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On Wednesday 18 April 2018 at approximately 5pm, there was a road traffic accident on County Road near the junction with Yew Tree Road which cuts across the A59, in which a motorcyclist suffered multiple serious injuries and sadly later died at Aintree Hospital.

A number of police vehicles remained at the scene until past 9pm with the road closed during that time.

This accident follows others in recent times including the fatal collision at the Green Lane/Hayfield Road junction, and numerous crashes at the Fiveways junction further down.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“This is yet another tragic accident and my thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and his family at this time.

“On such a short strip of road along the A59 there have been a high number of accidents and collisions and this cannot continue. Lives are being lost and serious injuries being sustained.

“I repeat my plea to Lancashire County Council as the Highways Authority to prioritise the A59 County Road for road safety and traffic calming measures, as they have previously indicated to me that they would be relooking at the junction with Hayfield Road and Green Lane. 

“I have written to the Lancashire County Council Chief Executive and the Highways Director seeking urgent assurances that there will be a rapid response to this latest accident and for the whole stretch of road and its junctions to be reviewed at the same time.

“We need swift action to ensure we don’t have more accidents and fatalities on this road and that the junctions are safe.”

Another collision on County Road

On Wednesday 18 April 2018 at approximately 5pm, there was a road traffic accident on County Road near the junction with Yew Tree Road which cuts across the A59, in...

In January, following some internal damage to the ceiling of Aughton Police Point at Town Green railway station, the police point was closed.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was concerned at this closure after such a lengthy battle to get the police point reopened a few years ago and sought immediate action to get the work done and restore the police point for the residents of Aughton.

It has since transpired through MP Rosie’s investigations that the damage occurred in January, and on Lancashire Constabulary becoming aware of it, closed the police point.

However, it seems that blurred communication lines meant that this was not ultimately reported to Merseyrail until March – after Rosie had reported it to both agencies!

Merseyrail then carried out prompt remedial works and have now supplied Lancashire Constabulary with a direct reporting line for any future issues.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What a mess! Part of the ceiling falls through at Aughton Police Point and it takes two months to report this to Merseyrail.

“Meanwhile, Aughton residents are left without their local police point.

“I’m pleased that there is now a direct communications link between the Police and Merseyrail so this shouldn’t happen again, and more importantly the work has been completed and that the police point is now open again.

“Residents will be delighted to hear that Merseyrail have also indicated that they are formalising a lease agreement with Lancashire Constabulary to secure the future of the police point for the foreseeable future, should the police wish to continue with a presence at Town Green.”

Rosie Cooper MP and Aughton Parish Council previously brokered a deal in 2012 securing the Police Point at Town Green station which was extended in 2015.

Aughton Police Point issues resolved, reports Rosie Cooper MP

In January, following some internal damage to the ceiling of Aughton Police Point at Town Green railway station, the police point was closed.West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was concerned at...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has backed the Law Society’s campaign calling for the Government to provide legal aid for early advice in family and housing law.

Since 2012, legal aid has not been available for most areas of early legal advice.

A lack of free early legal advice can cause problems to escalate unnecessarily, adding more pressure on public services, potentially increasing the burden on the courts, and increasing the cost to the public purse.

The lack of legal aid for early advice is a barrier to individuals accessing justice, which has a wider impact on the rule of law and the ability of individuals to access their rights.

Speaking after a Parliamentary event on the campaign, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am regularly contacted by constituents with issues which could have been resolved sooner if only they had access to free early legal advice.

“We know the Government is currently reviewing the legal aid reforms made in 2012, and as part of that review I urge them to consider providing legal aid for early advice.”

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Law Society President, Joe Egan, said:
“A lack of free early legal advice can cause problems to escalate unnecessarily, potentially increasing the burden on the courts and increasing costs to the taxpayer.

“The current system is a false economy, meaning more cases are ending up in court that could have been resolved earlier, and more pressure is applied on our already stretched public services. We are calling on the Government to provide legal aid for early advice as part of their review of legal aid reforms.”

The Law Society launched its campaign calling for legal aid for early advice from a lawyer to be reinstated for housing and family cases in November 2017.

The campaign follows the publication of research by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by the Law Society, which shows a clear statistical link between receiving legal advice early and resolving a problem sooner.

The Government is currently reviewing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, and the Law Society is calling on the Government to restore legal aid early advice as part of that review.

You can find out more information about the Law Society’s campaign, including copies of a Parliamentary Briefing and the research conducted by Ipsos MORI on their website http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/policy-campaigns/campaigns/early-advice/

Rosie Cooper MP backs call for legal aid to be restored for earl advice

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has backed the Law Society’s campaign calling for the Government to provide legal aid for early advice in family and housing law.Since 2012, legal aid...

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