West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has reacted to the announcement of Lancashire’s Growth Deal saying:
“I am angry that West Lancashire has been completely ignored by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with government and that we will not see any of the £233.9 million from the deal invested in West Lancashire.
“I’ve read this investment is good news for the county. I’d strongly disagree I would say it is only good news for certain parts of the county. Lancashire Economic Partnership has in essence disregarded the entire southern communities of Lancashire in West Lancashire and Chorley.
“We have big challenges and opportunities in West Lancashire around transport, business growth and development, and regeneration but clearly they are not important enough to Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.
“Growth deals were intended to encourage local economy growth as our national economy is too London-focussed. Instead we will now have a Preston-focussed economy given the money they’ve have from the City Deal as well.
“You seriously begin to question what the benefits are for West Lancashire in being part of Lancashire.”
Earlier this year MP Rosie attended a Parliamentary briefing with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership in which she and other MPs disagreed with the plan and expressed their opposition to it going ahead whilst it failed to include all communities across the county.