West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the commitment from Defra Minister for Water to meet with her and West Lancashire Borough Council over finding a solution to the Alt-Crossens pumping and drainage issues.
In his reply the minister stated “I appreciate your desire to find a fair and workable solution to these issues on behalf of your constituents.”
Following the announcement by the Environment Agency they will no longer continue to operate the pumping stations due to budget cuts there have been discussions including local farmers, local authorities, the National Farmers Union and the Environment Agency over the creation of an Internal Drainage Board. To date no agreement has been reached.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“We know the questions of pumping stations and watercourse maintenance cannot be ignored. West Lancashire already knows the consequences and the cost of flooding. Earlier this year we had a stark reminder when other areas of the county were devastated by flooding.
“I welcome the commitment of the Water Minister to meet with me and other representatives from West Lancashire to discuss the issues in more detail.
“As I have said previously, my position is that we need to find a solutions and that it is not an option to say it’s someone else’s responsibility.
“Failing to act will only store up trouble for the future.”