Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

06/07/07 Heathfields Leaflet

Residents have expressed their real concerns about what is going on the Heathfields Estate. Parts of the estate such as the open space are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour whilst other communal areas have been ignored and left untidy by the developers.

Rosie Cooper MP said: “My office has been contacted by many concerned residents who are very concerned about the mindless vandalism, litter and how the area continues to be poorly maintained. I am fully supportive of the residents as this simply cannot go on."

"It is not acceptable for residents to put up with damage to private property and gardens, to feel unsafe in their own homes, see graffiti and litter strewn over communal areas as well as boundary fences continuingly being ripped down. I am fully supportive of the residents as this simply cannot go on.”

Rosie Cooper MP has even been approached by the local Conservative Councillor, (Ruth Melling) asking her to intervene as she has been unable to deal with the problem.

“I am urging the local police and the Conservative-controlled West Lancashire District Council to take action against this anti-social behaviour. The area needs to be patrolled and those who are committing offences should be prosecuted.”

West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper has had assurances from the Street Scene Department at the District Council that the public bin in the Rees Park play area will be emptied every two days and the surrounding area litter picked.

“I have written to both developers Morris Homes and Taylor Woodrow to ensure they keep to their word and carry out grounds maintenance. To allow the estate to become untidy and fall into disrepair is simply not good enough for the people who bought their properties off them in the first place.”

There is also a question mark over the boundary fence with Rees Park. The developers, Taylor Woodrow, are no longer prepared to repair the wooden fence and will not build a brick wall in its place despite the many requests by local residents and the police. However, the developers believe the solution to this problem lies with the police.

Taylor Woodrow have confirmed to Rosie Cooper MP of their intentions to hand over the responsibility for the upkeep of the area to the Council in September 2007. Provided the Estate is up to an adoptable standard the Council will take control of site. However, the Conservative-controlled Council stated it was always their intention to adjoin Rees Park and Heathfields which many of the residents were unaware of before moving to the area.

Rosie Cooper said: “I understand many of the residents were unaware this would happen and I therefore wrote to the Council to ask them to reconsider bringing together the two areas. I understand the Council are now reviewing the requirement that the two areas of public open space be integrated.”

If residents would like to make their views known or report a defect or problem please contact Rosie Cooper MP at 127 Burscough Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2EP, email: rosie@rosiecoopermp.net or telephone my office on 01695 570094. 

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