Residents celebrate Pocket Nook clean-up plan

St Helens Star: Pocket Nook residents Steve Davies, Sue Tinning and Eddie Whittle with Cllr Jo-Ann Willmott and party colleague Lisa Preston Pocket Nook residents Steve Davies, Sue Tinning and Eddie Whittle with Cllr Jo-Ann Willmott and party colleague Lisa Preston

YEARS of persistence have paid-off for Pocket Nook people who are eager to smarten up derelict land and have gates installed at each end of a problem alley near their homes.

The eyesore open site on Pocket Nook Street, between Pitt Street and Farnworth Street, has attracted fly tippers, muggers and drug users but that’s about to change.

Town centre ward Councillor Jo-Ann Willmitt told the Star this week: “For the past two years I’ve been working with local people to try to get this sorted. People are fed-up with anti-social behaviour, drug users’ needles and the fly-tipping, which the council has had to clear away.

“Now we have been in touch with the landowners and we are going to create a community garden which locals of all ages can enjoy and help create. If they ever want it for development then the garden would have to go to be replaced by buildings, but until then it is up to locals to decide what they want.

”This is what can happen when communities show their concern about something. Maybe others would like to follow suit?”

The plan is to fence the site on the Pocket Nook Street frontage leaving access for residents of Farnworth Street and Pitt Street via the rear of their homes.

The alleyway between Farnworth Street and Pitt Street is being gated and workmen were busy erecting steel posts on Monday. The gates will close-off the rear of empty property on Pocket Nook Street helping allay security fears raised by nearby residents after a window was smashed.

Builder and Pitt Street home owner Steve Davies said: “Jo deserves a big thank you for all her help. It is four years since I got involved and what we’ve proved is that if you don’t agree with something, don’t just sit back and moan, make your voice heard and it will get done.”

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12:37pm Thu 10 Apr 14

jumperr says...

Why did the council take so long to do this.
Why did the council take so long to do this. jumperr
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Thu 10 Apr 14

anthonywilson says...

You can tell the council elections are close at hand. Residents in the area have been complaining about this for years.
You can tell the council elections are close at hand. Residents in the area have been complaining about this for years. anthonywilson
  • Score: 5

10:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

keepitreel says...

chance of a photo opp then funny RIMMER isnt photo bombing,that piece of land has been derelict for years and years just like one on the other side of the road were the council pulled down two houses,the people who live there have been asking for gates like ALL the other entries in the area for at least 6 years,the council dont need to ask if we need or want gates they just fit them and tell us its in our interest so WHY the delay on these,they started to build on the land a few years ago then stopped,so they spend money we have not got and the week it is finished the builder decides to start building again,only in STHELENS.
chance of a photo opp then funny RIMMER isnt photo bombing,that piece of land has been derelict for years and years just like one on the other side of the road were the council pulled down two houses,the people who live there have been asking for gates like ALL the other entries in the area for at least 6 years,the council dont need to ask if we need or want gates they just fit them and tell us its in our interest so WHY the delay on these,they started to build on the land a few years ago then stopped,so they spend money we have not got and the week it is finished the builder decides to start building again,only in STHELENS. keepitreel
  • Score: 2

7:55am Fri 11 Apr 14

stvo11111 says...

it as took so long cause at first we was pushed from post to post till we got the star push with with us to get things moving
it as took so long cause at first we was pushed from post to post till we got the star push with with us to get things moving stvo11111
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Fri 11 Apr 14

keepitreel says...

i ask again why has it taken 2 years for the council to erect these gates when all the other alleys were gated years ago,they did not need to consult the landowner ( why did it take the council 2 years to find them) they could have just erected the fence after first informing the landowner he would be liable for the costs as he had left an unsafe area,i dont think this is a good endorsement for the councillor and i would not be advertising the ineptitude.
i ask again why has it taken 2 years for the council to erect these gates when all the other alleys were gated years ago,they did not need to consult the landowner ( why did it take the council 2 years to find them) they could have just erected the fence after first informing the landowner he would be liable for the costs as he had left an unsafe area,i dont think this is a good endorsement for the councillor and i would not be advertising the ineptitude. keepitreel
  • Score: 4

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