16/10/08 Killer road: ‘Doing nothing is not an option’ says MP
WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper held talks with highways and education chiefs following the death of a schoolboy on a busy road in Skelmersdale.
Rosie met with bosses from Lancashire County Council and representatives from the young boy’s school, Lathom High, following the incident on Houghtons Road, Skelmersdale.
Christian Willis, 14, from Skelmersdale, died after he was seriously injured in a collision on the road last week.
It is the second time a teenager has died on Houghtons Road within the last four years, prompting calls for action from the community.
Rosie said: “I have made it abundantly clear to Lancashire County Council that doing nothing is not an option. The people of Skelmersdale want action over Houghtons Road and I am determined to make that happen.
“During the meeting, we also discussed a number of issues regarding access to both Lathom High and Our Lady Queen of Peace School. I raised the issue of the Summer Street pathway behind the schools, which is strewn with litter and is overgrown, making it a very unattractive route for pupils to use. I have raised this issue with West Lancashire District Council because this is their responsibility.
“All in all, the meeting was very positive. We will be having an onsite meeting next week and the County Council has agreed to report back in a month’s time to see what action can be taken to ensure that Houghtons Road is made safer.”