Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

11/01/11 - Comment on gritting from Rosie Cooper MP

In response to the recent snowfall across West Lancashire, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Lancashire County Council may be congratulating itself on a job well done but I know of no residents who share their view.  Carers unable to visit the elderly, buses sat in the depot, supermarket distribution lorries prevented from getting in or out of the depots, cars abandoned at the road side, ambulances stuck in the snow and another winter with people stuck in their homes for days on end with no grit or grit bin.”
“The response to the winter weather was once again woefully inadequate.  I received an avalanche of phone calls and emails from local residents feeling as if they had been abandoned once again by the local authorities.
“In the coming weeks and months I am sure there will be further reviews of the winter services provided by Lancashire County Council.  A good starting point would be to stop treating the heavy snowfall as an event that happens infrequently. 
“If what we experienced this winter is the shape of things to come then we need to be better prepared like our European neighbours or our friends in the USA with the right equipment and enough of it.”
To Council Tax Payers who are fed up with the inconvenience and danger they face after heavy snowfall and dangerously icy conditions and can't understand why the people they pay can't get it rightI would direct them to the comments of the the Conservative Transport Secretary who said in the House of Commons on the 20th December 2010 that ‘local authorities are the responsible bodies answerable to their electors.  They must make decisions about their priorities, and if they get it wrong, local residents know what to do about it.’


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