West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council appear to be at odds over who is responsible for a Skelmersdale footpath, Rosie Cooper MP has found. After constituents raised concerns about the state of the path that goes from School Lane to the Greenhill Community Centre, Rosie contacted both Councils to ask for the matter to be investigated.
Whilst the County Council confirmed that this land is ‘unadopted’ and therefore owned and maintained by the Borough Council, WLBC responded to Rosie simply saying that the “Borough Council is not responsible for the maintenance of paths” and pointed the finger back at LCC.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It appears that someone at West Lancashire Borough Council has failed to actually look into the detail of this complaint! I agree most footpaths are the responsibility of LCC, but not all. The Borough Council are responsible for a number of paths in West Lancashire, yet this response fails to acknowledge this fact.
“Sadly, it is this lack of attention to detail that leaves Skelmersdale residents justifiably angry at the council for failing to maintain their public spaces!
“I have asked that both councils review their responses, as one of them must be responsible! Hopefully this will encourage them to take their maintenance responsibilities more seriously rather than trying to push them onto the other”