On Friday 9 December West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper officially opened Burscough Bridge Methodist Primary School’s outdoor learning and play area.
MP Rosie was joined on the day by headteacher Mrs Jenny Kennedy, staff, pupils, their parents, grandparents, and school governors.
MP Rosie’s visit began with a tour of the new facilities. Funded by a successful National Lottery bid, the outdoor learning and play area is specifically for the pupils in the infant’s class. The space has been designed to provide a cross-curricular outdoor learning space. Pupils learn as well as enjoying the recreational play area. Children from the pre-school, Jigsaw, also will have access to this new play area.
Alongside the new learning facilities, Mrs Kennedy and her team have been focussed on creating a positive learning environment both in school and outside in the playground.
In recognition of their work, Burscough Bridge Methodist School has been awarded the Gold Standard Lancashire Behaviour Quality Mark. This is a behaviour scheme that provides external accreditation of a schools performance in all aspects of behaviour in the school.
Speaking following the visit, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Burscough Bridge Methodist School is an incredible hive of activity when it comes to establishing high standards of learning and behaviour for their pupils.
“It was certainly a great pleasure to officially open their new outdoor learning and play area.
“Having the opportunity to learn outside gives the children the chance to explore, experiment and discover beyond the classroom, as well as being active and healthy.
“Creating the best possible learning environment is absolutely essential for a school if they are to encourage, nurture and develop a child’s desire to learn.
“Congratulations to everyone at the school on their success in achieving the gold standard for behaviour
“At Burscough Bridge Methodist school the investment in the learning facilities along with the emphasis on good behaviour is providing a positive learning environment.
Mrs Jenny Kennedy said:
“We would like to thank Rosie Cooper MP for visiting our school and for officially opening the outdoor learning and play area.
“The children were very proud that their Member of Parliament visited their school. They were delighted to show Rosie what they are learning and where they are learning it.
“We are also thrilled and excited to have achieved the Gold Behaviour Quality Mark.
“Through the willingness of the pupils, the hard work of the staff, and the support of parents and governors there are important changes taking place at Burscough Bridge Methodist School.
“Changes that are building on the high standards of learning and personal development the school providers for its pupils.”
On Thursday 8 December 2016, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper had the privilege to officially opened Delph Side Primary School’s new library and intervention centre, in the heart of Skelmersdale.
MP Rosie was joined by Liz Ormerod (headteacher), school council members, school governors and a child’s story favourite, the Gruffalo, at the event.
The new library provides a state of the art finger print ID book loan system, a massive selection of books and a brand new interactive projector to create a valuable learning space. Located underneath the library are two new intervention rooms, where pupils can get one-to-one tuition and a private space in which to work and learn.
Funding for the new learning rooms came through a combination of fundraising events organised by the school’s Parent, Teacher and Friends Association, which included summer and Christmas fairs. A successful ‘Awards for All’ funding bid supported the project costs, as well as disability funding for the provision of a lift to make the mezzanine level library fully accessible.
Following the official opening, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It was fantastic to officially open Delph Side School’s new library and intervention rooms.
“A huge congratulations and well done to all the people involved in making this project happen. It has taken an army of pupils, parents, families, friends, staff and governors supporting this project with their time and money.
“Access to such high quality learning rooms and a library can only benefit each child’s education.
“Being entertained whilst watching the school act out the Gruffalo story, which was brilliantly done, was a great end to a great visit.
Headteacher, Liz Ormerod said:
“Thank you to our MP Rosie Cooper for coming along to officially open the new facilities.
“This has been an exciting project for Delph Side, involving a lot of hard work from many individuals, I can’t thank the team enough.
“We wanted to do this because our new library ensures reading is at the heart of our school.
“We believe it will make a difference to our children and enhance their learning experiences - the children are incredibly excited.”
Ormskirk’s ‘Outstanding’ Moorgate Nursery School continues to offer high quality education for Ormskirk’s children and their families.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with headteacher, Nicola McDonagh, to put to rest any confusion over the future of the Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare. This follows Lancashire County Council’s decision to close the adjoining Children’s Centre and move their services to the library.
MP Rosie and Mrs McDonagh discussed how this does not affect the availability of nursery education provided by Moorgate Nursery school and childcare places provided by Munchkins Childcare.
Moorgate Nursery has been providing education in Ormskirk since 1946 and will continue with this provision in to the future.
Following her most recent visit to the nursery, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Moorgate Nursery School provides ‘Outstanding’ learning and development for local children.
“Following my visit I wanted to address this confusion about its future.
“Finding excellent nursery provision that is right for their child is one of the most difficult decisions parents face.
“This year Moorgate Nursery School has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors. I congratulate them on achieving their outstanding rating for the fourth consecutive inspection.
“It is important to use and protect the only local authority maintained nursery school that we have here in Ormskirk, to ensure local children and their families continue to benefit from attending Moorgate Nursery School.
“Having visited Moorgate Nursery School on several occasions as the MP, I have witnessed for myself how much the children enjoy their time there.
“I know the headteacher has ambitious plans for the future of the nursery school to keep it growing and developing for the benefit of its children, families and the community.
“I would encourage parents who were unsure after hearing rumours about the future of Moorgate Nursery School to get in touch with the headteacher Nicola McDonagh to discuss the provision and availability of places.”
Nicola McDonagh, headteacher of Moorgate Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Rosie Cooper to visit us again here at Moorgate.
“I want to reassure parents that Moorgate Nursery School is continuing to provide a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment for our children.
“Our ambition is for the children attending the nursery and childcare to attain the best start in life.
“I am happy to speak to any parents currently considering Nursery education for their children about the ‘Outstanding’ service we can offer here at Moorgate Nursery School.”
Moorgate Nursery School is open 38 weeks of the year, providing Nursery School education places for children from the age of 3 to 4."
It provides morning (9am to 12pm) and afternoon (1pm – 4pm) nursery sessions up to five days a week.
Parents are able to use their free 15 hours a week of government funded education, to access places. The school offers flexibility in the uptake of places, to support parent and family needs.
Through their Munchkins childcare, which is open for 50 weeks per year, from 7.30am to 6pm, Moorgate Nursery school is able to provide childcare places and wrap around care for children from the age of 2 to 8 years.
The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012 and 2014) providing the following Prime Areas:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication and Language
• Physical development
Specific areas are:
• Understanding of the World.
• Expressive Arts and Design.
For more information visit www.moorgatenurseryschool.co.uk or twitter @Head4Moorgate and Facebook.
Headteacher, Nicola McDonagh can be contacted on 01695 573470.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has dropped by to support Tesco Burscough’s Neighbourhood Food Collection to help support those most in need this Christmas.
The annual winter food drive takes place between 1st and 3rd December. Working in partnership with the FareShare and Trussell Trust charities, Tesco customers can kindly donate long-life food to help people in need.
Tesco tops up customers donations by 20%. Since collections began in 2012, this is the ninth collection with Tesco donating over 38 million meals.
MP Rosie said:
“The kind and generous donations made by West Lancashire shoppers, Tesco staff and Tesco themselves are a lifeline for so many others. Every can and meal donated will make a real difference, especially at this time of year.
“Thank you to everyone who donated and to Tesco for their support in collecting the food and topping up all these donations.”
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“The generosity of our customers every time we run the Neighbourhood Food Collection is outstanding. This is now our ninth collection and we want to once again support as many people in need across the UK this Christmas.”
Tesco also has over 600 permanent collection points across the country where customers can donate food each week.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, following a visit to Crow Orchard Primary School in Skelmersdale meeting pupils and staff, said:
“It was a real pleasure to meet the pupils and staff of Crow Orchard primary school.
“Clearly the year 3 class I met were extremely enthusiastic about the current biography project. Their questions to me showed they understand what makes an interesting biography.
“The topical discussion with the pupil parliament members was well-informed and interesting. It was evident that we have a shared desire for how each of us can help to improve our community and do so by working together.
“Thank you to everyone at the school for such an enjoyable visit.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has visited local residents in Ashurst, Skelmersdale, to see first-hand the damage and destruction caused by the floods in June. Floods that left one resident living in a caravan, and an 81-year-old resident having to dispose of his belongings.
A combination of excess water from a culvert running down from Ashurst Beacon and blocked grids forced the water on to a former children’s playground, which then overflowed down on to the residential estate.
Residents described to Rosie how the play area was filled with six feet of foul water containing raw sewage.
In trying to stop the flooding residents built a makeshift dam out of scrap wood - the only line of defence between the residents of Long Hey and the pool of filthy water building up behind their properties.
Neighbours had to help an 81-year-old council tenant whose home was flooded load his damaged belongings into a skip.
Following the visit MP Rosie said:
“It was absolutely dreadful to see first-hand how residents’ homes had been utterly devastated by the flood waters.
“Forced out of their homes. Possessions, some of sentimental value and irreplaceable, being thrown in a skip.
“It is simply appalling what these residents have had to endure through no fault of their own. Still when they turn to the responsible authorities there is little help tackling the problem or support in the clean-up.
“Every time there is a flooding incident it only highlights the lack of meaningful leadership in responding and supporting local residents in their time of need.
“I have raised my concerns following the visit with each of the relevant authorities. We have to find a way to really help residents.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with children and parents of Crawford village to discuss their plans and fundraising efforts for a new play park.
Rosie met with members of the Crawford Playpark Committee and local children. MP Rosie was given a short presentation by the children outlining the committee’s plans in the village.
Residents already have the land required for the play park. Now they are in the process of trying to raise the funds necessary to purchase the equipment, complete the groundworks and for the future maintenance of the site.
Given the village’s location on the borders of West Lancashire there is no easily accessible play facilities for the community. Residents have come together with a plan to provide a safe place for children and families to play and for people to exercise.
Speaking after the visit, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Having met with local residents and children in the village it is clear how important this scheme is to them and their willingness to work hard to make it a reality for the benefit of the whole community.
“It is great to see the way in which the local community in Crawford has come together, across the generations.
“The committee members along with significant local support have made great a start in their fundraising efforts that will pay for all the work and equipment needed.
“This is a real community effort and I will continue to work with local residents as they seek to secure the sixty thousand pounds they need to realise their great community plans.”
West Lancashire Women’s Refuge is one of many refuges facing an uncertain future as a result of government spending cuts, warns West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.
Rosie’s comments came during a Commons debate on the potential reduction in housing benefit payments for those in supported living. For victims fleeing domestic violence they often rely on these housing benefit payments to cover the cost of renting a room in a women’s refuge giving them safety and sanctuary.
Making cuts to these housing benefits will heap further financial pressure on refuges that are already collapsing under the strain of government spending cuts to local authorities forcing them to remove funding, essential to keep the refuge doors open.
Funding from Lancashire County Council, the £10 million Supporting People fund, is used to staff the nine refuges in the county. In having to make £262 million of budget cuts, Lancashire County Council have proposed ending this funding for refuges. Alongside the housing benefits cuts this would leave West Lancashire’s Women’s Refuge facing the threat of closure.
Speaking after the debate, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The government talks about its commitment to protecting the victims of domestic violence. Talk is all it does it seems.
“In cutting funding to local authorities and cutting welfare support to victims of domestic violence the government’s actions on domestic violence tell a different story.
“These refuges, including West Lancashire Women’s Refuge, offer a safe place and an escape to many women and their children in West Lancashire.
“On the housing benefits for supported living the minister offered a review. By the time this review is complete the refuges will have closed their doors for the final time. Government needs to commit to protecting this support for some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
“The consequences of losing the refuges and the lack of an alternative really does not bear thinking about. It puts women back in harm’s way, with the threat of abuse and violence. This is a backwards step in tackling domestic violence in Britain in 2016.”
In response to this dire situation West Lancashire Women’s Refuge has started a petition in fighting for their future. The petition makes an appeal to Lancashire County Council to “review their decision to withdraw funding for all nine refuges in Lancashire.”
It continues, “we want Lancashire County Council to reconsider their position and look again at keeping funding available for these vital services.”
On the petition campaign, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I’ve put my name to the petition. I would strongly urge everyone in West Lancashire who believes in protecting victims of domestic violence from harm to put their name to this petition too.”
On Saturday 6 August West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined 38 Degrees campaigners for a Day of Action campaigning against West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group’s plans to privatise urgent care services, including the urgent care centre at Ormskirk Hospital, Skelmersdale Walk-In Centre and potentially community services.
MP Rosie is also opposed to the decision to exclude Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust from bidding for both services, which they currently deliver, and the destabilising effect this will have on the future of the hospital.
Speaking after the campaign action day, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Thank you to the 38 Degrees campaigners for organising this street stall. We had a brilliant response from local residents who wanted to express their opposition to these proposals.
“Speaking to people as they signed the petitions, they are very concerned about the future of health services in their community for them and their families.
“West Lancashire CCG and the GPs who supported this decision to privatise local health services whilst destabilising the future of the local hospital need to listen to the voices of local residents opposed to their plans.
“They need to be accountable for the decisions they are taking in the name of, and with the money of, West Lancashire residents.
“My message to local residents is please make your voice heard if you are opposed to the privatisation of your health services and the damage to the hospital’s future then add your name to the petition.”
You sign the petition online at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-privatising-our-hospital-and-nhs-services
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with the manager of Ormskirk Marks & Spencer, David Wilkinson, and Santander branch manager Gareth McBride, to discuss the work of the Healthy High Streets programme and their ambitions for Ormskirk town centre.
The founders of Healthy High Streets – Marks & Spencer, Santander, Boots and the Co-Operative Group – are working with towns across the country to help improve town centres and attract more people to shop on their local high street.
The programme develops a number of activities and initiatives, including high-profile events to drive footfall, creating pop-up shops and markets to support start-ups, improving customer service, providing expert help and resources to market and celebrate the concept of the high street.
Following the meeting, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Ormskirk has a long-standing reputation as a historic market town, and it was great to meet with David and Gareth and hear about the ideas being explored by Healthy High Streets to help reinvigorate the town centre and make it a place that people and businesses want to come to and be a part of.
“With the busy summer season in full swing and West Lancashire Borough Council working on its Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy this is an exciting time for the town. I look forward to continuing to work with all partners in the public and private sectors to help establish Ormskirk as a real economic force in the area.”
The Healthy High Streets programme was launched in 2014 and provides support for high streets in 67 towns across the UK. Footfall in participating towns has grown by 0.4% against a national context of a 0.4% drop in footfall. They have also secured a 5% drop in the number of empty units since the start of the programme.