A Knowsley Council executive director has retweeted a Daily Mail article which attempted to defend Prescot after a piece about the town appeared in the New York Times.
However the Mail’s article incorrectly said that Prescot was in Lancashire.
The paper was responding to a story published by the American paper at the weekend about the effects of austerity in Britain which focused on the Merseyside town.
A Knowsley Council executive director also tweeted out the Mail’s article, repeating the Mail’s headline that the American paper had ‘trolled’ Prescot and voiced support for locals and businesses in the town.
But in the headline of the Mail’s story published today the paper said that the town, which has been part of Merseyside since the region’s creation in 1974, was in neighbouring Lancashire.
Knowsley councillor for Prescot North Carl Cashman said both papers had somewhat missed the mark on parts of their coverage of the town.
He said: “There’s two sides to this story and both papers seem to miss them.
“Firstly austerity is biting and we are seeing the pinch of it – there’s no doubt.
“The New York Times article is correct to point out that services have been slashed and that the town has lost key facilities.”
He added: “But Prescot is genuinely a town on the up. We have much to look forward to but we still need to keep an eye on the two things that have proven to be bad for the Town, the Governments Austerity program and Knowsley Council’s poor decisions.”
The original New York Times article focused on the effects that austerity has had, particularly in Prescot, but also in other parts of Merseyside and is part of a series the paper has announced about austerity in Britain.
The piece sparked debate online with some people criticising it for painting a gloomy picture and saying parts of the piece ignored new developments in the town.
References in the article to the closure of the old police and fire stations have been at the centre of arguments about the article, with some pointing out that a new police and fire station has now opened to replace them.
Peter Goodman, the New York Times journalist who wrote the original article, pointed out that this was a consolidation, along with noting that some people he interviewed for the report were feeling ‘a loss’ about the changes.
Nick Tyrrell , Local Democracy Reporting Service