Support for the proposed new local plan crumbling as MP comes out in opposition

Independent Councillor Adrian Owens says support for the new proposed local plan is crumbling even before the public consultation starts with the local MP, Rosie Cooper now opposing the plans put forward by her Labour council colleagues.

Adrian said, “Our West Lancashire has been advising local residents to write to Rosie Cooper as the local MP. Initially, responses from the MP were non-committal and we advised residents further. Now however, clearly taken aback by the level of public anger at the proposals, Rosie Cooper has said that she does ‘not believe that West Lancashire Borough Council should build houses for Merseyside’”.

“Yet the Labour council’s plan proposes just that - building more than 6000 houses for Merseyside in West Lancashire’s green belt on prime farming land. So, this puts the MP in direct opposition to her own Labour council!”

Adrian continued,“This particular proposal on Merseyside housing, along with idea to have a plan for 30 years, was why I said this draft local plan was based on entirely the wrong premise. I am delighted that the MP has reached the same conclusion.”

The Derby ward councillor who chairs the Our West Lancashire Council Group concluded by saying that Our West Lancashire would be holding further resident meetings in coming weeks and distributing leaflets to help inform people before making their representations during the public consultation which runs until 13th December.

8th October 2018

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