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On Wednesday 18 April 2018 at approximately 5pm, there was a road traffic accident on County Road near the junction with Yew Tree Road which cuts across the A59, in which a motorcyclist suffered multiple serious injuries and sadly later died at Aintree Hospital.

A number of police vehicles remained at the scene until past 9pm with the road closed during that time.

This accident follows others in recent times including the fatal collision at the Green Lane/Hayfield Road junction, and numerous crashes at the Fiveways junction further down.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“This is yet another tragic accident and my thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and his family at this time.

“On such a short strip of road along the A59 there have been a high number of accidents and collisions and this cannot continue. Lives are being lost and serious injuries being sustained.

“I repeat my plea to Lancashire County Council as the Highways Authority to prioritise the A59 County Road for road safety and traffic calming measures, as they have previously indicated to me that they would be relooking at the junction with Hayfield Road and Green Lane. 

“I have written to the Lancashire County Council Chief Executive and the Highways Director seeking urgent assurances that there will be a rapid response to this latest accident and for the whole stretch of road and its junctions to be reviewed at the same time.

“We need swift action to ensure we don’t have more accidents and fatalities on this road and that the junctions are safe.”

Another collision on County Road

On Wednesday 18 April 2018 at approximately 5pm, there was a road traffic accident on County Road near the junction with Yew Tree Road which cuts across the A59, in...

In January, following some internal damage to the ceiling of Aughton Police Point at Town Green railway station, the police point was closed.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was concerned at this closure after such a lengthy battle to get the police point reopened a few years ago and sought immediate action to get the work done and restore the police point for the residents of Aughton.

It has since transpired through MP Rosie’s investigations that the damage occurred in January, and on Lancashire Constabulary becoming aware of it, closed the police point.

However, it seems that blurred communication lines meant that this was not ultimately reported to Merseyrail until March – after Rosie had reported it to both agencies!

Merseyrail then carried out prompt remedial works and have now supplied Lancashire Constabulary with a direct reporting line for any future issues.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What a mess! Part of the ceiling falls through at Aughton Police Point and it takes two months to report this to Merseyrail.

“Meanwhile, Aughton residents are left without their local police point.

“I’m pleased that there is now a direct communications link between the Police and Merseyrail so this shouldn’t happen again, and more importantly the work has been completed and that the police point is now open again.

“Residents will be delighted to hear that Merseyrail have also indicated that they are formalising a lease agreement with Lancashire Constabulary to secure the future of the police point for the foreseeable future, should the police wish to continue with a presence at Town Green.”

Rosie Cooper MP and Aughton Parish Council previously brokered a deal in 2012 securing the Police Point at Town Green station which was extended in 2015.

Aughton Police Point issues resolved, reports Rosie Cooper MP

In January, following some internal damage to the ceiling of Aughton Police Point at Town Green railway station, the police point was closed.West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was concerned at...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has backed the Law Society’s campaign calling for the Government to provide legal aid for early advice in family and housing law.

Since 2012, legal aid has not been available for most areas of early legal advice.

A lack of free early legal advice can cause problems to escalate unnecessarily, adding more pressure on public services, potentially increasing the burden on the courts, and increasing the cost to the public purse.

The lack of legal aid for early advice is a barrier to individuals accessing justice, which has a wider impact on the rule of law and the ability of individuals to access their rights.

Speaking after a Parliamentary event on the campaign, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am regularly contacted by constituents with issues which could have been resolved sooner if only they had access to free early legal advice.

“We know the Government is currently reviewing the legal aid reforms made in 2012, and as part of that review I urge them to consider providing legal aid for early advice.”

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Law Society President, Joe Egan, said:
“A lack of free early legal advice can cause problems to escalate unnecessarily, potentially increasing the burden on the courts and increasing costs to the taxpayer.

“The current system is a false economy, meaning more cases are ending up in court that could have been resolved earlier, and more pressure is applied on our already stretched public services. We are calling on the Government to provide legal aid for early advice as part of their review of legal aid reforms.”

The Law Society launched its campaign calling for legal aid for early advice from a lawyer to be reinstated for housing and family cases in November 2017.

The campaign follows the publication of research by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by the Law Society, which shows a clear statistical link between receiving legal advice early and resolving a problem sooner.

The Government is currently reviewing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, and the Law Society is calling on the Government to restore legal aid early advice as part of that review.

You can find out more information about the Law Society’s campaign, including copies of a Parliamentary Briefing and the research conducted by Ipsos MORI on their website http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/policy-campaigns/campaigns/early-advice/

Rosie Cooper MP backs call for legal aid to be restored for earl advice

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has backed the Law Society’s campaign calling for the Government to provide legal aid for early advice in family and housing law.Since 2012, legal aid...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has pledged to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s on World Parkinson’s Day (Wednesday 11 April). 

Rosie Cooper MP’s office has signed up to take part in the Parkinson’s in the Workplace training from Parkinson’s UK. The training aims to raise awareness of the challenges people with Parkinson’s face.

The push for greater awareness is part of the charity’s activity to encourage people to Unite for Parkinson’s on World Parkinson’s Day, as a survey found that 32 per cent of people with Parkinson’s have been stared at in public and 11 per cent have been laughed at. In addition, 32 per cent of people do not feel that their symptoms are socially acceptable.

Parkinson’s affects 145,000 people in the UK, which is one in 350 people in West Lancashire. With numbers of people affected expected to increase by a fifth by 2025, the charity is aiming to change attitudes about Parkinson’s to make life better for everyone living with the condition.

Through the training, Rosie’s office will learn more about the progressive neurological condition, the complex symptoms people face, as well as how to recognise and best support constituents with Parkinson’s. 

West Lancashire Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is shocking that people with Parkinson’s face so many barriers, including being mistaken for being drunk, when out in public. 

“My office staff and I want to take the training so that we are all better equipped to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition in West Lancashire and better understand the issues faced by those who come to me for advice and support.”

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Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK, said:
“We are thrilled that Rosie Cooper MP and her team have signed up to our Parkinson’s in the Workplace training.

“Lack of public understanding can make simple things like getting the bus, going to work, or even heading out to the pub with friends daunting for people with Parkinson's.

“That’s why one small action like signing up to learn more about the condition can have a big impact on people with Parkinson's. We look forward to seeing the difference MP Rosie’s support can make for her constituents in West Lancashire.”

Rosie Cooper MP is also backing a petition from Parkinson’s UK calling for more organisations to sign up for the training. Sign the petition here

About Parkinson’s UK
Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's.
It affects 145,000 people in the UK - which is around one in 350 of the population.
Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.
Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.

 

 

Rosie Cooper MP Unites for Parkinson's

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has pledged to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s on World Parkinson’s Day (Wednesday 11 April). Rosie Cooper MP’s office has signed up to...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has challenged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency over reports of persistent law breaking with illegal car parking on the highway and causing obstruction and nuisance in Old Skelmersdale.

MP Rosie took the issue up with then Chief Executive Oliver Morley late last year and spoke with him in early March. Mr Morley has since left DVLA, but Rosie is continuing to act on the case with interim Chief Executive Julie Lennard.

Local residents reported to Rosie before Christmas what they believed to be a business operating out of a private residence carrying out vehicle repairs but also a number of illegally parked cars some with no MOT, no tax, no insurance and some with Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN).

Having been repeatedly reported to DVLA with no action taken, residents turned to Rosie Cooper MP for support.

Following Rosie’s intervention, DVLA carried out clamping and enforcement action against three vehicles on 8 and 12 March, but sadly this has not resolved the situation as the vehicles in question remain unmoved.

Alongside DVLA’s lack of action, the Police and the Council appear to be helpless in taking action against this activity which is causing noise, nuisance to neighbours and occasionally blocking residents in.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am furious! Residents are coming to me to report some very valid concerns over potential illegal activity and nuisance yet between the DVLA, Police and Council no agency is willing or able to take all the necessary action to resolve the difficulties.

“Residents are reporting being blocked in at times, having restricted access to parking, and having to deal with unsightly vehicle abandonments.

“These agencies have the enforcement powers to take action, charge the vehicles’ owners and remove vehicles where appropriate, but simply aren’t exercising their powers.

“Local residents are paying their taxes as well as council tax which funds these agencies but are being ignored and fobbed off.

“This situation is getting ridiculous and I will be pursuing this matter with the Secretary of State to push for further action to be taken. Letting such activity continue unchallenged sets a bad precedent for others to follow suit across West Lancashire.”

Rosie Cooper MP takes Old Skem cars issue to the Transport Secretary

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has challenged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency over reports of persistent law breaking with illegal car parking on the highway and causing obstruction and...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with NHS providers and patients at a briefing held in Parliament to learn about radiotherapy and the benefits it can bring to cancer patients.

Radiotherapy is a cost-effective and cutting-edge treatment that forms a core part of the health care regime for many cancer patients. Last year, more than 130,000 people with cancer in England had radiotherapy as part of their treatment.

More than a third of NHS providers were represented at the event which was hosted in partnership with AdvaMed, the United States Advanced Medical Technology Association.

It included speeches from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Steve Brine MP and eminent radiotherapy clinicians: Professor Neil Burnet, Professor in Radiation Oncology, Cambridge University Hospitals; Professor Ricky Sharma, Chair of Radiation Oncology, UCL; Professor Andrew Nisbet, Head of Medical Physics, Royal Surrey County Hospital and Dr Alison Tree, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS bodies across the UK have invested money to modernise radiotherapy equipment:

  • 23 NHS trusts in England have received new or upgraded radiotherapy machines; a further 50 new machines will be installed as part of NHS England’s £130 million investment.
  • The UK Government has invested £250 million to build two proton beam therapy centres in England. A third proton beam therapy centre is due to open in Wales.
  • The Scottish Government regularly invests in the latest radiotherapy equipment and recently committed a further £50m for new radiotherapy machines, software and additional staff training over the next five years.

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Pictured:Adrian Flynn, Professional Head of Radiotherapy, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust; Kieran Woods, Head of Radiotherapy, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust; Rosie Cooper MP and Helen Clements, Radiotherapy Service Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Although radiotherapy technology has rapidly advanced and investment has been made in replacing outdated machines throughout the UK, there is still variation in patient access across the country. Awareness of radiotherapy as a highly effective cancer treatment is also low compared to another common option, chemotherapy. Patients should be provided with comprehensive information on the benefits of radiotherapy and its potential role in their treatment program, as well as given access to the latest technology.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Radiotherapy is an integral part of cancer care for many cancer patients. Recent investment in new machines for the NHS is welcome, however further investment is essential to address the demand for this life-changing treatment.”  

Josh Levine, Chair of AdvaMed’s Radiation Therapy Sector and President and CEO, Accuray, said:
“I’m delighted that Rosie Cooper MP was able to join us in Westminster for this event. AdvaMed is committed to working in the UK and on a broader, global scale to expand patient access to radiotherapy. We look forward to future engagement with parliamentarians and NHS providers to ensure that for patients in the UK, this goal becomes a reality.”

Rosie Cooper MP shines a light on Radiotherapy, the unsung hero of cancer treatment

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with NHS providers and patients at a briefing held in Parliament to learn about radiotherapy and the benefits it can bring to cancer patients.Radiotherapy...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has finally a received correspondence from Lancashire County Council’s Highways Chief over concerns she raised about road safety on County Road.

MP Rosie raised the issues in 2017 and urged LCC to reconsider their previous response to Rosie which was indicated that they weren’t going to take action on speed issues or alternative road safety or traffic improvements.

Rosie said at the time, ‘I am urging Lancashire County Council to take a proactive approach and not wait for more casualties to occur, or even fatalities’.

The Highways Authority, following the death of a driver at the junction of County Road and Green Lane/Hayfield Road, and after further pressure from Rosie, have responded that they will now be reconsidering this junction.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I urged the County Highways months ago to take a proactive approach and not wait for someone to die, but no action was considered and tragically a driver died in December.

“This and other junctions cannot just be left as they are while crashes, injuries and deaths are allowed to continue. We must act before not after deaths or serious injuries.

“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.

“I said it previously that 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, but this was ignored.

“Lancashire County Council must take action urgently to make these junctions safer.”

Rosie Cooper MP finally receives a response over County Road traffic concerns

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has finally a received correspondence from Lancashire County Council’s Highways Chief over concerns she raised about road safety on County Road.MP Rosie raised the issues...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has joined with fellow North West MPs to call on the Transport Minister Chris Grayling and Northern Rail to end their dispute over driver-only trains.

Alongside local MPs Lisa Nandy, Jo Platt and Angela Rayner, MP Rosie has called for both Chris Grayling and Northern Rail to re-engage in talks with the RMT Union who represent rail staff to resolve the dispute.

Rosie believes the retention of guards on trains is an important issue that needs resolution.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is unacceptable that the travelling public continue to be disrupted by the refusal of the government and Northern Rail to reconsider their view on this important issue.

“We remain convinced of the need for guards to remain on Northern Rail services to uphold passenger safety and service quality.

“I am calling on Chris Grayling and Northern Rail to re-engage in talks with the RMT as the deadlock in this dispute is damaging to all parties, particularly my West Lancashire constituents and commuters across the North West.”

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Rosie Cooper MP joins calls for end to driver-only trains dispute

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has joined with fellow North West MPs to call on the Transport Minister Chris Grayling and Northern Rail to end their dispute over driver-only trains.Alongside...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to dismiss the appeal by developers to build on the Parrs Lane site in Aughton.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This is a fantastic win for those residents who have campaigned for so many years initially against the site’s inclusion in the Local Plan and continued the fight through the planning application and appeal stages.

“We don’t often see such wins for local democracy but I am pleased that the Planning Inspectorate has taken on board the valid views of Aughton residents and West Lancashire Borough Council in turning down this appeal to develop land at the Parrs Lane site.

“It is important to build houses to provide for young and first time buyers but such development should always be in appropriate settings and developers can’t be left to cherry pick where they wish to build based on profits, housing should be built based on where there is a need and not based on where the greatest profits are.”

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Rosie Cooper MP delighted with residents' win on Parrs Lane

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to dismiss the appeal by developers to build on the Parrs Lane site in Aughton.Rosie Cooper MP...

The Environment Agency has confirmed to West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper that their priorities for Lancashire include two schemes in West Lancashire.

Following their meeting last month in Parliament Area Director for Cumbria and Lancashire Keith Ashcroft has confirmed to Rosie Cooper MP they are seeking to carry out flood defence work in West Lancashire at Hurlston Brook and Calico Brook in Appley Bridge. These schemes which the EA have responsibility for or are supporting partner agencies in delivering, will be prioritised and likely to be fully funded by grant in aid.

Budgeted costs include £320,000 investment for Hurlston Brook and £110,000 for Calico, which will protect an estimated 350 and 48 homes respectively.

Rosie Cooper MP is delighted with the news. She said:
“I’ve been fighting for increased flood protection, funding and support for residents for many years in West Lancashire and this is just one more small part in tackling what seems to be an ever growing issue for residents.

“I very much welcome this commitment from the Environment Agency to work in two key areas that have experienced repeated incidents of flooding, and where EA have direct or partial responsibility for.

“Rising waters at Calico Brook in Appley Bridge has affected residents in both West Lancashire and across the boundary in Wigan, while Hurlston Brook in Ormskirk affects homes throughout the town and at either end right from Altys Lane through to Scarisbrick.

“I look forward to this work being undertaken as soon as possible and complementing some of the other work the respective agencies are getting on with to resolve these devastating issues for residents and seeing where we can go next for further work.”

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Rosie Cooper MP previously met with Keith Ashcroft, Environment Agency and then Floods Minister Rory Stewart

Rosie Cooper MP confirms West Lancashire flood defence projects with Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has confirmed to West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper that their priorities for Lancashire include two schemes in West Lancashire.Following their meeting last month in Parliament Area Director...

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