Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

16/01/09 MP Rosie slams council for playing “pass the parcel”

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has slammed the district council for playing “pass the parcel” over an issue surrounding a footpath in Skelmersdale.

Rosie wrote to West Lancashire District Council about the state of a footpath which runs across Blaguegate Play Fields back in August. A resident raised concerns about part of the path which had been uprooted by a large tree near the disused all-weather area.

However, the district council refused to accept responsibility, and claimed that it was a matter for Lancashire County Council matter.

Three months later after a further five letters from WLDC, they eventually acknowledged that the maintenance of the path was their responsibility after all.

Rosie said: “What should have been a very straightforward matter turned into a game of pass the parcel which dragged on for months and, frankly, it is not good enough."

“It was because I refused to let the matter lie that WLDC finally admitted that they were responsible for the path."

“I am pleased that the path has now been inspected and is due to be repaired in the near future."

“However, this isn’t the first time that there has been buck passing between the district and county councils and I would urge both authorities to work together to resolve issues far more quickly than has been the case in the past.”

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