Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Rosie Cooper MP has sought assurance from West Lancashire Borough Council, as a housing landlord, that residents are safe from a similar tragedy.
In the days following the fire, several residents have contacted MP Rosie expressing their concerns due to their properties also having cladding. Although it is understood it is not the same as the cladding structure on Grenfell Tower.
In response to these queries, Rosie Cooper MP has contacted the Council’s Housing Director to raise residents’ concerns and seek assurances over the safety of properties in West Lancashire. In particular Rosie sought confirmation that current fire regulations are up to date and confirm the working order of fire retardant cladding used in properties.
Speaking about the events in London, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What happened in Grenfell Tower is an absolute tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. People have lost everything and, most tragically, some lost their lives.
“I would also like to add my sincere thanks to our emergency services who continue to risk their lives on a daily basis to save ours. Their work, wherever it is in the country, is vital and it is essential we recognise their service.”
Commenting further on residents’ concerns in West Lancashire, MP Rosie said:
“In reaction to the events at Grenfell Tower, residents on the Fawcett and Fairburn estates area contacted me as they’re worried about the safety of their cladded properties.
“Having spoken directly to the Council’s Housing Director she has assured me the low rise nature of the properties and the nature of the cladding are key differences with Grenfell Tower. I very much welcome Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey’s commitment to make contact with residents to address any concerns.
“An event like this should never be repeated and we must act to ensure it isn't.”
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Rosie Cooper MP has sought assurance from West Lancashire Borough Council, as a housing landlord, that residents are safe from a similar...
Labour's Rosie Cooper was re-elected on 8 June to represent West Lancashire for a fourth successive election. She was first elected in 2005 as the constituency’s first female MP.
Rosie secured 58.9% of the vote, increasing her majority by 3,329 to 11,689 up from 8,360 just two years earlier.
Speaking after the election result, Rosie Cooper said:
"I want to thank the voters of West Lancashire for once again giving me the honour and privilege of representing them in Parliament.
"I have always committed to being West Lancashire's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in West Lancashire.
"I also want to thank every single person who supported this campaign by speaking to voters on the doorstep and on the phone, those who delivered leaflets, put up garden stakes and posters, and who sent messages of support. Without them we couldn't have had such a successful campaign.
"We fought a campaign that was focused on a range of issues important to West Lancashire including the NHS and social care, school funding, policing numbers, and transport provision and about who was prepared to fight West Lancashire's corner on each of these issues.
"The Conservatives wanted to make this a one-issue election. The voters of West Lancashire sent a strong and clear message that their future is about much more than just one issue.
"Local residents are concerned about the future of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital. They want to see investment in flood prevention to better protect their homes. We need a railway station for Skelmersdale and let's see if the Tories honour their promises on the Burscough Curves.
"I stood on my record of delivery with the promise of more and I remain committed to fighting for a better deal for West Lancashire and its residents.”
Labour's Rosie Cooper was re-elected on 8 June to represent West Lancashire for a fourth successive election. She was first elected in 2005 as the constituency’s first female MP. Rosie...
West Lancashire MP Rosie is determined the Transport Secretary’s commitment to consider the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves will not be just another empty promise.
MP Rosie has been campaigning for several years for the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves to provide connections between Burscough, Preston and Ormskirk on the Southport to Manchester Line. As part of the renewed rail service, Rosie also supports the extension of electrification which will also mean the replacement of our current diesel trains.
In response to comments made by the Secretary of State for Transport about the rail scheme on a visit to Southport, Rosie Cooper has tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions to the Department for Transport.
Rosie is demanding to know the details of the department’s process for considering the viability of the scheme and the potential funding of the project.
Commenting on her questions and the issue of the Burscough curves reinstatement, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Back in 2011 I was campaigning for the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves when the Conservative-led government announced they were putting a hold on funding new rail projects.
“I am glad there is now recognition that the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves would offer real benefits for passengers, local economies and would improve local rail connections.
“I have always been clear that my long-term commitment is to see this rail scheme delivered. Increasingly the danger for West Lancashire rail services is that we become an island of diesel surround by electric rail services. Without the investment in the electrification of local rail services and improved connections this community would become more isolated and disconnected.
“I’ve tabled these Parliamentary Questions because this scheme is too important for the Transport Secretary to be offering false hope and empty promises.
“I want to see action and I want to see the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves given the due consideration it needs and deserves.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie is determined the Transport Secretary’s commitment to consider the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves will not be just another empty promise. MP Rosie has been campaigning...