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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has reacted to the announcement by Transport for the North (TfN) of their bid for increased transport funding for the North, with deep concern at the complete omission of West Lancashire from its plan.
TfN launched their Strategic Transport Plan this week yet among the 98 pages of ideas and aspirations, there is no mention of West Lancashire, Ormskirk, Burscough and only a passing mention of Skelmersdale.
Since 2012, MP Rosie has campaigned both locally and nationally for a railway in Skelmersdale, the second largest town in the North West without one. Throughout this period Rosie has raised the matter with numerous Transport Ministers and even orally with the then Prime Minister in 2014.
Lancashire County Council’s West Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan 2014 and Merseytravel’s Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy 2014 have discussed at length the economic and social advantages that a Skelmersdale railway would bring.
Rosie has also continuously campaigned for the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves and the bypass for Ormskirk and Burscough.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I have campaigned tirelessly for improved transport links across West Lancashire for many years, including Skelmersdale railway station, the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves, an improved east-west rail service and a bypass for Ormskirk and Burscough.
“This plan from Transport for the North disappointingly does not address any of these transport projects and risks ploughing all the resources into the North’s city regions while leaving behind economic centres and residents outside of these areas.
“West Lancashire needs significant transport infrastructure investment and I will continue to campaign for this.
“I have written to the Chair and Chief Executive of Transport for the North and the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Northern Powerhouse to ask why West Lancashire has been omitted and confirmed that I do not welcome this plan while it appears to neglect critical transport issues for my constituents.
“We need action and funding, not another talking shop.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has reacted to the announcement by Transport for the North (TfN) of their bid for increased transport funding for the North, with deep concern at...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Locally Southport and Ormskirk, as with the NHS generally, has been under great pressure over the holiday season which was discussed when I met with the STP and hospital bosses on Friday.
“I understand that the pressure is currently easing slightly but the outlook is still very, very difficult and I thank all members of staff who have worked so hard to look after patients.
“Local Hospital leaders together with NHSE and STP have been working together to ensure that patients get as good care as possible in the circumstances but there is no doubt the Government have serious questions to answer about lack of resources in the NHS and Ambulance services. My constituents spent many, many hours waiting with ambulance personnel or in A&E for treatment. With elective operations cancelled and a crisis situation in A&E throughout the country - it’s clear the Government's NHS winter plan has failed."
Pictured: Ann Marr, Chief Executive, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Amanda Doyle, STP Lead for the Lancashire and South Cumbria footprint and Co-Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners, Rosie Cooper MP, Richard Fraser, Chairman, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Responding to comments from the Southport MP Damien Moore, MP Rosie said:
“The facts speak for themselves, the NHS, the ambulance service, Southport and Ormskirk, and A&E are all struggling due to sustained underfunding by the government.
“Reports of scores of residents waiting at A&E for hours and taking up the limited ambulance resource available is deeply concerning.
“There are concerns that local demands are not adequately resourced and these concerns need to be investigated, which is why I have tabled a number of questions and met with the hospital about the waiting times in A&E, pressure on the ambulance services, and exactly what financial help has been given and whether some of this money that has been announced has ‘strings’ attached to it and may never arrive.
“We need to know whether all planned admissions have been stopped, how many cases they have of delayed transfers of care and whether the Trust is now at level three (with four being the highest) in the escalation management system indicating real problems the Tories cannot just ignore with a few words!
“The NHS is in crisis and the Conservatives will never be forgiven for starving it of the money and staff it desperately needs.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:“Locally Southport and Ormskirk, as with the NHS generally, has been under great pressure over the holiday season which was discussed when I met with...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging charities and community groups to apply for up to £2,000 of funding through the E.ON Energising Communities Fund, available for the second time this year.
To be eligible for funding organisations must submit a request which supports activities that help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, help generate energy from a renewable source, or provide energy efficiency advice for local people.
Applicants are encouraged to get their funding requests in now, ahead of the application deadline of Monday, 29th January 2018. Groups can apply for funding of up to £2,000 which may cover the full or partial cost of energy-related improvements and activities.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for charity and community groups across West Lancashire to apply for funding to support projects that reduce energy use, generate renewable energy or provide advice on energy efficiency.”
Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON, said:
“We’re really excited to be offering our E.ON Energising Communities Fund for the second time this year to give more local community groups and charities the opportunity to apply for funding.
“At E.ON we understand that heating bills can account for a large part of the running costs for a community group or charity and so their need to become energy efficient and save on costs is really important. With our Energising Communities Fund we’re able to support community groups and charities who would like to become more sustainable but don’t necessarily have the available funds to be able to progress with their plans.
“Since launching our fund in 2013, we’ve distributed over £140,000 to almost 85 community groups nationwide to fund energy-related projects and it’s been great to hear the benefits that the funding has had, not only on the groups and charities themselves, but the wider community who use the facilities. We look forward to receiving the applications and supporting more successful community groups with the fund.”
For full Terms and Conditions for the E.ON Energising Communities Fund and to access the application form, please visit eonenergy.com/community
The E.ON Energising Communities Fund is one of the ways E.ON is supporting homeowners and the wider community to become more energy efficient and to save money on their heating bills. To find out more about how E.ON could support, visit eonenergy.com
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging charities and community groups to apply for up to £2,000 of funding through the E.ON Energising Communities Fund, available for the second time...
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