in Garston, at the expense of local residents, by allowing the ward’s roads to deteriorate to dangerous levels and ignoring the Garston councillor’s requests for action – forcing the pair to take action themselves to protect residents and their vehicles by buying bags of gravel to at least temporarily fill the dangerously deep holes that cover the area’s roads like a pepperpot.
Gorst and Williams braved heavy rain this week to begin their DIY repair campaign on the busy Woolton Road and took time out for pictures illustrating the literal depth of the problem:
Residents told Skwawkbox that the roads have deteriorated sharply from an already poor condition, resulting in general unevenness punctuated by deep and steep-sided ‘axel-breaker’ potholes that put both motorists and pedestrians at risk:
If you hit one of these things, it feels like you could wreck a wheel or break an axle at any moment. What’s worse is that these roads are busy and get narrow with parked cars. You don’t see the potholes until the last second and the number of times I’ve seen people have to swerve hard to avoid them. If that happens when there’s a bus or car coming the other way, God forbid a kid or someone running across the road or later when a damaged tyre blows on a motorway, someone’s going to get killed.
Another added that the area’s roads are much worse than those of nearby wards with Labour councillors:
You don’t have to go very far to see that the areas with Labour councillors are getting not just faster but better repairs. It looks like they’re trying to make Garston voters angry with our councillors over the state of the roads, so I’m glad they’re doing what they’re doing. It doesn’t just improve safety, but it’s exposing the petty nonsense the Labour council is getting up to. They thought they had a right to rule here and instead of doing better, they’re trying to make others look worse.
Both councillors told Skwawkbox that they had raised the issue repeatedly with council officers but to no avail and had begun filling the potholes themselves as a last resort. Cllr Gorst told Skwawkbox:
These aren’t ideal repairs but they’re a lot safer than the massive holes they’re filling. The council’s not reacting so this was all we can do to keep people safe and hopefully get the council to do a proper job.
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