West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has accused Lancashire County Council of showing complete and utter contempt for West Lancashire residents after they refused to attend meetings called by the MP to discuss the recent flooding problems and the railway station for Skelmersdale.
Initially Lancashire County Council accepted the invitations to both meetings and were due to send representatives from the Environment Directorate to attend the Flooding Forum on Friday 19th October. Rosie Cooper MP was then informed the day before that Conservative-controlled Lancashire County Council had now withdrawn their officers from the meeting. They did so without an explanation or reason.
Rosie has written to both the Conservative Leader of the Council, County Councillor Geoff Driver and Chief Executive, Phil Halsall to express her surprise and to seek an explanation. Lancashire County Council are the lead flood authority and the local transport authority.
Responding to the County Council’s failure to attend the meetings, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“In recent weeks people’s homes have been flooded forcing some to stay in hotels. Farmers and business have been left devastated by the effects of the recent flooding. I’m working hard to deliver a railway station in Skelmersdale’s Town Centre because it is needed and will be a real boost to West Lancashire. For Lancashire County Council, as the lead authority on both flooding and transport, not to attend shows the utter contempt they have for West Lancashire, its residents and its issues.
“West Lancashire residents pay their council tax just like every other Borough in Lancashire so the least they should expect is for Lancashire County Council to show the slightest interest in working to help residents.”
“I am absolutely disgusted that Lancashire County Council sees fit to behave in this way. If they want to score points against me fine. However, local residents deserve an explanation as to why the County Council have such disregard for West Lancashire that they feel it is appropriate to behave in this manner.”
“All they have done is once again let down the people of West Lancashire. Local residents deserve better than the petty and childish behaviour of Lancashire County Council. They don't deserve to be in office!”