MP backs re­prieve for flood pumps

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

ROSIE COOPER MP has wel­comed the de­ci­sion by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA) to con­tinue to op­er­ate the West Lan­cashire Flood Pumps for an in­terim pe­riod.

The news comes after a lengthy cam­paign by the West Lan­cashire MP to en­sure that the Alt Crossens flood pumps, which had pre­vi­ously been un­der no­tice for clo­sure this sum­mer were not sim­ply closed and West Lan­cashire homes, farms and busi­nesses left to flood.

Ms Cooper said: “I welcome this news as it gives us some cer­tainty, if only in the short term, that these pumps will not just be switched off and res­i­dents in West Lan­cashire just left to flood in se­vere weather con­di­tions.

“How­ever, we must be mind­ful that this is just a short-term mea­sure while the Gov­ern­ment sorts out its leg­is­la­tion on who is re­spon­si­ble for what and how the flood pumps will op­er­ate in the fu­ture.

“I have pre­vi­ously cam­paigned hard for the set­ting up of an In­ter­nal Drainage Board (IDB) as EA are keen to off­load the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fu­ture man­age­ment of the flood and drainage pumps in the Alt Crossens area.

“At this point, though, gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion is block­ing progress. Once the Gov­ern­ment sorts it­self out, the re­spon­si­bil­ity will lie with lo­cal agen­cies, in­clud­ing the EA, Lan­cashire County Coun­cil and West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil to pull to­gether and find a so­lu­tion, as do­ing noth­ing is not an op­tion.

“We must pro­tect peo­ple’s homes and busi­nesses. This is land that also gen­er­ates £230m of in­come and pro­vides 2,500 jobs.

“This is a vi­tal sec­tor of our lo­cal econ­omy.

“I will con­tinue to work to en­sure there is progress made in Par­lia­ment to al­low for West Lan­cashire to pro­tect it­self from fur­ther flood­ing.”

West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper with En­vi­ron­ment Agency staff at the Crossens pump site

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