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On 12 July, Rosie Cooper MP asked a Prime Minister’s Question which was directed to the First Secretary of State, Damian Green MP, in the Prime Minister’s absence.

MP Rosie brought to the attention of the House the unfair funding arrangements set by central Government to deal with flooding in West Lancashire, and specifically addressed the threat by the Environment Agency to turn off Alt Crossens pumping station.

Damian Green MP said these concerns were ‘reasonable’ and invited MP Rosie to discuss it further with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The question comes as we pass the 18 month mark from the Boxing Day 2016 floods which devastated homes, business, and land in West Lancashire yet there is still no sustainable solution agreed to manage flooding in the area.

Rosie has long campaigned for the setting up of an Internal Drainage Board but this relies heavily on funding which local agencies don’t have, and the Government has so far refused to take responsibility.

Rosie Cooper, Labour West Lancashire:

How can the Government continue to justify not providing fair and equitable funding arrangements for West Lancashire to support water level management organisations, otherwise known as drainage boards, to help protect homes and the agriculture and horticulture industries critical to the local economy, instead of causing the Environment Agency to threaten to turn off the Alt Crossens pumping station?

Damian Green, First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Conservative, Ashford

The hon. Lady raises a reasonable point about the Environment Agency. It is the Environment Agency’s duty to ensure that water supplies are good and safe. If she wishes to bring up this issue with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, I am sure he will be happy to talk to her about it.

After the Question, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:

“Residents in West Lancashire are being devastated by flooding increasingly regularly to the point where many live in fear each time it rains.

“Since the Boxing Day floods in 2015, we have seen little to no progress on the setting up of an Internal Drainage Board, and a lack of leadership from the designated Local Lead flood Authority, Lancashire County Council.

“To add to this we have been served the notice of the closure of five satellite pumping stations, which will only exacerbate the situation.

“I will take this opportunity to follow up with the Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and keep campaigning until we reach an agreement on protecting West Lancashire from further floods.

“We must find a solution to protect residents, businesses and farmland, land that generates £230 million of income and provides 2,500 jobs and is a vital sector of our local economy.”

Rosie Cooper MP asks Government about its flood funding in West Lancashire

On 12 July, Rosie Cooper MP asked a Prime Minister’s Question which was directed to the First Secretary of State, Damian Green MP, in the Prime Minister’s absence. MP Rosie...

 

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Rosie Cooper MP joined club members at Ormskirk Rugby Club for their NatWest RugbyForce weekend.

The club’s Chairman Brian ‘Biscuit’ Stevenson invited MP Rosie to the club to take part in the weekend and learn about the history and ambitious future plans for Ormskirk Rugby.

Recent years have seen the club invest thousands of pounds in improving their changing areas and social facilities.

Over the RugbyForce weekend, volunteers worked on painting the goal posts, weeding the car park area, painting the internal walls, building a functional new scrum machine and most importantly laying down a new patio area at the rear of the club.

The patio is already proving popular with members who can sit out and have a drink, and is ideal for barbecues.

Rosie Cooper MP said of her visit:

“I’d like to thank Brian for inviting me down and showing me around the club and introducing me to so many hard-working community volunteers. They are the lifeblood of these organisations and do it free of charge in their own time.

“The improvements the club has made in recent years are evident with quality player changing facilities and a lovely bar area for events and socialising.

“Ormskirk Rugby Club has been part of this town for nearly a hundred years and I look forward to supporting it in any way I can in the future, as they look to continue their recent growth and success building the club, and translating that as they improve on the pitch as well.”

Ormskirk Rugby Club Chairman Brian Stevenson said:

“We’ve done well in these volunteer events in recent years and securing a grant from NatWest RugbyForce in conjunction with the RFU was really useful, which allowed us to purchase the materials to carry out some of the improvement works.

“I’m very grateful to our Member of Parliament Rosie Cooper for taking the time to visit us, and giving us her backing to our ambitious plans to improve the club and area and be an asset to the local community.”

Rosie Cooper MP joins volunteers at Ormskirk Rugby Club

  Rosie Cooper MP joined club members at Ormskirk Rugby Club for their NatWest RugbyForce weekend. The club’s Chairman Brian ‘Biscuit’ Stevenson invited MP Rosie to the club to take...

After the decision earlier this year by Arriva North West to terminate the 313 bus service, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper welcomes an alternative bus agreed by Lancashire County Council.

MP Rosie recently called for a replacement bus service to ensure residents are not left isolated. On 13 July, the Council agreed that a service will be provided.

There will now be a 312 service running the same route as the 3A, with added stops at Wrightington Hospital, and a 313 service to additionally serve Birch Green and Ashurst; maintaining links to Asda, Newburgh, and Parbold.

Rosie Cooper MP commented:

"We simply shouldn't have been here in the first place.

"The 313 was used for 85,000 journeys a year. It would have been totally wrong if residents were left without a replacement, especially in an area that relies heavily on these services. For many, the bus is their means to shops, work, and other important transport connections.

"To lose this bus service would have been a devastating blow for residents as they’d have been forced to walk miles or fork out for taxis.

“The Council have recommended that the decision should be implemented immediately. There can be no delay in providing vital services for residents.”

 

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper welcomes public transport lifeline for Skelmersdale

After the decision earlier this year by Arriva North West to terminate the 313 bus service, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper welcomes an alternative bus agreed by Lancashire County Council....

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