Calls for tighter rule to stop taxes being used in clean-up

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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.”