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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.”

Rosie Cooper MP receives council commitment to street cleansing

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.

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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.”

Rosie Cooper MP welcomes ongoing maintenance on Dyers Lane Brook

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.”

Rosie Cooper MP secures increase to cleaning schedule at Two Saints Car Park

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.”

Up to 100 businesses in West Lancashire could benefit from rate relief

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.

Key statistics

  • 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 celebrates West Lancashire community's efforts to cure blood cancer

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: josh.niderost@psa.ac.uk.

The deadline for entries is 12 noon 30 October 2017.

Rosie Cooper MP invites students to enter video competition on 'Fake News'

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...

Rosie Cooper MP has welcomed the decision by the Environment Agency (EA) to continue to operate the West Lancashire Flood Pumps for an interim period.

The news comes on the back of a lengthy campaign by Rosie Cooper MP to ensure that the Alt Crossens flood pumps which had previously been under notice for closure in Summer 2017 are not just closed and West Lancashire homes, farms and businesses left to flood.

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I welcome this news as it gives us some certainty if only in the short term that these pumps will not just be switched off and residents in West Lancashire just left to flood in severe weather conditions.

“However, we must be mindful that this is just a short term measure whilst the government sorts out its legislation on who is responsible for what and how the flood pumps will operate in the future.

“I have previously campaigned hard for the setting up of an Internal Drainage Board (IDB) as EA are keen to offload the responsibility of future management of the flood and drainage pumps in the Alt Crossens area. At this point though, government legislation is blocking progress.

“Once government sorts itself out the responsibility will lie with local agencies including the EA, Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council to pull together and find a solution as doing nothing is not an option.

“We must protect people’s homes and businesses. This is land that also generates £230 million of income and provides 2,500 jobs. This is a vital sector of our local economy.

“I will continue to work to ensure there is progress made in parliament to allow for West Lancashire to protect itself from further flooding.”

Rosie Cooper MP welcomes the continued operation of West Lancashire's flood pumps

Rosie Cooper MP has welcomed the decision by the Environment Agency (EA) to continue to operate the West Lancashire Flood Pumps for an interim period. The news comes on the...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured the schedule from Lancashire County Council for their grass cutting in the borough.

In recent months, hundreds of residents have contacted MP Rosie raising their concerns about the poor state of the grass, lack of maintenance and even sub-standard work where areas have been tended to.

Rosie Cooper MP contacted the Director of Community Services at Lancashire County Council to raise the various issues and seek a response to deal with the growing concerns.

Community Services have notified Rosie that they have scheduled rural flail cuts for roads including on the A59, A565 and A5209 for May, July and October each year.

In addition, there will be six urban amenity cuts taking place during the peak season from April through October. These will depend on weather conditions as well as temporary traffic regulation orders (TTROs) in place at the time.  

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Hundreds of residents have been in touch with me disappointed over the state of some of the work carried out by Lancashire County Council or their contractors, or even the total lack of work around grass cutting and maintenance.

“The issue of grass cutting has led to many concerns that West Lancashire may become a less desirable place to visit or do business, and certainly in some circumstances the lack of maintenance at junctions and roundabouts has been a clear highways safety issue.

“People of West Lancashire want to feel proud of their area and the lack of pride shown of late about grass cutting and its visual impact has been disappointing for many residents.

“I am pleased to confirm that there will be six urban amenity cuts through the year during the next season, on top of three rural flail cuts along our important A roads including the A59.

“Whilst we have confirmed this commitment, I will be keeping a close eye to ensure the work is carried out in full and to the appropriate standard.”

Rosie Cooper MP secures grass cutting schedule

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured the schedule from Lancashire County Council for their grass cutting in the borough. In recent months, hundreds of residents have contacted MP Rosie...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has dressed in pink to lend her support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

MP Rosie is encouraging her constituents in West Lancashire to join her, and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.

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Rosie Cooper MP, joined by fellow parliamentarians in Westminster earlier this month showed her support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day.

Anyone can take part in wear it pink, which brings together schools, workplaces and communities. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink event at home, work or school, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now. Whatever you do, you’re helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

Rosie Cooper MP continues her support for women affected by breast cancer by joining over 190 MPs across the country in being a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, championing breast cancer issues both in West Lancashire and nationally, working towards a day that the disease will stop taking lives.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone in West Lancashire to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20 October. It’s such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.

“Breast cancer affects so many people in West Lancashire, so as a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador I am proud to take part in wear it pink to raise awareness of the impact of the disease locally and to show support for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research. I hope that everybody in West Lancashire will join me and wear it pink on Friday 20 October.”

Also in attendance was Sky News presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao. Jacquie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, is lending her support to wear it pink in the hope that thousands of people across the country will take part in the event.

Jacquie Beltrao said:
“I’m very proud to support wear it pink; it’s a great excuse to dress up in pink and have some fun while raising money for a really important cause. I have had breast cancer myself and following my diagnosis and treatment have become incredibly passionate about raising awareness and funds for research.

“Wear it pink has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now, which is incredible. The event raises funds for the charity’s world-class research, which will hopefully one day put a stop to this dreadful disease. That is why I’m asking people across the country join me, and the MPs who took part in Westminster, by adding a splash of pink to their outfits on wear it pink day and donating to Breast Cancer Now. I hope lots of people across the UK take part!”

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“It is fantastic that so many MPs dressed up in pink at our Westminster wear it pink event and we are really grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm shown. We hope that by wearing pink, Rosie Cooper MP will encourage her constituents in West Lancashire to get involved in their local community and help us fund life-saving research this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Wear it pink is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the UK to come together and have fun, whilst showing their support for everyone affected by breast cancer. Simply by wearing something pink and donating, you’re raising funds for life-saving research and helping Breast Cancer Now reach our goal that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.”

To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit wearitpink.org/2017 for further details, fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack.

Rosie Cooper MP wears it pink for breast cancer fundraiser

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has dressed in pink to lend her support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging Lancashire County Council Highways to reconsider their decision to leave Ormskirk’s County Road speed limit unchanged.

Following safety concerns raised by numerous residents of County Road, Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department have judged that there should be no change to the current 40mph speed limit.

Junctions at both Hayfield Road and Southport Road have a history of road traffic accidents, the Hayfield Road junction has incurred nine accidents in just the last five years.

Despite this, Lancashire County Council refuses to take action until further speed related casualties. Additionally, no alternative road safety or traffic improvements have been considered

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am urging Lancashire County Council to take a proactive approach and not wait for more casualties to occur, or even fatalities.

“County Road has many junctions some with lights and some without, and we should be ensuring that the road is as safe as it can possibly be to reduce the chances of further accidents occurring.

“Government guidance might steer one way, but common sense and local knowledge needs to have influence so we are not waiting for a death on the road before action is taken.

“It is disappointing that Lancashire County Council have the power to reconsider the speed limit on this road but seem comfortable with not addressing the issue.”

Rosie Cooper MP urges highways to reconsider speed limit judgement on County Road

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging Lancashire County Council Highways to reconsider their decision to leave Ormskirk’s County Road speed limit unchanged.Following safety concerns raised by numerous residents of...

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