Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

13/01/09 "Get a grip", MP Rosie tells County Council

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on Lancashire County Council to use more common sense in gritting roads and footpaths as the icy winter bites.

Rosie has received a huge number of complaints from people across West Lancashire who have been put in danger because of the icy roads and paths that have not been gritted.

There have been calls from motorists who have had minor accidents or near accidents. The situation hasn't improved since the end of last month when one bus ended up in the middle of a roundabout in Birch Green because it had skidded on the ice.

On Monday 5 January Local bus operator Arriva had to cancel the 311 service between Ormskirk and Skelmersdale on due to icy conditions and the lack of gritting.

One gentleman fell over on Burscough Street in Ormskirk and had to be taken in an ambulance to Southport hospital for treatment. At least seven elderly people are known to have fallen over whilst using the footbridge from Tanhouse into the Concourse Shopping Centre.

In Burscough residents in sheltered accommodation were told by the county council ice outside their homes was not a priority.

Ormskirk town centre has not been gritted either during this period of sub-zero temperatures.

Rosie said:

"In these times of climate change with greater extremes of weather we are asking people to modify their behaviour. Lancashire County Council should do the same."

"They should use more common sense and help people out when it’s really bad. As it has been this winter.

"The county council needs to review its gritting policy urgently before people’s lives are put in danger whether driving their own cars, travelling as a passenger on a bus or even walking near their own home."

"It is completely unacceptable for residents to be put at risk in this way."

"I have spoken to Local Government Cabinet Minister, Hazel Blears MP, about this situation and asked her to review the situation. It is unacceptable for people to be frightened to go out and use their cars because Lancashire County Council haven't gritted roads."

"I have asked the Health and Safety Executive to examine the risks and dangers associated with the current policy of gritting roads and footpaths in West Lancashire."

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