West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“There are no words that express the depth of my anger at the way West Lancashire Borough Council has handled their response to the dreadful flooding. The Council have shown their lack of humanity in producing a report, after three months, saying that they didn't have the expertise, and that they couldn’t and shouldn’t help residents to set up local flood action community groups.
“This would have stopped residents from applying to the Environment Agency for grants to install flood protection measures to help stop their homes being flooded in the future, preventing the misery of homes being wrecked and families having to move out for months and months.”
After Rosie criticised the Council and made arrangements to help residents set up groups in January herself, the Council were shamed into setting aside £5,000 to help set up the groups.
“This action is better late than never but may not be enough. You have to wonder about the values of a Council that can't use £5,000 to help protect their Council taxpayer’s homes while they have around £17m in reserves.
“If it only costs £5,000 to help West Lancs residents in their hour of need, I would have thought it a 'no brainer'.
“We need the Council to make these resources available as quickly as possible. While WLBC muddles along, it continues to rain and rain and rain and West Lancs residents and their homes remain under threat.
“I have issued a flood risk advice guides to local residents, but nothing will work if Councils play pass the parcel with the responsibility for flooding issues.
“Residents don't want to hear it’s not my responsibility, they want the Council to care; they want help especially from the Council they pay for. It's time for the Council to stop talking and start taking action to help stop the flooding that is causing so much misery.”