17/04/08 MP Rosie launches bus battle for new cemetery
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has vowed to fight for transport links to the district’s new cemetery.
It comes after the Labour MP won her battle to secure a much-needed crematorium in Pippin Street, Burscough, which can be used by everyone in West Lancashire.
This means residents will no longer by hit by a so-called Death Tax – a charge levied on families who bury their loved ones outside of their own local authority area such as Sefton or St Helens.
Rosie is now turning her sights towards getting top-quality public transport links to the site – especially from Skelmersdale which historically has a low level of car ownership.
Rosie said: “I have always firmly believed that Skelmersdale deserves its own cemetery."
“The town has masses of vacant land and I know that certain sites have already been looked at. One thing I won’t let the district council do now is sit back and think it’s job done because they know full well that Skelmersdale has desperately needed a cemetery for years."
“But the fact is that thankfully now no-one will have to pay this grossly unfair Death Tax, so that will ease the burden considerably."
“And it’s important to understand that this cemetery is for the whole of West Lancashire. No one will be losing out, whether you live in Aughton or Ashurst, Halsall or Hall Green."
“In the meantime, we have to ensure that the Burscough facility is accessible to people coming from other parts of the district – and that means top-notch bus services.”