West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is organising a meeting to hopefully end once and for all the stand-off over disabled facilities at the Nye Bevan Leisure Centre in Skelmersdale. Rosie wants to bring West Lancashire District Council, Serco and disabled users of the centre, together to find a solution to the problems that have persisted for over 18 months.
The disagreement is centred on whether the refurbished leisure centre provides suitable facilities for people with disabilities and complies with the Disability Discrimination Act.
“For far too long disabled people have been getting a raw deal when it comes to the types of leisure facilities and services that are accessible and meet their needs. It must be our goal that all residents of West Lancashire have access to high quality facilities and services”
“I know there have been improvements to Nye Bevan to make the facilities more accessible for disabled people but clearly there those who believe that the District Council and Serco have not gone far enough. My aim is to identify where there is disagreement and get it sorted out. The quicker we do this, the quicker more disabled people can use the facilities, which can only be a good thing”
“One of my first parliamentary questions as a newly-elected MP was to ask about ensuring suitable disabled facilities were provided at Nye Bevan and this issue has still not been resolved by the Council and Serco 18 months on. I am sure that this meeting will be both positive and productive. The ideal result will be to get the issue resolved but if it isn’t, I will not hesitate to bring this matter to the attention to Ministers once again.”