West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has expressed her delight with Lancashire County Council’s commitment to help ease flooding issues within West Lancashire.
The County, following meetings between Rosie and the Leader, Deputy Leader and Chief Executive, has agreed to contribute £15,000 each year towards funding an Internal Drainage Board at Alt Crossens.
With flooding hitting homes in West Lancashire in recent years and government cuts to budgets, the Internal Drainage Board is crucial to protect homes in the area.
The funding agreement has been reached with contributions from the County, local landowners and Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, but the deal is all reliant on West Lancashire Borough Council agreeing to the joined up approach.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I’m delighted that the partners have come up with this solution to the flooding and drainage issues in the region, and that Lancashire County Council have shown their commitment with this funding.
“We now just need West Lancashire Borough Council to come on board and commit to protecting people and homes in West Lancashire.
“In December 2013 a Borough Council report stated it would cost the council £350,000 a year to fund an internal drainage board.
“The truth is there is an option that will cost £34,000 to £49,000 a year to protect people’s homes and food producing land.
“This is land that generates £230 million of income and provides 2,500 jobs. This is a vital sector of our local economy.
“Compare this £34,000 to the one-day-a-year event Motorfest, which is costing £37,500 over three years.
“This event at any other council would get a company to sponsor, instead they spend council taxpayers’ money.
“I am calling on West Lancashire Borough Council leaders on behalf of the people of West Lancashire to please commit to protecting homes and flooding, at a minimal of cost.”