West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has again raised residents’ concerns with the authorities about the continued trespass into and use of the Appley Bridge quarry for swimming.
With the recent good weather, residents have reported hundreds arriving at the quarry intent on taking a dip in the dangerous water, where sadly lives have been lost.
MP Rosie raised the concerns of residents with local police, West Lancashire Borough Council and the Environment Agency calling for action to resolve the situation.
The EA confirmed that there is an outstanding application to dewater the quarry, but that an ecological survey was yet to be submitted by the applicant, while the council and police are working together to discourage use of the site.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“For many years residents have been understandably concerned about people travelling to Appley Bridge for the purpose of trespassing into the quarry and using it as a swimming area.
“It is deeply worrying that many refuse to heed the advice from authorities to stay away from the quarry and not enter the dangerous water, where young people have drowned in the past.
“I have again raised my concerns and that of residents with the authorities stressing that all that can be done needs to be done to stop the public illegally entering.
“I am pleased to hear from the police that they have increased patrol in the area and issued fines as a deterrence. The council have confirmed to me that they are responsible for ensuring the landowner makes provision to ensure the fencing around the quarry is secure and timely repairs are being made, and they have contacted the landowner to remind him of his responsibilities.”