Seagulls and rats run riot in filthy Merseyside street

People living in Bootle have voiced their upset over rubbish that is plaguing their streets.

Residents say they're fed up of seagulls and rats, as well as items like dirty nappies and rotten food strewn across the road.

John Lewis, who lives on Thornton Road, said: "Sick of this every week, seagulls have a feast and leave the street in a mess that is never cleaned up, we have had dirty nappies that have been in the street for two weeks now – there has to be another way to deal with waste.

Rubbish can be seen spread across the pavement.

"We need wheelie bins – some houses do not have outside space for bins, but there has to be a solution, surely it is a health hazard?"

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Clare Hutchinson said: "Our street's the same. Don't know why we can’t have [wheelie] bins like Liverpool. I get woken every Friday because of the noise and then the road looks like a bomb's gone off."

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Karen Holding added: "5 am every bin day the [seagulls] have me awake. I agree with Clare we should have wheelie bins."

Isobel Rowsell agreed, saying: "We have the same issue in our street. I try to put my bags out at the last minute to minimise the chance of the seagulls getting at them however I end up falling asleep early and missing the collection."

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The ECHO understands some homes are not given wheelie bins, as there isn't enough room for them outside the houses.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: "We can confirm that Thornton Road was serviced on time and all waste present to our crews was collected correctly.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of their rubbish responsibilities, which includes disposing of waste correctly and presenting any waste sacks out on their set collection day.

"This would stop any hygiene issues from occurring such as seagull interference and flies.

"There are currently more than 14,000 properties in the Bootle, Litherland, Waterloo and Seaforth area that still receive a weekly waste sack collection.

"These properties were deemed unsuitable for wheelie bins when the wheelie bin service started more than 10 years ago.

“Residents that receive this weekly service can however request a storage bin for their waste and we are looking into a number of options going forward to ensure a continued successful refuse and recycling service."