CAMPAIGNERS have called for urgent action after the St Helens Reporter revealed the clean-up bill for some failed businesses is being picked up by council tax payers.
One firm, Willochrome Ltd, which rented a council site in Jackson Street, collapsed last February, leaving the authority with a £100,000 clean-up bill.
Andy Donnelly, chairman of the local Green party, said: “Land pollution and degradation has been the story of St Helens for far too long. The polluter should pay for the clean up, not hard-pressed St Helens council taxpayers.
“Local authorities need more powers to scrutinise the health and environmental impacts of a businesses, and industries should be required to systematically audit their procedures.”