West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, working with residents of Thornberry in Skelmersdale, tackling the anti-social behaviour and criminal activity in the nearby underpass, which has plagued local residents for the past decade, has had some success in persuading local authorities and the police to strengthen the security around the Thornberry underpass.
Recently the local MP, Rosie Cooper, called a meeting with officers from West Lancashire District Council, Lancashire County Council and the local police along with District and County Councillors to find a solution to the long running problems. The problems associated with the underpass are damage to property, graffiti and vandalism, drugs, underage drinking and general nuisance behaviour.
The meeting was productive with all the authorities promising to take necessary action to tackle the problems that have blighted residents of Thornberry for many years. The police were very helpful and the County Council responded magnificently in promising to strengthen the barriers between the road and residents gardens, stopping people from making a quick getaway from the Police through their gardens. Previously LCC have also put in gates which allow people to pass but to inhibit the movement of Quad bikes etc.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Local residents have endured antisocial behaviour and nuisance on a regular basis. This has gone on for many years and the local residents have simply had enough.”
“The most straightforward solution is to close the underpass, however, it is amazingly difficult to close an underpass because it serves as a right of way. I called the meeting because even though we can’t close the underpasses, we must do something to help the local residents who face sleeplessness nights and constant disruption.”
“This problem is not specific to Skelmersdale. There are many communities across the country who have experienced similar types of anti-social and criminal behaviour in underpasses. I will be taking up with Ministers what are the long term solutions to the design flaws of 1960’s new town’s and what immediate help can be given to the question of antisocial behaviour and safety in underpasses."
County Councillor Chris Cheetham said:
“I am delighted we have been able to make progress on this problem by involving all the relevant agencies. I hope that the work will be done soon and that local residents can get the security they deserve.”
Rosie Cooper MP is in regular contact with each of the relevant agencies to ensure progress is achieved to improve the quality of life for local people.