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IMG_6243a.jpgWest Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has received confirmation from Merseyrail that they will be issuing Lancashire Police with an extension to their current lease at Town Green railway station.

Under the current lease, a deal brokered by Rosie Cooper and Aughton Parish Council in 2012, the police point has a lease to be in place until 29 March 2015.

With the end of the lease looming and Aughton Police Point at risk, Rosie has been proactive in ensuring the continuation of this vital community service.

Rosie wrote to Merseyrail, who will now be issuing a ‘Tenancy at Will’ to Lancashire Police which allows them to remain in occupation.

A further sub-lease to ensure the long term future of the police point will follow once Network Rail have issued Merseyrail with a new lease agreement for all stations and depots.

Rosie said:
“The tenancy extension and the willingness for a longer term agreement to keep Aughton Police Point open is fantastic.

“I know that local residents really value this important community service at Town Green railway station.

“I trust this information will reassure residents about the future of the service.

“Merseyrail have been supportive in issuing this Tenancy at Will and I am grateful for this. Aughton Parish Council, Lancashire Police and local residents will be pleased to be able to continue Aughton Police Point.”

Rosie Cooper secures extension to future of Aughton Police Point

West Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has received confirmation from Merseyrail that they will be issuing Lancashire Police with an extension to their current lease at Town Green railway station.Under the current lease,...

Whitemoss_1.jpgWest Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has asked:
“I’ve written to Eric Pickles, have you?”

This follows confirmation that the date on which the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP will make his decision on the Whitemoss landfill site application will be on or before 21 May 2015.

Rosie questioned the Minister of State Brandon Lewis MP in Parliament last week so campaigners and local residents are not being left in limbo.

Rosie is therefore still encouraging residents to write to the Minister outlining their concerns over the development.

Rosie said:
“Now that we finally have a date, we have something to be working towards. It is imperative now more than ever that we make our concerns known to the Minister to ensure we make our voices heard.

“The people of Skelmersdale and West Lancashire have been promised eight times now that Whitemoss would close, but here we are seeing an application for a 20 year extension and seven fold increase in size.

“This is completely unacceptable and additionally, there are a number of unaddressed health and safety concerns and issues.

“I still urge all residents to once again make their voices heard by sending a letter or an email to Eric Pickles. Time is running out. Government soon shuts down due to the forthcoming general election. There is no time to wait – write today."

Eric Pickles’s email address is: eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Or write a letter to: Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Department for Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

Use the points below – or better still, use your own words:

  • Eight broken promises – enough is enough. Residents have repeatedly been told that the tip would close, but the closure date has been extended 8 times since 1977.
  • Residents have had enough of living downwind of a hazardous site.
  • The Borough and County Councils say the Whitemoss extension isn’t needed as there is enough space in existing sites.
  • There is huge opposition from five Parish Councils and 3,000 local people, including doctors, councillors, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, churches, community groups, and West Lancashire’s Rosie Cooper.
  • Business leaders say the tip extension will damage economic regeneration in a deprived area.
  • Most of the material going to Whitemoss could be recycled or treated in a more sustainable way.

“I’ve written to Eric Pickles, have you?”

West Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has asked: “I’ve written to Eric Pickles, have you?”This follows confirmation that the date on which the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles...

Rosie_Cooper_MP_meets_with_agenciea_and_residents_over_Appley_Bridge_station_parking.jpgWest Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has responded to Appley Lane North residents’ concerns over parking and traffic problems in and around Appley Bridge train station by calling a meeting between them and numerous agencies.

Rosie brought together local residents, businesses and key agencies in an effort to find a workable solution to the parking and traffic problems along Appley Lane North.

Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail, National Rail, local landowners and residents all met with Rosie to discuss how to resolve the different issues they had.

Residents are struggling with the volume of parking near their houses, which is making it difficult to get in and out of their driveways, or even get down the road safely.

The problems arise from the high number of commuters from West Lancashire who use Appley Bridge station to travel to Manchester, as it is a cheaper station to travel from than Parbold and other West Lancashire stations.

Appley Bridge sits on the boundary of Lancashire County Council and Transport for Greater Manchester transport authorities, and the different subsidies lead to much cheaper fares for those travelling to Manchester than those travelling from nearby Parbold.

The meeting discussed a number of potential solutions including parking restrictions, charges and alternative parking areas.

Rosie said:
“The situation is a mess. It is encouraging that so many are travelling on the trains but we need to find a way to solve the problem with the lack of parking. Appley Lane North residents and business owners are having to live with the consequences and it can’t continue.

“Bringing all the interested parties together we have now begun the process of finding a solution that works for everyone.

“There won’t be any quick answers but if we don’t start there’ll never be any progress.

“Each agency is now going away looking into their own areas, including the potential for housing a car park on nearby private land, jointly managed by some of the agencies.

“I would like to thank all the residents and agencies including the police, Lancashire County Council, National Rail and Network Rail for their time and willingness to work with me to find a solution.”

Rosie Cooper meets with residents and agencies to to broker a solution to Appley Lane North parking problems

West Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has responded to Appley Lane North residents’ concerns over parking and traffic problems in and around Appley Bridge train station by calling a meeting between them and...

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