West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper and West Lancashire Pensioners Forum have joined forces in campaigning for new cemetery and crematorium provision in West Lancashire.
In recent months Pensioners Forum members have taken to the streets of West Lancashire collecting signatures for their petition. They’ve now reached approximately 2000 people supporting calls for additional burial spaces.
Members of the Pensioners Forum, Veronica Prescott and Jim Bevan met with MP Rosie to discuss their campaign and to present Rosie with a copy of the petition.
MP Rosie said:
“For several years I’ve been campaigning for new cemetery and crematorium provision in West Lancashire.
“Too many families are having to lay their loved ones to rest in neighbouring boroughs due to our lack of burial space, for which they are charged a higher amount.
“As well as costing families a significant amount extra to bury loved ones, there is then the extra distance travelling to visit the resting place whether it is Southport, Liverpool or St Helens, which adds even more costs.
“There is no statutory duty requiring West Lancashire Borough Council to provide burial areas so the solution will mean we have to find a private provider.
“I welcome the hard work and effort of West Lancashire Pensioners Forum to raise awareness of this awful situation.
“I look forward to working with them to deliver a solution for the benefit of bereaved West Lancashire families.”
Veronica Prescott said:
“WLPF members are very concerned by this issue, which is why we started a petition.
“We know the lack of burial space is an issue Rosie Cooper has been campaigning on.
“Speaking to Rosie she really does understand the impact not having local burial spaces available has on West Lancashire residents.
“WLPF and Rosie Cooper want to bring an end to this problem as soon as possible.”