West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with a local farmer over concerns the failure to maintain watercourses could lead to flooding during substantial rainfall.


Rosie visited for herself watercourses in Scarisbrick where areas of the drainage channels appear completely overgrown.


A lack of maintenance appears to be contributing to high water levels as the water can’t flow freely.


With winter approaching there is concern that a sustained period of rainfall could lead to food producing farmland being flooded once again.


MP Rosie said:

“Whilst £5m pounds has been invested in new pumping facilities at Crossens, it’s of no use if the water can’t get to it in the first place.


“I saw for myself how sections of these watercourses are completely covered with weeds in the water, not just on the banks. At times you can’t see any water at all.


“In one area grass on the banks had been cut but nothing had been removed from the watercourse to help the water flow down to the pumping station.


“Given the high water levels it is deeply concerning to think what the consequences of heavy rainfall could be.


“For me the need for more effective drainage management and watercourse maintenance highlights the desperate need to get an Internal Drainage Board in place.


“We need a plan, we need some action and we can’t afford to wait until West Lancashire floods again. I urge WLBC and Councillors to consider the reduced plan which is now before it, quickly.”

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