West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received confirmation from Lancashire County Council that they have identified and are taking enforcement over a blocked ditch causing flooding for Aughton residents.
Following repeated flooding incidents, local residents resorted to commissioning a private drainage report which upon consulting with United Utilities, indicated that LCC were responsible for resolving.
MP Rosie wrote to the Executive Director for Environment raising concerns that the council weren’t responding to residents’ concerns nor taking any action to stop the flooding.
The Director has now responded to Rosie confirming that they will be writing to the landowner responsible for the blocked ditch requesting they clear it.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Some Aughton residents in the Moss Delph Lane area have been experiencing repeated flooding with Lancashire County Council failing to respond to the concerns raised by residents.
“The residents even commissioned their own private drainage report and shared background information about the drainage issues in the area with Flood Risk Management officers at the council.
“I am grateful the council are now writing to the responsible landowner requesting they clear the blocked ditch which they believe is causing the problems, and have committed to continuing to monitor the situation to check that the work has been carried out and if not, will issue a second formal letter.
“I will be pressing the Council to take appropriate enforcement action if the landowner fails to clear the ditch quickly, even undertaking the work themselves and charging the cost back to the landowner.”