West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received confirmation from the Environment Agency that the final hurdle to Maybrook’s planned draining of East Quarry, Appley Bridge is the granting of an ‘abstraction licence’.
Although Maybrook Director Mr O’Dowd had previously told the press the problem lay with Wigan Council, Wigan have been clear that council officers have advised Mr O’Dowd to discharge the water into the nearby manhole and not the existing pipe, so that the risk of flooding to the properties on Millbank is reduced. Rosie will be seeking much more detail about this.
In order to undertake this action, Mr O’Dowd is aware that he has to apply for an abstraction licence, which is administered through the Environment Agency.
MP Rosie wrote to the EA and the Operations Delivery Manager has confirmed that they are still awaiting information from Maybrook before the abstraction license application can be determined.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“Another summer of heavy use of the quarry for recreation has occurred with residents understandably concerned about people trespassing into the quarry and using it as a swimming area where there has been injury and death in the past.
“I have been corresponding with Lancashire Constabulary, West Lancashire Borough Council and the quarry owners Maybrook Developments seeking assurances that all has been done to discourage use of the quarry for swimming and secure the site from trespassing.
“While I understand that locally there are differing views about how the future of the Quarry should be handled, I have been pursuing the Environment Agency, Wigan Council and Maybrook to obtain more information about the disputed draining of the quarry.
“I understand that the agencies now appear to be united in advising Maybrook that once they provide the required information to the EA, they can determine the existing application for an abstraction licence.”