Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

31/10/07 Rosie Cooper steps in to sort out car parking chaos in

West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper has stepped in to support local residents in their call for an end to the traffic and car parking problems on Aughton Town Green Lane. Due to the high level of traffic throughout the day, parked cars are frequently damaged and clipped by passing vehicles. ‘Mesh turf’ on the grass verges would provide residents parking. Residents believe this is a satisfactory solution to the problem which West Lancashire District Council could resolve.

Rosie said:

“I believe a solution can only be achieved with everyone’s full co-operation and that involves West Lancashire District Council, as parking is particularly difficult at the times of the ‘school run’ each school day.

I know the local primary school has a successful walk to school initiative and that Lancashire County Council, under their Safe Routes to School programme, plan to introduce a guardrail and an extended waiting area by the school entrance.

In neighbouring Maghull there are grass verges which have had concrete/rubber overlay applied known as ‘mesh turf’ to allow for overspill parking which increase the amount of car parking space yet retains the grassed area. Residents would welcome such a scheme in Aughton Town Green Lane as it would be a cheaper option than putting in parking bays and would keep the area green.

West Lancashire District Council, however, told Rosie Cooper that ‘mesh turf’ would not be an option and have so far shown little support to those residents whose vehicles continue to be damaged.

Rosie Cooper said:

“I am asking the Council to reconsider this. I commend the efforts shown so far by both parents and staff of the school but we need a co-ordinated approach to resolve this parking problem.”

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