Council chiefs in pledge to MP to improve drains near to flooded school

Council chiefs in pledge to MP to improve drains near to flooded school

by Henry James (October 2020)

LANCASHIRE County Council has given a commitment to West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper to undertake significant improvement and unblocking work on drains near and under  Aughton Town Green Primary School.

LCC, who are the Local Lead Flood Authority, has responded to Ms Cooper’s repeated concerns about flooding at the school, which have also been brought to their attention by headteacher Nick Huxley.

The storms in February and August caused flooding right through the school and forced it to close. Rosie Cooper MP has been in regular correspondence with LCC to ensure they took their responsibility seriously and ensure they undertake the investigative work required of them.

The MP commented: “I am pleased that after months of wrangling with Lancashire County Council they have finally undertaken the investigation work which has identified a series of improvements under the school and through private land.

“This work is necessary to unlock the proper flow of surface water through this particular drainage system.

“The headteacher, staff, parents, pupils and local residents have all been clear for some time that there are issues with the drainage system in this area, while the school have already spent over £10,000 trying to resolve this themselves.

“It is disappointing that LCC have let the school flood on so many occasions before taking this action.

“LCC are now working on their action plan which will be available next month with further works in the public highway that may also be of benefit downstream from the school on Town Green Lane also under consideration.

“The council have further committed to ‘unravelling the remaining complex network of drains in the area’ and identify where additional investment might be worthwhile.

“I will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that meaningful progress is made.”

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