Following an approach from Rosie Cooper MP, West Lancashire Borough Council have confirmed they are making the provision of electric car charging bays a necessity in all future planning applications for housing.
Having written to the council on behalf of residents concerned by the lack of charging points, MP Rosie received the commitment from the Director of Development and Regeneration that future housing developments must include the provision.
This commitment also comes on the back of West Lancashire Borough Council’s current locations at Derby Street in Ormskirk and Smithy Walk in Burscough where they offer electric car charging points.
Previously, MP Rosie has also written to supermarket chains Tesco and Asda who both have large stores and car parks in the area encouraging them to install points at their stores.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Residents are increasingly writing to me about the need to develop the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across West Lancashire.
“The growth of electric and Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles is continuing and I’m pushing for the local authorities and businesses to provide the necessary charging points, where possible.
“With new housing developments coming on stream and applications being made, it is promising to hear that West Lancashire Borough Council are making it mandatory for developers to provide charging points in new houses.
“This will go some way to encouraging more drivers to switch over to lower emissions vehicles, but we’ve still some way to go before we see more publicly available points right across West Lancashire.”
Following an approach from Rosie Cooper MP, West Lancashire Borough Council have confirmed they are making the provision of electric car charging bays a necessity in all future planning applications...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has recognised the vital role that North West farmers have contributed to the economy, the countryside and food production as she pledged to Back British Farming at an event in Westminster.
Farming in the North West contributes £684 million to the local economy and provides 33,163 jobs – this is on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and British countryside they maintain.
In addition to its role producing food, farming also supports the work of other industries, such as vets, solicitors, surveyors and feed merchants.
The event in Westminster was held by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) as a rallying call to MPs to support farming – during a particularly crucial period for British farming as the Brexit negotiations begin.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“There are so many worthy reasons to support British farmers, they are responsible for securing our fantastic British food supply, looking after our world-renowned countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy. That is why I am proud to wear the NFU’s Back British Farming pin badge in Parliament.
“These reasons are why I have pledged to Back British farming in Westminster and to ensure our decisions in Parliament reflect the strategic importance of British food and farming to the nation, and particularly here in West Lancashire.
“As one of the sectors that could be affected by Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, it is critical that as politicians we create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide the safe and affordable food that the public trust and demand.”
If you would like to find out more about how you can Back British Farming, you can join thousands of supporters of the National Farmers’ Union campaign by searching ‘Back British Farming’ online.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has recognised the vital role that North West farmers have contributed to the economy, the countryside and food production as she pledged to Back British...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured a commitment from the Department for Transport to consider and assess proposals for an Ormskirk and Burscough Bypass.
Billions of pounds are to be set aside for the Major Road Network which will allow areas across the country to bid for infrastructure funding for vital, local roads.
MP Rosie wrote to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling urging him to consider the merits of funding a bypass for Ormskirk and Burscough.
However, the Department for Transport have not yet come up with how they even plan to roll out this funding.
The Department are acting slowly, first going out to consultation later this year on how the funds may be allocated, before moving to inviting bids.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“There is an opportunity here with money set aside for the Major Road Network for funding to be allocated for an Ormskirk and Burscough Bypass.
“The Department for Transport are faffing about trying to figure out what they actually mean by investing in local roads, they need to get on with taking bids.
“It is time also for our local authorities to get to work on drawing up a plan for what a bypass might look like and where the route will go.
“A bypass in West Lancashire has been talked about for decades but I have not given up on it, certainly not in light of this potential to bid for Government funding.
“We need to see action soon, not endless consultations and talking.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured a commitment from the Department for Transport to consider and assess proposals for an Ormskirk and Burscough Bypass. Billions of pounds are to...