In reaction to the icy conditions on the roads and pavements across West Lancashire local MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Despite reassurances year after year from Lancashire County Council it is clear that they are simply incapable of keeping the roads gritted and people safe.
“I have had a huge number of telephone calls and emails complaining at the abject failure to grit the roads to make them safer. There are older people stuck in their homes, people unable to get to the shops for essentials, my staff helped to push people’s cars up Burscough Street as they were skidding and sliding backwards down the hill. There are local businesses for who this is the busiest time of the year and they cannot get their staff in to work.
"I am angry and frustrated that Lancashire County Council continues to fail the people of this area time and again."
“I think County Councillor Driver, Leader of Lancashire County Council, should come to West Lancashire today to see how Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and surrounding communities are affected by chaos and mayhem because of his lack of a good plan. How people’s daily lives, their businesses and livelihoods and even their Christmas holidays are badly affected by these conditions.
“Bill Taylor, Chief Executive of West Lancashire Borough Council, in his email to councillors says much of the public transport throughout the Borough has been significantly affected and this in turn has made it difficult for our own staff to get to work. Additionally, many side roads are passable only with extreme difficulty. In terms of our refuse/recycling and street cleaning service, this has been suspended as it is too risky to have large vehicles out on the road (particularly on untreated side streets) at this particular juncture.
“It seems we can put a man on the moon but can’t get round the corner, and here was I thinking we were in the 21 Century!”