Popish Disregard For The Views Of Residents?

In a letter to The Champion, Burscough resident Gavin Rattray reminds us of the 96.3% support for the parish poll rejection of the Yew Tree Farm housing development, and the 4,000 signatories to the Parliamentary petition against it. Yet a political claim has recently been made that Burscough residents’ want the development to go ahead. Read the letter here  [click to enlarge]

Newburgh Cllr Pope lives in Lathom, an area not known for raw sewage rising up from inadequate drains. Borough Cllr since 2006, now a recently elected County Cllr for Burscough, (which IS known for raw sewage rising up from inadequate drains) and Rufford.

In the memorable WLBC Full Council meeting on 16 October 2013 Cllr Pope is recorded as having voted FOR the Local Plan including Yew Tree Farm. And it is his remark at a planning meeting that draws the ire of Gavin Rattray.

Perhaps SOME Burscough residents DO want the development? Perhaps they are the 3.7% who didn’t support the parish poll? But five years on and no end in sight to regular raw sewage events will not endear Pope to those who suffer from them.

Author: westlancashirerecord

I am a pensioner. I am a strong supporter of the rights of elderly and disabled residents of West Lancashire to receive equal treatment from the WLBC that unfortunately does not agree, leading to the social exclusion of some immobile disabled residents. My personal suggestion of honouring the County Regiment led to us having probably the proudest day ever in West Lancashire. I wrote "Dear Cllr Owens. I'm writing to let you know how pleased I am my suggestion of honouring our County regiment is to be proposed to Council. It is the greatest honour we can bestow on our brave soldiers who make or risk the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe, and I appreciate what Council is doing". Such a shame then that a stupid borough councillor, Sudworth, untruthfully claimed the idea came from Cllr Owens who responded to me "You will be pleased to learn that this evening the motion passed unanimously. Colonel Amlot from the Regiment was accorded a standing ovation and we look forward to a parade and march through Ormskirk next year. Thank you". After the Parade I wrote to Cllr Owens "I was reading through the emails we exchanged after I made the suggestion to honour our County Regiment. As you said today, we got there in the end, and what an end? This celebration of our Regiment was quite simply, as my original mail said, the greatest honour of all. To see all these young people who risk their lives for us was so moving. Little did I know what Council could do and how our residents would react to it all. Well, we should all be so proud of this great day. I know I am".

2 thoughts on “Popish Disregard For The Views Of Residents?”

  1. That Pope can show his face in Burscough at all is pretty amazing, given the strength of objection to YTF there has always been. That he states in the planning meeting that Burscough people WANT this obscene level of development actually shows the level of contempt that Pope holds for Burscough.

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