Rosie Cooper MP has welcomed the improvements made by Lancashire County Council to the culverts at Town Green Primary, which they hope will prevent further flooding of the school.
Over the past few years, heavy rain has repeatedly led to water breaching the culvert that runs under the school grounds and resulted in the flooding of classrooms, causing the school to close for the day. Becoming increasingly frustrated with the students missing valuable education, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper and School Head Teacher Nick Huxley have been fighting for the County Council to investigate and make improvements.
The Council were initially very slow to act, leading to MP Rosie asking Boris Johnson to intervene at Prime Minister’s Questions in February of this year. After further floods in September left teachers again bailing water out of a classroom as well as washing a dead rat into the school’s car park, LCC contracted Buxton Water to make improvements.
Buxton Water discovered a large deposit of silt in the section of the culvert near to the school, as well as a neighbouring property that had a large concrete ball partially blocking the watercourse.
The contractor and the County Council have now confirmed that they have cleared the silt and the property owner has removed the concrete ball.
Rosie Cooper MP said
“At long last, the Council have made actual progress in resolving this problem! This has gone on for far too long for what seems to have been a fairly simple solution.
“Lancashire County Council should have investigated the issue properly straight away, rather than wait until they were forced into action by more flooding.
“I am glad that this work has now been done, and I really hope that this will prevent any further flooding incidents at the school. The pupils and staff need the stability of knowing they will not be forced out of the classroom any time it rains heavily!
“I have also asked that the Council inspect the culvert regularly to ensure silt does not build up again.”