West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has written to West Lancashire Borough Council requesting that they review payment methods for residents without credit or debit cards wanting to use the bulky household waste collection service.
The issue came to light that the council only accepts payment by credit or debit card after an elderly resident was prevented from using the bulky household waste collection service. The constituent wanted to pay the £15.00 charge by cash or cheque but was not offered the option.
MP Rosie has written to the council leader on this matter asking for payment options to be considered to ensure residents aren’t disadvantaged or prevented from accessing council-provided services.
MP Rosie said:
“I know there is a real push for everything to be done online or payments by card, which is fine for a lot of residents.
“However not everyone has a debit or credit card and not everyone has access to the internet or can use a computer.
“They shouldn’t be disregarded or disadvantaged on that basis. For this reason I have written to the council leader to ask him how we can ensure local residents wanting to pay by cash or cheque can do so.
“One of the issues is the previous Conservative administration closed the cash offices.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has written to West Lancashire Borough Council requesting that they review payment methods for residents without credit or debit cards wanting to use the bulky...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on Arriva Rail North to get round a table with Merseytravel to discuss plans to save morning and evening services to Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations in Manchester for the benefit of passengers on the Southport to Manchester route.
At present there are plans to end direct rail services to Manchester Piccadilly on the Southport to Manchester line. All services instead would terminate at Manchester Victoria. Passengers would be forced to change trains, walk or travel by tram to get across the city but Merseytravel has indicated its willingness to consider running a limited service to Manchester Piccadilly for business travellers in the morning and evening rush hours.
MP Rosie has expressed her opposition to the current proposals under the new franchise held by Arriva Rail North, which would reduce existing services and hit many West Lancashire commuters travelling to work, university or the airport in Manchester.
MP Rosie said:
“By making all trains on the Southport to Manchester rail service use Manchester Victoria means passengers who work or attend university on the other side of the city will face further travel each morning or evening.
“I do not believe the current proposals for all services on the Southport to Manchester route to use Manchester Victoria is for the benefit of passengers, rather it benefits the rail company.
“These service changes will have a major impact on many West Lancashire commuters and we need to find a better solution.
“I very much welcome Merseytravel’s willingness to sit down with Arriva and explore the option of continuing services through to Manchester Piccadilly even if it is only a limited service in the morning and evening when people most need that service.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on Arriva Rail North to get round a table with Merseytravel to discuss plans to save morning and evening services to Oxford Road...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured confirmation that Wrightington Hospital will be restored as a stop on the 3A bus route following concerns raised by West Lancashire constituents.
Previously the 3A route was one of the subsidised bus routes that was withdrawn following due to the impact of government cuts to local council budgets. The service was partially saved in the county council’s £2 million reallocation of funding to protect vital local public transport services.
The 3A had served many West Lancashire communities passing through Ormskirk, Burscough Newbugh, Parbold, Skelmersdale, Up Holland, Roby Mill, Appley Bridge and Wrightington. Under the revised partial route the service would no longer stop at Wrightington Hospital.
MP Rosie raised residents’ concerns with Lancashire County Council on the exclusion of Wrightington Hospital. In response Lancashire County Council have written to MP Rosie stating ‘We are intending to make some amendments to the new network of services after a period of operation and customer input will be vital to these adjustments. One of the revisions will be to restore Wrightington Hospital as part of the route of the current 3A bus service.
Welcoming the decision by Lancashire County Council, MP Rosie said:
“For many West Lancashire residents of all ages local bus services are a vital lifeline to enable them to go about their day-to-day lives, whether getting to school, college, work, to the hospital, or to visit friends or go to the shops.
“I am delighted by Lancashire County Council’s willingness to listen and to act in restoring Wrightington Hospital to the 3A bus service route.
“This decision will make a real difference to many people in being able to attend hospital appointments or to visit family or friends at the hospital.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured confirmation that Wrightington Hospital will be restored as a stop on the 3A bus route following concerns raised by West Lancashire constituents. Previously...