Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

11/09/08 MP Rosie calls for action over decaying sports pitches

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling for decisive action over the future of district council-owned sports pitches in Skelmersdale.

Rosie Cooper MP at Blaguegate fields, Old Skelmersdale

Rosie is concerned about the state of the all-weather pitch and shale pitch at Blaguegate playing fields off Railway Road in Old Skelmersdale.

She has lobbied West Lancashire District Council about the future of the site, which has become overgrown and a haven for weeds.

The pitches were closed in 2003 amid plans to redevelop them as a new five-a-side centre. However, the developer has since withdrawn their interest in the site and it now stands derelict.

MP Rosie is now pressing the council to take action and make a final decision on the future of the pitches.

Rosie said: “The shale pitch is covered with weeds and a large part of the all-weather turf is ripped. All together, that part of the fields is in a very sorry state.

“They have been slowly getting worse over the past five years and I think it’s now time for the district council to make a decision on its future.

Rosie has also lobbied the council following complaints from local residents about the lack of waste bins on Blaguegate fields.

She said: “The council has informed me that they have issued bags for teams to use on match days, and that any remaining litter is swept away on each Monday.

“The car park at Blaguegate has also been a problem area as people use that area to congregate at night, and they are discarding their litter in an irresponsible way. It’s a situation which has been made worse by the fact that during the last 18 months, litter bins which have been provided have been destroyed.

 

“However, the district council has given me an assurance that they will be reviewing the situation.”

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