Exactly 1 year ago, on 3 February 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper that he would ‘sort out’ the frequent flooding of Skelmersdale’s subways. The PM added that they have the funds available, and they will make sure it is done.
This promise was in response to Rosie raising the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions, in which she asked him to work with Lancashire County Council to resolve the persistent flooding problems that leave the town’s subways unusable.
Over the course of the year, Rosie has written to the Prime Minister repeatedly, asking him when he will follow through on his promise to assist Lancashire County Council and provide the funds for a resolution. As of the anniversary of this question, no clear action has been taken by the Prime Minister or his officials to directly assist with this situation.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Sadly, I am not surprised that Boris Johnson has failed to uphold this promise. This is what we have come to expect from a Prime Minister that cannot even follow his own lockdown rules!
“Residents of Skelmersdale deserve much more than these empty promises. Lancashire County Council have made small steps to reduce the flooding but say they do not have the money to fix the problems with the infrastructure that lead to the flooding.
“The Prime Minister told me that they have the money to ‘sort it out’, yet Downing Street have repeatedly ignored my letters asking where this money is and how LCC can get it!
“I will continue to press the Prime Minister and the Government for action and hold them to account for failing to follow through on these promises.”
You can read the transcript of the Prime Ministers Question here.