On Monday 25 September we will be walking from Ayres Road to Trafford Town Hall dressed as Rats in fancy dress (optional)!
We will be meeting at 5pm, at St John’s Community Centre, St John’s Road, M16 7GX, and will then be walking down Ayres Road to arrive at Trafford Town Hall at 6pm in time for an Executive Meeting of the Council which starts at 6.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to join us. You can either meet us at St John’s or if you can’t make it for that time, meet us at the Town Hall.
Why will we will be dressed as Rats?
Over a number of years Love Old Trafford have worked with the community of Old Trafford and local services to improve the environment of OT because we love where we live.
In 2015 Trafford Council outsourced environmental services, on a 25 year contract, to a company called Amey and created a partnership between the two organisations called One Trafford.
Since this time, we feel that the level of service provided by One Trafford has declined. We witness overflowing litter bins, abandoned contaminated green bins, fly tipping is not removed promptly or investigated and streets are not swept properly. There have been reports of vermin sightings…hence the rat theme. Dressing as Rats and walking to Trafford Town Hall is our light-hearted way to protest at the level of service. Nobody wants to have Old Trafford overrun with rats.
Members of LOTS recently met with our MP Kate Green and representatives of Trafford Council where we expressed our frustrations. On their part, they are collecting information about the level of service that Amey is providing and will be putting in place systems to monitor the contract more closely.
We also want to persuade Trafford Council to get rid of Amey and find another contractor who can provide a better level of service for the Council Tax that we all pay.
In the meantime, please make sure you report any environmental issues to Trafford Council www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/report-it.aspx It is important that you report issues so Trafford Council can build up a picture of the level of service provided.
In addition to this you can highlight the issue on Twitter using the hashtag #OTrevolting and copy in @loveoldtrafford @OneTrafford and @TraffordCouncil
We hope to see you on 25 September.