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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed Skelmersdale’s Tawd Valley Park’s nomination for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award, which aims to celebrate those parks and green spaces throughout the UK that are much-loved parts of their local communities.

Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.

All nominations and votes were submitted by members of the public, with the nominees including large nature reserves, small community gardens, sports fields and playgrounds.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is wonderful to see Tawd Valley Park being nominated for a nationally recognised award by a Trust that safeguards thousands of parks, playgrounds, recreation grounds and other open spaces throughout the country.

“Tawd Valley’s nomination should make us proud of our constituency’s green spaces, which bring benefits in physical and mental health and the chance to share in community events.

“I want to wish everyone who maintains and enjoys the rivers, walkways, and the variety of wildlife at Tawd Valley my best wishes for the Award.”

Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said:
“Despite their clear health benefits, parks and green spaces are facing an uncertain future. The UK’s Best Park Award celebrates the parks and green spaces which are so vital to the communities that use them.

“Recognising the UK's Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces and identifying the benefits they bring; access to good quality recreational space can contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and provide places for people to get together for community events."

Following the closure of the public vote on 3rd November, West Lancashire residents now await the announcement of the winner at an Awards Ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 29th November.

Fields in Trust’s newly published research demonstrates a direct and statistically significant link between publicly accessible parks and green spaces and health and wellbeing. On average, the more frequently park or green space trips are made, the higher an individual's wellbeing. You can download a copy of their Impact Report.

Rosie Cooper MP welcomes Tawd Valley Park's nomination for UK's Best Park Award

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed Skelmersdale’s Tawd Valley Park’s nomination for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award, which aims to celebrate those...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has expressed her great concern about the news that GE Oil & Gas in Skelmersdale are currently consulting on redundancies of between 78 and 90 jobs at the plant.

Having been invited to open the plant in August 2015, MP Rosie was very disappointed to not have been informed of the planned redundancy consultation by GE which has hindered the level of support she has been able to give to employees.

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Rosie was notified of the current consultation period by a member of staff who is a constituent and immediately spoke to the Plant Manager at the Skelmersdale site Martin Hoffman in an attempt to get the full details of the proposals.

MP Rosie has also tried to contact the External Affairs department based in Aberdeen who have not supplied a phone number for her to make contact with them.

Rosie has now offered to meet with members of the Consultation Representative Committee, in the absence of a recognised trade union, to discuss the proposals and support the workers in any way she can.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“This is a devastating blow to each and every worker affected by this consultation and their families.

“When the site launched just two years ago we all had high hopes of a long and stable association between GE and West Lancashire providing local employment opportunities.

“I am still seeking the details of the consultation from GE in order to assess if there is anything that can be done to ease or stop the redundancy proposals and support GE to continue operating at its current level of employment.

“We need Skelmersdale and West Lancashire to be a place where businesses want to locate and invest, providing jobs for local people. It would be a great shame if we are to lose such a high number of jobs without a fight.

“I’ve experienced redundancy in my life and know how difficult this period can be. I am available to any staff should they wish to speak to me.”

Rosie Cooper MP concerned by GE Oil and Gas redundancies

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has expressed her great concern about the news that GE Oil & Gas in Skelmersdale are currently consulting on redundancies of between 78 and 90...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined calls from ARRCCHS Ormskirk Residents Flood Action Group and Knowsley Ward Borough Councillors for the publication of the infamous Jacobs Hurlston Brook Flood Risk Study.

At an informative and at times heated meeting on Friday, which MP Rosie organised to address some of the flooding issues in West Lancashire, Rosie fielded questions from constituents to the panel which included six different agencies with varying responsibilities for flood defence and relief.

Members of the ARRCCHS flood group and Ormskirk’s Knowsley Ward Borough Councillors Gareth Dowling, Nikki Hennessy and Adam Yates asked members of the panel when they can expect to see the study be made public.

The report was first commissioned in 2015 and findings were shared under embargo at its earliest approximately 15 months ago, but there has been no further communication on when or if the report will ever be made public.

MP Rosie challenged the representatives from Lancashire County Council who were present on where the report was and why it hadn’t been made public yet.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The ARRCCHS Ormskirk flood group, my constituents, councillors and I are all exasperated waiting to see the findings of this report and its recommendations.

“We’re aware the Hurlston Brook Flood Risk Study concluded its findings in September 2016 and the document has been printed with an April 2017 date, yet it is still not available for public consumption.

“The issue is simply the public don’t know what the recommendations are, what actions can and will be taken and until we know we are at a standstill. We can’t make progress or hold to account any of the agencies mentioned within the report under its recommendations.

“This is a report costing over £100,000 of taxpayers’ money and unless it leads to action it is just money down the drain. The response from Lancashire County Council was not good enough on the night so I have subsequently written the Chief Executive to have this report published and actioned."

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Pictured: Ofwat Chief Executive Cathryn Ross addressing the meeting, with Rosie Cooper MP

Knowsley Ward’s Cllr Gareth Dowling, who has been a member of the ARRCCHS Ormskirk residents flood action group since 2014 said:
“As residents and councillors we’ve been working closely with the key agencies since before I got involved in 2014, and we were making real progress on uncovering the many flooding issues our area faces.

“It has been a thankless task for Carol, Pat and others in engaging with these organisations and lobbying to secure the funding for this much lauded flood report.

“In order for us to make further progress it would useful if we could discuss the report in public and see what recommendations in it we can action. Lancashire County Council need to release this report so residents aren’t kept in the dark.”

 

"Where's the flood report?" - asks Rosie Cooper MP

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined calls from ARRCCHS Ormskirk Residents Flood Action Group and Knowsley Ward Borough Councillors for the publication of the infamous Jacobs Hurlston Brook Flood Risk...

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