Rosie Cooper MP

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30/07/09 MP takes direct action to tackle flooding problems in W

Rosie Cooper sets up West Lancashire Flooding Forum

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper hosted the first West Lancashire Flooding Forum with the aim of identifying and tackling the flooding problems affecting residents across all areas of West Lancashire.

Rosie chaired the first of these regular forum meetings with residents from Burscough, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick and Skelmersdale along with representatives from United Utilities, West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.

Rosie said:

“During my time as an MP I have dealt with numerous individual cases of residents affected by flooding. It became clear that rather than dealing with the problem on a case by case basis we needed a way to look at the bigger picture. Therefore, I’ve set up the West Lancashire Flooding Forum."

“The first meeting went exceptionally well. I am encouraged that through sensible discussion leading to action we can begin to tackle the flooding problems which can cause real damage to people’s homes and local area. Through the Flooding Forum we can really begin to make a difference right across West Lancashire."

“I am grateful to United Utilities for coming along and getting involved in the West Lancashire Flooding Forum; also for the support of West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council officers."

“If any resident is experiencing flooding problems on their property or in their area then please get in touch with me on 01695 570 094 and I will work to tackle the problems.”

Dave Parkinson, United Utilities network manager for West Lancashire, said:

“United Utilities takes flooding very seriously and understands the impact it can have on people’s lives. The meeting was very useful as it gave us the opportunity to tell people what we are doing to help them, as well as inform them about the different types of flooding and why United Utilities is only one of a number of agencies with responsibilities for flooding problems."

“It was also important to explain how we are strictly regulated by Ofwat and we can only tackle flooding problems, which can cost millions of pounds, if they are good value for money and remove a number of households from the threat of flooding.”

Roger Bell, a member of the Flooding Forum and Burscough resident, said:

“I would like to thank Rosie for her hard work in setting up the flooding forum. In Burscough there are many areas that flood. I believe that through the Flooding Forum and with Rosie’s commitment we will begin to see results given the real focus on actions that made the meeting so productive.”

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