Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

21/12/09 Lack of gritting continues to endangers lives, says Ros

Lancashire County Council continues to put people's lives in danger and have not learnt the lessons of last winter, claims Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire.

This comes after a local bus slid uncontrollably on ice hitting a lamp-post and a garden fence causing serious damage to a resident’s home and to the bus, threatening the safety of its passengers and pedestrians.

Rosie Cooper MP said: “It is quite simply outrageous that one year on that residents are not seeing an improvement in Lancashire County Council's performance gritting West Lancashire roads. At the very least all bus routes should be gritted.  I cannot believe that the county council does not even do that for their council tax payers.”

“At the end of last year and the beginning of this year Rosie highlighted just how ungritted roads were unsafe.”

Rosie has met with Skelmersdale Business Watch, who expressed their concern for the safety of their staff travelling to and from work.

Rosie continued: “This situation is simply unacceptable and cannot continue with people falling over injuring themselves and drivers losing control of their vehicles as we saw on Parbold Hill on Saturday. I have written once again to Lancashire County Council to raise these concerns because they don't seem to have learnt from last year's accidents and injuries. We still await the results of last winters promised gritting review.  I have also asked them to clarify the situation on grit bins which it is rumoured are being removed.

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