After another spell of heavy rain, staff at Town Green Primary were again having to fight the effects of flooded classrooms and had to remove a dead rat from the school car park. The school has been fighting consistent flooding of the school for years and the school has had to be closed on multiple occasions.
The issue is believed to be a culvert that runs under the school grounds, at times of increased rainfall, rainwater will breach the pipes and flow into the lower lying school. Despite the School’s Head Teacher and West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper’s pleas to Lancashire County Council to find a permanent solution, with Rosie even raising this with Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions in February, so far very little has been done.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“I am honestly astounded by the Council’s laissez faire attitude to a primary school repeatedly flooding! Not only is this causing great disruption to the education of pupils, but now putting health and safety at risk with flood water washing up dead rats onto the school grounds!
“When I raised this issue with the council last year, they reluctantly proposed a range of works that would improve the flow of water. Outrageously, the only action they took initially was to instruct private homeowners downstream to clear their section of the culvert!
“As evidenced by the most recent flooding, this has not worked! The Council promised to undertake pipe improvement work over the summer, but we are now told that the contractor ‘did not get to it’!
“The lack of urgency with which the council are handling this is potentially dangerous and insulting to the pupils, parents and staff at the school, who simply want to continue their education without the threat of flooded classrooms any time it rains!”