Kerry McCarthy joined local councillors and activists to launch the Save Our Flood Pumps campaign today at the Holmeswood pumping station. In the summer of 2015 the Tory government decided to switch off five of West Lancashire’s flood pumps. In December the area was hit with some of the worst floods in years yet in 2017 the pumps will cease to be operational.
Council leader Ian Moran is calling for people to add their signatures to his letter to David Cameron asking him to reconsider this decision in light of the devastating impact of the floods this winter.
Meanwhile, the government has announced flood defences spending across the country and the North West is set to lose out to the South East again. According to analysis by the Press Association, the North West, which saw some of the worst flooding this December, will get just 5% of the total spend specified by area. Five times more will be spent in the South East than the North West.
Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, Ian Moran said:
“The people of West Lancashire will be outraged to hear that so much money is being spent on flood defences in the South while the government is shutting down our flood pumps. We must make them re-think their decision and protect the land for our farmers and families.
“I urge people to sign our letter and make Cameron think again.”
Shadow Environment Secretary, Kerry McCarthy MP said:
“I was pleased to launch the Save Our Flood pumps campaign in Ormskirk and add my name to Cllr Moran’s letter. The local people are rightly worried about what the impact of turning off these flood pumps will be. They are still recovering from some of the worst floods for 100 years so the threat looms large.
“At the same time as the local community battles this decision, there is a shameful lack of transparency by the Government on what basis important decisions about our flood defences are being made. The risk of flooding will only increase as climate change worsens, so the Government’s planned cuts in this area will do little to inspire confidence among the public that they are taking the problem seriously.
“The spending figures will be of real concern to people in West Lancashire who feel forgotten by the Government, particularly those who have suffered in the recent floods.
“If the government are serious about creating a Northern Powerhouse, then they must invest in the infrastructure needed to keep businesses open and people safe.”
Visit www.saveourfloodpumps.org.uk to add your name to the letter.