West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined calls from ARRCCHS Ormskirk Residents Flood Action Group and Knowsley Ward Borough Councillors for the publication of the infamous Jacobs Hurlston Brook Flood Risk Study.
At an informative and at times heated meeting on Friday, which MP Rosie organised to address some of the flooding issues in West Lancashire, Rosie fielded questions from constituents to the panel which included six different agencies with varying responsibilities for flood defence and relief.
Members of the ARRCCHS flood group and Ormskirk’s Knowsley Ward Borough Councillors Gareth Dowling, Nikki Hennessy and Adam Yates asked members of the panel when they can expect to see the study be made public.
The report was first commissioned in 2015 and findings were shared under embargo at its earliest approximately 15 months ago, but there has been no further communication on when or if the report will ever be made public.
MP Rosie challenged the representatives from Lancashire County Council who were present on where the report was and why it hadn’t been made public yet.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The ARRCCHS Ormskirk flood group, my constituents, councillors and I are all exasperated waiting to see the findings of this report and its recommendations.
“We’re aware the Hurlston Brook Flood Risk Study concluded its findings in September 2016 and the document has been printed with an April 2017 date, yet it is still not available for public consumption.
“The issue is simply the public don’t know what the recommendations are, what actions can and will be taken and until we know we are at a standstill. We can’t make progress or hold to account any of the agencies mentioned within the report under its recommendations.
“This is a report costing over £100,000 of taxpayers’ money and unless it leads to action it is just money down the drain. The response from Lancashire County Council was not good enough on the night so I have subsequently written the Chief Executive to have this report published and actioned."
Pictured: Ofwat Chief Executive Cathryn Ross addressing the meeting, with Rosie Cooper MP
Knowsley Ward’s Cllr Gareth Dowling, who has been a member of the ARRCCHS Ormskirk residents flood action group since 2014 said:
“As residents and councillors we’ve been working closely with the key agencies since before I got involved in 2014, and we were making real progress on uncovering the many flooding issues our area faces.
“It has been a thankless task for Carol, Pat and others in engaging with these organisations and lobbying to secure the funding for this much lauded flood report.
“In order for us to make further progress it would useful if we could discuss the report in public and see what recommendations in it we can action. Lancashire County Council need to release this report so residents aren’t kept in the dark.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined calls from ARRCCHS Ormskirk Residents Flood Action Group and Knowsley Ward Borough Councillors for the publication of the infamous Jacobs Hurlston Brook Flood Risk...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper visited Hotter Shoes in Skelmersdale this week to personally congratulate the team on their recent shortlisting for the national Responsible Business Champions scheme.
MP Rosie nominated the internationally-renowned firm for the award which is run by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group.
Hotter will now wait to hear if they’ve been successful in being crowned the national champions, and will find out at an event in Parliament later this month.
Highlights of the nomination include Hotter’s commitment to the local community through their outreach work in business, education and the charity and voluntary sector.
Hotter supports the local business community through a number of initiatives including the Skelmersdale Place Board championing the Skelmersdale brand story. In education Hotter works closely with West Lancashire College and Edge Hill University providing a link Governor at both institutions, and also works with four local high schools each year supporting careers activities.
The shortlisting team also recognised Hotter’s support in the community, particularly their close links to Midstream and supporting the Skelmersdale Veterans Association.
Hotter also impressed with their commitment to environmentally friendly ways of working and procurement and its investment in people and workers through their apprenticeships, training and health and wellbeing initiatives.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Hotter Shoes is a fantastic example of industry-leading company who are constantly striving to improve and develop. An attitude and approach to business that has taken the company from Skelmersdale to many countries across the world.
“It is my absolute pleasure to nominate Hotter for this award in order to recognise the efforts they, and many other local companies make, in supporting their local community. The work they do supporting local residents into work and through career development and interview training is to be admired, not to mention their link work with schools and colleges, Midstream and the Skelmersdale Veterans Association.
“Skelmersdale is a place of business and companies like Hotter prove that as they continue to grow from strength to strength. We now look forward to the awards ceremony in parliament later this month.”
Sara Prowse, Hotter CEO commented:
“We are extremely proud to have been be nominated by Rosie Cooper to represent West Lancashire as a champion for business responsibility. Across our company we have teams working hard to forge and maintain links across education, the community and charities and this nomination is a great endorsement of their hard work and determination.”
Pictured: (from left)
Diane Langfeld – PA to CEO, Rachael Tinsley – HR Adviser, Dominic Appleton – CFO, Rosie Cooper MP, Melanie Killilea – PR and Social Media Manager, Andy Glover – Health and Safety Manager, Lesley Ashcroft – HR Business Partner
Rosie Cooper MP congratulates Skelmersdale's Hotter Shoes on their shortlisting for Parliamentary Responsible Business Award
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper visited Hotter Shoes in Skelmersdale this week to personally congratulate the team on their recent shortlisting for the national Responsible Business Champions scheme. MP Rosie...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging Chequer Properties to offer a full and detailed explanation for locking Skelmersdale United out of their Uretek Stadium.
Following the arrival of bailiffs to the Uretek Stadium stopping club officials and players from entering or using the grounds, Skelmersdale United have been forced to play their homes games elsewhere.
The only explanation that appears to have been given for this decision by the ground’s owners, Chequer Properties, is ‘breaches of contract’ by Skelmersdale United which appear to relate to a claimed 146 dilapidation order to the value of £253,000 and subletting without consent.
Club Chairman, Peter Griffiths, disagrees with the order, and says the club had been working on a number of health and fire safety requirements before the recent unannounced action was taken.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am horrified at the way this situation has been dealt with by Chequer Properties, who appear to have not communicated effectively with Skelmersdale United regarding the cause of their actions.
“Not only has Skelmersdale United’s ability to exist been threatened once again, but in the meantime the Uretek Stadium premises have been broken into with the safe and other items being stolen.
“Chequer now owe a duty to the Club, their players, staff, and the local supporters and residents to explain why they have taken this decision, allowed local football to suffer because of it, and then failed to provide proper security at the premises.
“Skelmersdale United has a proud history dating back to 1882, which is being undermined and threatened not for the first time by the actions and lack of communication by Chequer Properties.”
In an ironic twist, the first game that was forced to be moved from the Uretek was against Burscough FC – whose home ground is also owned by Chequer Properties.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“I am very worried that if Chequer Properties continue in this manner then commercial interests may wreck two local football clubs. I would ask them to put football and the local community before their financial interests.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging Chequer Properties to offer a full and detailed explanation for locking Skelmersdale United out of their Uretek Stadium. Following the arrival of bailiffs...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is pleased that the Chief Executive of Ofwat, Cathryn Ross has agreed to come and speak to local residents here in West Lancashire on some of the vital work they do and how they work with utility companies on investment plans to mitigate flooding risks.
Ofwat’s duties as the economic regulator of the water sector are laid down under the Water Industry Act 1991. They ensure that water companies properly carry out their statutory functions, that sewerage licensees properly carry out their activities and further the resilience objective to secure the long-term resilience of water companies’ water supply and wastewater systems.
Also at the meeting will be representatives from a range of flooding and drainage related agencies and bodies including West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Environment Agency (EA) as well as the National Farmers Union, local parish councils and residents’ flood action groups. Emergency Services have also been invited who often aid during and in the aftermath of flooding.
Along with a presentation from Ofwat on its role and its links to flooding, United Utilities (UU) will also be delivering a presentation and fielding questions from members of the public about their role, and their network with increasing housebuilding in West Lancashire.
Finally, Environment Agency have also agreed to update the meeting on the Alt Crossens flood pump situation, with the pumps initially due to be switched off last July.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am delighted that the Chief Executive of Ofwat, Cathryn Ross has agreed to come and speak with us here in West Lancashire on some of the vital work they do and how they work with utility companies on investment plans to mitigate flooding risks. This meeting will give local residents a more high level, strategic look how national organisations can help us locally.
“Having such a high profile speaker will ensure we continue to shine the spotlight on the flooding and drainage issues we have here in West Lancashire. It’s easy to forget just how vulnerable we are when there hasn’t been a flooding incident for a while, but homes and businesses have been ravaged in recent years, notably the Boxing Day floods of 2015.
“We must continue to work all year round to build up our flood resilience, address the issues causing the flooding, from blocked gulleys to farmfield runoff to over development, and ensure we are doing all we can to protect homes and businesses in West Lancashire.”
The Flooding Public Information meeting will take place at 6pm on Friday 3rd November at Christ Church in Aughton. Attendance is for West Lancashire residents only and must be confirmed by RSVP to email@example.com or ring 01695 570094 as space is limited.
MP Rosie has long been campaigning around the issues of flooding locally, and has been supportive in the setup of local residents’ flood action groups in Ormskirk, Burscough and Parbold.
Rosie continues to campaign for investment in West Lancashire and against the turning off of the Alt Crossens flood pumps. She is also campaigning for the setting up of an Internal Drainage Board (IDB) and securing funding from central government for this.
Rosie Cooper MP has met with Flooding Ministers in the past and also sits on the all Party Parliamentary Group on Flood Prevention.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is pleased that the Chief Executive of Ofwat, Cathryn Ross has agreed to come and speak to local residents here in West Lancashire on some...
Amid the current dissatisfaction with street cleansing and grass verges at present by many constituents, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper sought answers from the Borough Council’s Director of Street Scene.
Residents raised issues with Rosie over the quality of work and regularity of cleaning schedules in the borough, including around Nursery Avenue in Ormskirk.
Having written to West Lancashire Borough Council, it is clear there is still a disconnect between them and Lancashire County Council, with each organisation having different responsibilities.
West Lancashire Borough did confirm however, Nursery Avenue and its surrounding areas, like many areas across the borough, are on a two weekly cycle for manual cleansing, and up to 16 week cycle for mechanical cleansing.
Issues however remain over weed spraying, with Lancashire County Council opting not to carry out boroughwide weed spraying, leading to prevalent weeds establishing roots causing difficulty for the Borough Council’s mechanical sweeping to carry out its work effectively.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It’s a mess! I’m grateful for the commitment from West Lancashire Borough Council to regular manual and mechanical street cleansing.
“The disconnect between West Lancashire and Lancashire County Council is leading to our area becoming shabby and unkempt looking and residents dissatisfied with current service levels.
“Thankfully, Lancashire County Council have agreed to boroughwide weed spray for the latter part of the season.
“We need both councils to work together to ensure our towns and villages are an attractive place for people to visit and do business.”
Amid the current dissatisfaction with street cleansing and grass verges at present by many constituents, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper sought answers from the Borough Council’s Director of Street Scene....
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper raised concerns from residents of Dyers Lane about the poor state of Sandy Brook, at a meeting with the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Manager last month.
The brook’s banks were considerably overgrown leaving it both unsightly and potentially impacting on waterflow, while there were also reports of illegal dumping.
Dyers Lane residents have had problems in the past, having experienced heavy flooding in 2012 and 2015, and so it is very important this issue is addressed to ensure the state of the brook doesn’t contribute to any danger of future flooding.
The Environment Agency have responded by carrying out their annual maintenance work on the brook and surrounding areas. MP Rosie first secured agreement over the maintenance work back in 2015.
Rose Cooper MP said:
“Not only was the brook rather unsightly and overgrown, some residents were concerned over pollution levels. Therefore it is vital that the brook is maintained to an appropriate standard so as not to pose any risks.
“I welcome the Environment Agency’s continued positive response in carrying out the required maintenance work. Having visited the brook myself it does appear to be much improved.
“It is important that residents feel assured that the relevant authorities are working to keep our watercourses clean and well maintained to prevent any flooding.
“While some residents report that the brook has been used as a dumping ground, I would encourage any resident who is concerned to contact me on 01695 570094 or email me so that I can raise this with the relevant authorities.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper raised concerns from residents of Dyers Lane about the poor state of Sandy Brook, at a meeting with the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Manager last...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been contacted by residents who are concerned about litter at the Two Saints Car Park in Ormskirk.
MP Rosie contacted the owners of the car park, and their property management team, to ensure the issues over litter and general untidiness would be addressed.
Orbit Property Management, acting on behalf of Fairacre UK Retail Properties (Ormskirk), have agreed to increase its frequency of cleaning from twice to three times per week.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Residents contacted me concerned by issues over litter and untidiness at the Two Saints car park.
“This is a privately-owned car park so I contacted the owners and the property management firm to raise the concerns of local residents.
“I am grateful to Orbit Property Management for Increasing the frequency of their cleaning schedule this should ensure the area is kept clean and tidy from now on.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been contacted by residents who are concerned about litter at the Two Saints Car Park in Ormskirk. MP Rosie contacted the owners of the...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the commitment from West Lancashire Borough Council about the impending business rate relief changes.
Under the Supporting Small Business and Public House Relief Schemes, up to 100 businesses across West Lancashire may stand to benefit financially from business rate relief changes. Updates are also being considered to the Discretionary Business Rates Relief Scheme.
MP Rosie wrote to West Lancashire Borough Council to get an update on the work and to ensure that the schemes were going ahead and businesses were being identified who may benefit.
The Council Chief Executive has indicated that the financial allocations will be made in the coming months.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“With high streets declining across the country and small businesses struggling with the battle against online competition, it is important national and local government are doing everything they can to promote sustainability and growth for small businesses.
“I am assured that once the Council gets its specific software updated, they will begin to notify local businesses who could benefit from the new rules.
“For any business in West Lancashire who thinks they may be eligible make sure to get in touch with West Lancashire Borough Council for more information on the eligibility criteria.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the commitment from West Lancashire Borough Council about the impending business rate relief changes. Under the Supporting Small Business and Public House Relief...
Rosie Cooper MP has joined with Anthony Nolan to thank the 981 people in West Lancashire who have registered with the charity as stem cell donors.
The figure places the constituency in the top half of the UK (275 out of 650) in terms of the number of potential lifesavers registered in the area. 39 per cent of the community’s registered donors are male, and the average age is 36. Young men aged 16-30 are the most likely to be asked to donate to give someone with blood cancer or a blood disorder a second chance at life.
The figures come from Anthony Nolan’s Communities versus Blood Cancer campaign, which celebrates the people who have already registered as donors and raises awareness of the shortage of donors that still exists. Young men and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are underrepresented on the register, making it difficult to find a match for everyone in need.
In total, 645,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.
Now, Rosie Cooper MP is encouraging more people from West Lancashire, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am very proud that West Lancashire has 981 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.
“I strongly hope that more people from West Lancashire will be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer.”
Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said:
“We’re grateful to all the registered donors in West Lancashire for helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.
“Anthony Nolan’s pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible.”
For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit www.anthonynolan.org
About Anthony Nolan
Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The charity uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer and blood disorder patients in need of stem cell transplants. It also carries out pioneering research to increase stem cell transplant success, and supports patients through their transplant journeys. Every day Anthony Nolan gives three people a second chance at life. Find out more at www.anthonynolan.org
What is a stem cell transplant?
If a patient has a condition that affects their bone marrow or blood, then a stem cell transplant may be their best chance of survival. Doctors will give new, healthy stem cells to the patient via their bloodstream, where they begin to grow and create healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
- About 2,000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant from a stranger every year
- 90% of donors donate through PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection). This is a simple, outpatient procedure similar to giving blood
- We need more young men to sign up, as they are most likely to be chosen to donate but make up just 15% of the register
- We need more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to sign up. Only 60% of transplant recipients receive the best match. This drops dramatically to around 20% (one in five of transplant recipients) if you're from a Black, Asian or ethnic minority background.
- It costs £60 to add each new donor to the register so we always need financial support
- To join the Anthony Nolan register, you must be 16-30 and healthy. Anthony Nolan’s world-leading Research Institute has shown younger donors offer better outcomes for patients.
- Other organisations including the NHS British Bone Marrow Registry, the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry and DKMS have different criteria for signing up to the stem cell registry.
Rosie Cooper MP has joined with Anthony Nolan to thank the 981 people in West Lancashire who have registered with the charity as stem cell donors. The figure places the...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging all local A-level students in West Lancashire to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh year.
A highlight in the PSA’s calendar of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the annual film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2017-18.
Commenting, Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire said:
“We cannot undervalue the importance of engaging young people in politics. I’d encourage all West Lancashire A-level students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos and wish them well in their endeavours.”
This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: “Fake News: Is this the end of facts?” Groups of students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, examining what fake news is, what effect it may be having on the political landscape and what it means for expert opinion and ‘factual’ knowledge.
CEO of the Political Studies Association, Phil Sooben, said:
“The high levels of political engagement displayed by young people during this year’s snap election demonstrates an increased interest in and awareness of current political issues.
“This year’s Political Studies Association (PSA) student video competition on ‘Fake News’ is a unique opportunity for A level students to add their voice to an important discussion which touches on the PSA’s mission to ensure political debate is conducted with the use of robust evidence and integrity.”
Shortlisted groups will be invited to Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics. Previous jurors have included Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Victoria Derbyshire.
The winners of the Schools' Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster. This year’s ceremony takes place on 5 December in London. On top of this, the winning students get a week’s work experience with the YouGov political team during their school holidays.
“The competition is a great way for students to develop new skills, explore their creativity and get in touch with contemporary political issues. The added training that winning teams get from YouGov - at the heart of political polling and public opinion monitoring - makes this initiative ever more worthwhile,” said Phil Sooben.
Full competition details for 2017 and how to enter are published on the PSA’s website at: www.psa.ac.uk
The Political Studies Association (PSA) has been working since 1950 to develop and promote the study of politics. It is the leading Association in its field with an international membership of over 1900 teachers, politics professors, lecturers and researchers.
The work experience placement with YouGov will cover students’ expenses.
For further information, please contact Josh Niderost on 020 7321 2545 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for entries is 12 noon 30 October 2017.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging all local A-level students in West Lancashire to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh...