Council lobbied by MP to tackle problem of subway flooding in town

Council lobbied by MP to tackle problem of subway flooding in town

by Henry James (December 2020)

LANCASHIRE County Council is being lobbied by MP Rosie Cooper to tackle subway flooding in Skelmersdale in the long-term... and not just clearing drains after each time it floods!

Ms Cooper contacted the Executive Director for Environment and Transport at LCC following further and repeated incidents of subways flooding, supporting residents’ calls for a new drainage system to prevent future flooding.

The county council has responded to the MP confirming  they are aware o f a number of  problematic subways, and that they are in the process of compiling a programme of work to clean the drainage systems.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented: “The accessibility of these   subways is vital to Skelmersdale residents. In a town with limited public transport and a below average car ownership, these paths need to remain clear to allow people to walk to work, travel to school or reach shops. 

“It is unacceptable that these subways have been allowed to  flood,  over and over again, and it is time Lancashire County Council developed a  long-term  plan to ensure future incidents of flooding are prevented, or at the very least reduced.  

“I have written to  LCC’s Executive Director for Environment and Transport who has responsibility for this and  asked what their plans are for long term cleaning and increasing drain capacity. 

“Lancashire County Council need to include subway gullies in their routine cleaning schedule and where flooding continues to occur, the frequency must be increased. 

“In the meantime,  I am encouraging residents to report each and every time they see a blocked gully to ensure that LCC respond, investigate and clear. ??? 

“Reports can be made to Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department by phone on 0300 123 6780 or online through the ‘Report It’ service at 

“Regular reports of specific gullies can then lead to them being added to LCC’s routine schedule.” ?? 

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