On Monday 17 December 2012 water was pouring off local fields, from the back to the front of residents properties and out on to Altys Lane following heavy rainfall throughout the day.
Residents contacted Rosie Cooper’s Office to raise their concerns that once again their property was at risk from flooding. The water was collecting in the road and was several inches deep in parts. It was spilling over the kerb and onto the pavement.
Residents met with a brick wall when trying to contact the police and Lancashire County Council. The two organisations were passing the buck leaving residents not knowing where to turn for help and what if any help was available.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It never ceases to amaze me how after all the recent problems we’ve had with flooding that residents continue to be messed about.
“My office received a call on Monday evening to say that Altys Lane was flooding again with water flowing off the fields. We called Lancashire County Council at 17.45. Their response was that the police provide the emergency out-of-hours service. A call was then placed to Lancashire Police who said that they are not responsible for flooding at all. This is the same response that constituents had received when they made calls to the two agencies as well.”
“This is quite simply unacceptable and not a position I am willing to accept. I’ve written to both Lancashire County Council and to Lancashire Police to demand some answers. We can’t have a situation in which residents are left not knowing if they are going to be helped and who is going to help them. There must be a better way of doing things than this, and we need to find it quickly.”