West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper visited Crossens Pumping Station recently to meet with representatives from the Environment Agency.
Flood and Coastal Risk Manager Andy Brown and John Hunt, Team Leader on refurbishment, both from the Environment Agency were on hand to give Rosie a tour of the facility.
Rosie was informed of the £5m investment the Environment Agency are ploughing into major improvement works for the site to ensure it is best serving the residents of West Lancashire and beyond.
During the visit an overview of the refurbishment work was discussed along with watercourse management, progress on an internal drainage board for West Lancashire and the challenges on drainage management and flooding.
MP Rosie said:
“Crossens pumping station is a vital part of our water management helping farming and to protect homes from flooding.
“Following my recent meeting with local farmers on the same issues, I appreciate the Environment Agency organising this visit.
“We know West Lancashire faces real challenges on water management and drainage as flooding poses a real threat to farmers and homeowners.
“It’s great how the Environment Agency has brought Lancashire County Council, Sefton Council, West Lancashire Council and the National Farmers Union together to discuss long term flood risk management and funding for the Alt Crossens area. I must commend Andy Brown and his team for their work on this.”
Despite changes to how the Environment Agency prioritises its spending on flood risk work, it is committed to working with others to find new long-term arrangements to keep the other pumping stations operational. With this investment Crossens Pumping Station will continue to reduce flood risk to 660 homes, and will also benefit 3000 hectares of farm land.
Andy Brown said:
“It was a pleasure to have Rosie Cooper visit the site and for us to show her around. With such major refurbishment taking place, it is important we are keeping good communication channels with local interested parties.
“We have always had a good working relationship with Rosie, responding to flooding issues and concerns across West Lancashire, and we are optimistic with her support, future arrangements can be put in place to continue to manage flood risk and land drainage in the low lying, rural areas of the Alt Crossens catchment.”
The tour was arranged as part of MP Rosie’s continued work on tackling flooding issues across West Lancashire. This has included holding a flooding forum for the residents of Ormskirk, raising concerns over blocked watercourses in urban locations and visiting local farmers to hear their concerns.