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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called on West Lancashire Borough Council to put an end to the blue bin anomaly which has led to hundreds of residents contacting her.

The council recently changed its bins policy with the blue box being phased out and residents being moved to the blue bin for recycling of their cans, bottles and jars.

When the blue bin was first introduced a number of years ago, this was offered to residents free of charge with no obligation to accept and the option to continue using the blue box.

The recent policy change means the council will no longer accept the blue box, essentially forcing residents to accept a blue bin - but now charging £25 for it!

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This has been an absolute mess with hundreds of residents writing in to me to express their frustration and dissatisfaction with the recent changes.

“Many residents tell me they don’t require a blue bin as they would never use anywhere near that amount of recyclable material over the course of a fortnight. Others say they can’t take a blue bin as they are a terraced property with no space for storage, and some even talk about having said no to the blue bin last time round thinking they would save the council money but are now being penalised for that decision.

“I have written to the Director of Leisure and Environment Services on behalf of residents to ask that this situation be addressed and for those who are being forced off the box and onto the bin to not be forced to pay the associated charge.

“I’ve also wrote on behalf of residents who can’t use or store an extra full size bin so that they may be allowed to continue to use the box given their specific circumstances.

“It’s not too late to change this policy and offer the blue bins free of charge, in the interest of promoting recycling across West Lancashire and offer refunds to those who have already paid for one.”

Rosie Cooper MP calls on Council to address blue bin anomaly

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called on West Lancashire Borough Council to put an end to the blue bin anomaly which has led to hundreds of residents contacting her.The...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has hit out at Arriva following their decision to reroute the 375 bus service away from Grimshaw Lane in Ormskirk.

Many residents have contacted MP Rosie concerned over the changes with the current route serving the Grimshaw Lane area well, including the residents of Whittle Drive and Scott Estate.

Arriva consulted on the proposed changes with three local County Councillors but failed to communicate with the MP, local Borough Councillors and residents.

Rosie Cooper MP has called on Arriva to carry out further consultation and research before arriving at a final decision on whether changes are needed or not. She said:
“Understandably, residents in the area are concerned at the extra walking distance to their nearest service, particularly many elderly passengers who take the 375 to Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals.

“Upon raising this issue with Arriva, because residents were told by the bus driver that the bus won’t be running any more, I find out that their consultation process involved a total of one email to three County Councillors - none of whom live in the area affected!

“Arriva need to rethink the changes and consult with the passengers and local residents first before going ahead with any final decisions.”

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Rosie Cooper MP angered by Arriva changes to 375 bus service

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has hit out at Arriva following their decision to reroute the 375 bus service away from Grimshaw Lane in Ormskirk.Many residents have contacted MP Rosie...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper continued her campaign for rapid improvements to the Northern Rail network that has affected thousands of commuters across the North West.

MP Rosie challenged Transport Secretary Chris Grayling again, following his ministerial statement to the House of Commons on Monday evening, announcing the Glaister Review tasked with drilling down into the issues that led to the Monday meltdown and subsequent delays and cancellations ever since.

Rosie Cooper MP asked:
“To describe my constituents as incandescent would be an absolute understatement. Colleagues across the house have described the impact this fiasco has had on people and families and individuals. I have listened carefully to the Secretary of State and he seems to have been reassured by information he has received, not tested that information to assure himself and his department that that information was correct. If that’s so, how can we be assured that he actually has tested and is assured his potential solutions?

Secretary Chris Grayling responded:
“We have got teams of people whose job it is to assure this, they did not see this coming, nor did the train operators, that is why the Glaister review is necessary because this should not have been able to happen.”

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Commenting after the debate, Rosie Cooper MP elaborated:
“I am pleased that a review has been put in place as we need to understand exactly what went so catastrophically wrong but it clearly cannot compensate in any way for the anger, distress and frustration caused to so many of my West Lancashire constituents.

“It is clear from questioning the Transport Secretary, that he had been reassured by Network Rail and the Rail Companies that everything was okay but his Dept hadn’t tested this advice to ensure that it would actually be okay, which has eventually led to this ‘heaping blame on teams of people’ who gave reassurance and who did not see this coming.

“This says very little about their competency of course, but Mr Grayling is the one who is ultimately responsible and the government needs to intervene strongly to get the trains running regularly to a published and accurate timetable. He then needs to sort out proper compensation!”

Rosie Cooper MP challenges the Transport Secretary

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper continued her campaign for rapid improvements to the Northern Rail network that has affected thousands of commuters across the North West.MP Rosie challenged Transport Secretary...

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