Rosie Cooper MP called local agencies to a site meeting to seek assurances that residents will not be left with further flooding problems if the 500 home development at Yew Tree Farm goes ahead.
On Friday 3rd February Rosie met with officers from the West Lancashire Borough Council, United Utilities and the Environment Agency putting them on notice that she will fight any development on the site that does not resolve the flooding and sewage problems.
Rosie has previously raised concerns of residents living in the Higgins Lane area of Burscough about the flooding problems they experience at her Flooding Forum meetings. Rosie wants to ensure that should the Council decide to build more homes or workplaces in this area that it will solve these issues rather than making them worse.
MP Rosie said:
“People living in Burscough are already experiencing flooding problems. If there is not significant investment to improve the drainage and sewage systems then building an extra 850 homes in the village will have devastating consequences for some people’s homes.
“I wanted to meet the key agencies face to face to ensure that they understood the vital importance of delivering the necessary investment before a brick is laid. I will be keeping a very close eye on developments on this site.
“I know that many residents feel as if their voices are not being listened to when it comes to the Borough Council’ s Local Plan and believe it is unfair that the council have excluded option A. I called the meeting to make sure that residents fears about flooding, road infrastructure, and community amenities are heard loud and clear.
“I would encourage every person in Burscough to make their views know. If people don’t speak up then there will be a presumption that people support the scheme. Let the Borough Council know what you think by the 17th February.
On the same day Rosie met with a group of Burscough residents, including Gill Bjork, who have collected over 1300 names on a petition opposing the Local Plan proposals.