Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Rosie Cooper MP has sought assurance from West Lancashire Borough Council, as a housing landlord, that residents are safe from a similar tragedy.
In the days following the fire, several residents have contacted MP Rosie expressing their concerns due to their properties also having cladding. Although it is understood it is not the same as the cladding structure on Grenfell Tower.
In response to these queries, Rosie Cooper MP has contacted the Council’s Housing Director to raise residents’ concerns and seek assurances over the safety of properties in West Lancashire. In particular Rosie sought confirmation that current fire regulations are up to date and confirm the working order of fire retardant cladding used in properties.
Speaking about the events in London, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What happened in Grenfell Tower is an absolute tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. People have lost everything and, most tragically, some lost their lives.
“I would also like to add my sincere thanks to our emergency services who continue to risk their lives on a daily basis to save ours. Their work, wherever it is in the country, is vital and it is essential we recognise their service.”
Commenting further on residents’ concerns in West Lancashire, MP Rosie said:
“In reaction to the events at Grenfell Tower, residents on the Fawcett and Fairburn estates area contacted me as they’re worried about the safety of their cladded properties.
“Having spoken directly to the Council’s Housing Director she has assured me the low rise nature of the properties and the nature of the cladding are key differences with Grenfell Tower. I very much welcome Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey’s commitment to make contact with residents to address any concerns.
“An event like this should never be repeated and we must act to ensure it isn't.”
Rosie Cooper MP seeks safety assurances over property cladding in response to West Lancashire residents' concerns
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Rosie Cooper MP has sought assurance from West Lancashire Borough Council, as a housing landlord, that residents are safe from a similar...
Labour's Rosie Cooper was re-elected on 8 June to represent West Lancashire for a fourth successive election. She was first elected in 2005 as the constituency’s first female MP.
Rosie secured 58.9% of the vote, increasing her majority by 3,329 to 11,689 up from 8,360 just two years earlier.
Speaking after the election result, Rosie Cooper said:
"I want to thank the voters of West Lancashire for once again giving me the honour and privilege of representing them in Parliament.
"I have always committed to being West Lancashire's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in West Lancashire.
"I also want to thank every single person who supported this campaign by speaking to voters on the doorstep and on the phone, those who delivered leaflets, put up garden stakes and posters, and who sent messages of support. Without them we couldn't have had such a successful campaign.
"We fought a campaign that was focused on a range of issues important to West Lancashire including the NHS and social care, school funding, policing numbers, and transport provision and about who was prepared to fight West Lancashire's corner on each of these issues.
"The Conservatives wanted to make this a one-issue election. The voters of West Lancashire sent a strong and clear message that their future is about much more than just one issue.
"Local residents are concerned about the future of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital. They want to see investment in flood prevention to better protect their homes. We need a railway station for Skelmersdale and let's see if the Tories honour their promises on the Burscough Curves.
"I stood on my record of delivery with the promise of more and I remain committed to fighting for a better deal for West Lancashire and its residents.”
Labour's Rosie Cooper was re-elected on 8 June to represent West Lancashire for a fourth successive election. She was first elected in 2005 as the constituency’s first female MP. Rosie...
West Lancashire MP Rosie is determined the Transport Secretary’s commitment to consider the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves will not be just another empty promise.
MP Rosie has been campaigning for several years for the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves to provide connections between Burscough, Preston and Ormskirk on the Southport to Manchester Line. As part of the renewed rail service, Rosie also supports the extension of electrification which will also mean the replacement of our current diesel trains.
In response to comments made by the Secretary of State for Transport about the rail scheme on a visit to Southport, Rosie Cooper has tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions to the Department for Transport.
Rosie is demanding to know the details of the department’s process for considering the viability of the scheme and the potential funding of the project.
Commenting on her questions and the issue of the Burscough curves reinstatement, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Back in 2011 I was campaigning for the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves when the Conservative-led government announced they were putting a hold on funding new rail projects.
“I am glad there is now recognition that the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves would offer real benefits for passengers, local economies and would improve local rail connections.
“I have always been clear that my long-term commitment is to see this rail scheme delivered. Increasingly the danger for West Lancashire rail services is that we become an island of diesel surround by electric rail services. Without the investment in the electrification of local rail services and improved connections this community would become more isolated and disconnected.
“I’ve tabled these Parliamentary Questions because this scheme is too important for the Transport Secretary to be offering false hope and empty promises.
“I want to see action and I want to see the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves given the due consideration it needs and deserves.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie is determined the Transport Secretary’s commitment to consider the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves will not be just another empty promise. MP Rosie has been campaigning...
Commenting on the announcement of a general election on 8 June 2017, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has said:
“Today’s announcement reflects Theresa May’s focus on her own internal party problems rather than what is in the best interests of communities like West Lancashire.
“Every day I am dealing with residents and their families who are living with the cost of the Conservative government’s failures. An NHS in crisis, school funding cuts, a broken social care system unable to support the elderly and vulnerable.
“It is clear that Conservative priorities are not West Lancashire’s priorities.
“Having had the honour and privilege to serve the people of West Lancashire for 12 years, I will continue to stand on my record of delivery and fighting for the best deal for West Lancashire and its residents.”
Commenting on the announcement of a general election on 8 June 2017, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has said: “Today’s announcement reflects Theresa May’s focus on her own internal party problems...
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted Skelmersdale United Football Club have secured an agreement that will see the club playing football next season.
Commenting on the club’s announcement, MP Rosie said:
“Like the club’s fans I am delighted that Skelmersdale United F.C.’s immediate future has been secured and they will still be playing football next season.
“It is clear from the messages I have received from the club’s fans and Skelmersdale residents that the football club means a great deal to individuals and to the wider community.
“Throughout the week I have been in constant contact with the football club and have been in contact with representatives of the grounds landlord and with Evo-Stik League officials.
“I have seen the statement from the landlord of the current ground at Stormy Corner but I think there needs be greater clarity on what his intentions are with the ground and for Skelmersdale United Football Club.
“The priority now is finding a long-term solution for the football club about where they will be playing in the years ahead as the club can’t be left facing these threats to their very existence at the end of every season.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted Skelmersdale United Football Club have secured an agreement that will see the club playing football next season. Commenting on the club’s announcement, MP...
Plans to save the state of the art 3G football pitches on the former Glenburn Sports College site have taken a positive step forward that could see school pupils and the wider community using the pitches once again.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined Jo Whitfield of Delph Side Community Primary School, Kevin Davidson of SHARES, sports coach Jack England and Councillor Terry Aldridge for an onsite inspection of the facilities to assess their current condition having not been maintained since the closure of Glenburn Sports College.
This follows Delph Side Community Primary School’s meeting with Lancashire County Council officers during which they were informed that ‘from an estates point of view we are happy for you to have the equipment.’ This breakthrough keeps hopes alive that the football pitches in the heart of the town can be saved for the benefit of the community.
Initially Lancashire County Council and Delph Side Primary had received conflict advice on whether the football pitches could be relocated preventing any progress.
Now the way has been cleared for Delph Side Primary and partners, including SHARES, to pursue the planning permission required to relocate the facilities and equipment. It will also allow for the appropriate work to establish what works will be required to move the facility across the Delph Side school’s grounds in Tanhouse.
MP Rosie will be working with the school on securing the funding necessary to prepare the new site for the transfer of the 3G pitches and equipment, such as fencing, floodlights and goalposts.
Speaking after the site visit MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The possibility the football pitches could be saved for the local community is great news. Though there is still a considerable amount of work required to make this a reality.
“Delph Side Primary have been proactive in their pursuit of saving these facilities. The hard work hard of Jo and her colleagues has paid off.
“During our pitch inspection we discussed the importance of securing funding to save the facility. I am committed to working with Delph Side and SHARES to secure the monies needed to make this relocation happen.
“We all share the same commitment and determination to protect the 3G football pitches as Skelmersdale has already lost too many of its sports facilities.
Jo Whitfield, business manager at Delph Side Community Primary School said:
“Being able to keep such state of the art sports facilities within our community here in the centre of Skelmersdale would be a massive boost to local school pupils and the whole community.
“There has been a considerable amount of work just to get to this point where Lancashire County Council have been willing to even consider the relocation of the football pitches.
“We now want to move quickly with securing planning permission, establishing the practicalities of moving the equipment and what it will cost to do so.
“This is our one real opportunity to have fantastic, high-quality multi-use sports facilities available to local schools for years to come.
“It is great to have the support of our MP Rosie Cooper, Councillor Aldridge and our partners, such SHARES, in working with us to save these much-needed sports facilities for Skelmersdale.”
Kevin Davidson, chief executive of SHARES, commented:
“There is no question keeping these sports facilities so they are once again available to the people of the town and located in central Skelmersdale will be transformational.
“SHARES are committed to doing everything we can to support Delph Side on this project that is about more than football pitches. It is about the health and wellbeing of individuals, encouraging them to be active.
“There is great social and community benefits that can be achieved through people participating in sports activity, in bringing people together, in a town that has already lost vital local sports facilities."
If anyone would like to support the development of this project, be it professionals with experience in this area, members of the local business community or Skelmersdale and Up Holland residents, your support would be welcomed. Alternatively, if there are groups that would like to access the facility in the future please call us now. Speak to either Jo Whitfield at Delph Side Community School (01695 721881) or Kevin Davidson at SHARES Lancashire (01695 729897).
Plans to save the state of the art 3G football pitches on the former Glenburn Sports College site have taken a positive step forward that could see school pupils and...
Rosie Cooper MP has reacted with utter derision at the staggering incompetence of NHS Improvement in their handling of the Liverpool community health services contract, which has now seen them walk away from their original decision.
On 7 February 2017, NHS Improvement announced there would be a ‘temporary pause’ in the transfer of Liverpool community health services to the preferred bidder, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, after it became publicly known that the Trust received a ‘requires improvement’ rating in their Care Quality Commission inspection, despite NHS Improvement and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group being fully aware of this before they made their original decision.
Today (Thursday 30 March 2017) NHS Improvement have announced that the planned transfer of services to Bridgewater Community Healthcare will now not go ahead.
Instead, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have been appointed to provide interim management with the hospital’s chief executive, Louise Shepherd, and chairman, David Henshaw, taking on those roles at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust from 1 May 2017.
Alder Hey Hospital will be working in partnership with Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver these community health services across the city. There has been no consultation by NHS Improvement with patients, staff, or other health partners or any open process being followed in changing their original decision and abandoning the original transaction process.
At the time of the “temporary pause” announcement, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper ‘cautiously welcomed’ the decision. Responding to the outcome of the NHS Improvement assurance review process, she said:
“NHS Improvement have today confirmed they were wrong to appoint Bridgewater Community Healthcare to run the Liverpool community health services contract in the first place.
“It is by NHS Improvement’s own hand that we now have the evidence that Bridgewater Community Healthcare were not up to the job of delivering this contract safely within the finance available and that NHS Improvement made the wrong decision.
“I think it also proves that NHS Improvement are not up to the job either.
“In the end I was right to be cautious about this pause and what it would mean for the patients and staff of Liverpool community health services.
“Health bosses appear to have pulled an Easter rabbit from the hat with this decision. So much for transparency, it seems that NHS management now just makes it up as it goes along. There appear to be no rules in this smash and grab raid!
“All that has happened is NHS Improvement have tried to rectify one horrendously bad decision only to make another equally bad decision.
“I have absolutely no confidence in NHS Improvement's ability to put patients’ interests first and last, when it comes to health services.
“Patients and staff of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust need certainty, stability and assurances that the harm caused by past failings will not be repeated.
“During the pause neither NHS Improvement nor Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group have addressed the significant underfunding of the Liverpool community health services contract.
“The current budget is £81.6 million; this is after the current executive team at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust have already delivered £15 million in savings.
“After two years this contract figure will be reduced to £77 million, a further cut of £4.6 million, on top of which much more will be required to be done in the community for much less money. I understand that Liverpool CCG's Finance Director openly talks of a future financial gap of £13million on community services. This feels like the staff will be returning to the nightmare they thought they had escaped.
“The acute trusts, who are already running their own deficits, are going to take on an under-funded community service, together with Liverpool City Council’s efforts to add their cash-strapped social care services to the mix, while there also efforts to try to merge the Royal Liverpool and Aintree hospitals.
“This pause has not tackled a single one of the issues that could bring this crashing down. All they’ve done is changed the names of the players in their game.
“I have no trust or belief, on this performance, that NHS Improvement or Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group are capable of resolving this mess.
“There needed to be a long-term solution. Instead we got the exact opposite.
“When I spoke to NHS Improvement they were unable to say how long Alder Hey hospital will be providing this interim arrangement.
“When I asked about the next steps in this process they had no answers. Why? They are still working them out was the response.
“Apparently there is going to be a Partnership Board set-up to oversee the long-term solution. Once again they had no answers as to who would be sitting on this board, except themselves. It is clear that once Alder Hey have taken children's services, community health services will be integrated and run by the merged acute trust.
“NHS Improvement and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group began the process to secure a new provider for community health services in the summer of 2015. Over 18 months on and we are still no closer to a meaningful solution and one that puts patients and staff first.
“Every day we hear about acute hospital trusts being under incredible financial pressures and their daily struggle to actually cope with the number of patients coming through their doors.
“NHS Improvement’s answer is to, at a stroke, without a proper plan, to add to these pressures by adding community health services to this unstable mix from a trust that between 2010 and 2014 was harming its patients and staff and is only now recovering.
“All we have from today’s announcement is the overwhelming certainty that NHS Improvement should be renamed NHS Incompetent.
“For the patients and staff of Liverpool community health services, all they can do now is hope and pray that at some undisclosed, indeterminate point in the future their needs and interests are put ahead of what is in the interests of health bosses in Liverpool and in London.”
NHS Improvement more like NHS Incompetent after Liverpool community health shambles says Rosie Cooper MP
Rosie Cooper MP has reacted with utter derision at the staggering incompetence of NHS Improvement in their handling of the Liverpool community health services contract, which has now seen them...
Leading global hygiene company SCA has started work on a £12 million investment programme at a paper mill in Skelmersdale that will create around 40 new jobs.
The company expects its Tawd Mill in Paddock Road will be operational by the end of the year, and make SCA the biggest manufacturer in the UK of what is known as TAD or through-air-dried tissue paper.
Originally opened in 1999, the Tawd Mill was mothballed in 2008 but kept in perfect operating condition until additional manufacturing capacity was required. The investment follows increased customer demand for soft, high-quality TAD tissue.
Each year, thousands of tons of paper on giant ‘mother reels’ will leave the mill for other SCA sites across the UK – where tissue is converted into some of the UK’s best-known household brands such as Velvet, Plenty and Cushelle.
SCA’s existing Skelmersdale site on Pimbo Road, has 334 employees and is one of the largest sites in Europe for the production of the company’s ‘Away-from-Home’ range – that includes Tork folding hand towels used in hospitals, hotels and motorway service areas.
Following news of the investment, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “It is less than two years since I officially opened a new multi-million pound production line at SCA’s Skelmersdale converting mill.
“For them to make another investment of this size on their second site in the town is fantastic news, and speaks volumes for Skelmersdale’s ability to attract major global companies.
“The company operates in a fiercely competitive marketplace, and their commitment to the town is most welcome. I also saw for myself today that the Tawd site is designed with future expansion in mind and hope that this is not the last of the good news!”
SCA’s site manager Barry Clarkson added: “At the moment there is a national shortfall of high-quality through-air-dried tissue, and much of the raw material used in the UK is imported.
“Tawd Mill in Skelmersdale is central to our plans to increase our market share, and making a major increase in our TAD tissue production will give us a competitive edge in a very crowded sector.”
Leading global hygiene company SCA has started work on a £12 million investment programme at a paper mill in Skelmersdale that will create around 40 new jobs. The company expects...
Responding to the news that Skelmersdale United's future is under threat as they face having no ground, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
"I was extremely shocked and disappointed to learn that Skelmersdale United F.C's future hangs in the balance over being unable to reach agreement on renewing its lease at Stormy Corner.
"Having been to matches at the club and from the messages I am receiving from constituents, it is evident how much this football club means to its supporters. Many people have volunteered their time over many years to keep the club running. There is no doubt if the club had to close the gates it would be a massive blow for so many people and the community of Skelmersdale of which it has been a part since 1882.
"I have spoken to the Club Chairman and have sought to make contact with the landlord of the ground in an attempt to find a positive resolution that will see Skelmersdale United F.C. still playing non-league football next season.
"I am also in contact with Evo-Stik League, the F.A. and am raising the issue with ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as I explore all avenues to help Skelmersdale United's survival."
Responding to the news that Skelmersdale United's future is under threat as they face having no ground, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: "I was extremely shocked and disappointed to...
“In the aftermath of yesterday’s terror attack my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and their families who will mourn their loss to such a senseless act of evil.
“I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of PC Keith Palmer and his incredible act of bravery in tackling the terrorist attacker.
“My thoughts are also with the group of 13 Edge Hill University students and their lecturer who I’d been meeting with in Parliament just a short time before the attack took place. They had been on a Parliamentary tour before we met up for a chat on various political issues and my work as the MP for West Lancashire.
“Just before 2.30pm I left the group and headed off to attend a Westminster Hall debate. Little did any of us know what they would be walking into. I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn that four of the students had been injured. I have been in regular contact with Edge Hill University following the attack.
“I was in the Commons chamber throughout the hours that Parliament was in lockdown. Along with the updates from the Leader of the House, we were following events via social media and news sites on our phones or tablets.
“During this lockdown initial uncertainty and worry gave way to a strong and determined resolve within the Chamber not to take a step backwards in the face of such terror attacks. It is right that the House of Commons continued its Parliamentary business today as a demonstration of that desire to not give in to terrorism.
“An attack on Parliament is an attack on the very essence of our democratic society. We cannot allow these acts of terror to create divisions and hatred as this is the aim of such terrorists. We have to defend and protect our values of freedom and democracy.
“After 40 years of public service I can say that Wednesday 22 March 2017 will be a day I will never forget!”
“In the aftermath of yesterday’s terror attack my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and their families who will mourn their loss to such a senseless...