Rosie Cooper MP

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15/08/08 MP Rosie welcomes action over bin shed blazes

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed a pledge to rip out plastic cladding following a string of arson attacks on one Skelmersdale estate.

MP Rosie Cooper and Cllr Barry Nolan outside an arson-hit property on New Church Farm

Along with Ward Councillors Neil Furey and Barry Nolan, Rosie has campaigned to have the cladding removed from council-owned properties on New Church Farm, Old Skelmersdale.

The situation came to a head when a family, including a pregnant woman and an eight year old girl, had to jump from a first floor flat after arsonists torched their bin cupboard on Windrows, New Church Farm, earlier this year.

Just days afterwards, Rosie called a meeting of police, fire, council officials and ward councillors to demand action.

At the meeting, the district council pledged to consult with local residents about proposed changes. That consultation has now ended, and in a letter to Rosie this week, district housing chief Bob Livermore said that the majority (56%) wanted to see the cladding replaced with masonry.

Rosie said: “Bob Livermore tells me that the council is now drafting the necessary paperwork and hopes to see work starting on site within the next six weeks. I am glad that the council is finally taking action after burying its head in the sand for far too long.

“The safety of residents is absolutely paramount so I am delighted that the plastic cladding will be taken down. It has caused nothing but problems since being installed just a few years ago.”

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