Rosie Cooper MP

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19/06/08 MP secures victory in war on Old Skem flats vandalism

LABOUR MP Rosie Cooper has secured victory in her battle for residents in one Old Skelmersdale community.

Rosie Cooper’s campaign to secure a long-term solution to vandalism in Waverley and Whitburn has ended in victory

The West Lancashire MP has received assurances from West Lancs District Council that they will take action over vandalised flats in Waverley and Whitburn.

Parts of the cladding on the side of some of the blocks have been completely ripped off by vandals.

What seems to be happening is that missing tiles are being replaced, only to be vandalised again a short while later.

Rosie has now been told by the council’s housing chief, Bob Livermore, that her demands for a long-term solution will be granted.

Rosie said: “The Council is now planning to replace the tiles with a more robust form of cladding which I am told has already been used to great effect on a block of flats opposite Park Children’s Centre on Barnes Road, Old Skelmersdale.

“This will hopefully ensure that the problems with repeated vandalism in Waverley and Whitburn will become a thing of the past.

“I am glad a solution has been found because it means that residents will no longer be plagued by walkways which are full of smashed tiles and heavily vandalised properties.

“I am now pressing the Council to give me a date as to when work will start on site because as far as I’m concerned it is a case of ‘the sooner the better’.”

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