No Merit In Photoshoots With Flood Victims?

The WLBC great and the good take photoshoot opportunities galore of big spending developments as you will see below. They don’t expose themselves to the nasty sewage invading homes in Crabtree Lane Burscough, or elsewhere in West Lancashire. It’s first class official bullshittery down to a fine art! They give the public the brushoff!

On 30 July 2020, in response to a message from WLBC, Gavin Rattray Secretary of the Burscough Flooding Group wrote an Open Letter

To the WLBC Chief Operating Officer

“Dear Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey and Ian Moran

“Thank you for your email. Only WLBC as our Local Planning Authority, has a specific duty to prevent development driven surface and groundwater water flooding onsite and downstream in Burscough from increasing indefinitely.

“As 2019/1182/ARM and 2020/0293/CON are a fait accompli, can you at least reassure residents now expecting increased flooding, that WLBC will discard its hard hats and rigger boots long enough to undertake the investigations requested into the serious issues raised in May 2020?

“Yours faithfully. Gavin Rattray – Secretary Burscough Flooding Group

Two months later, on 28 September 2020 “Dear Mr Rattray

“Thank you for your most recent e-mail. While I understand your real concerns the applications you mention have been carefully considered.

“The Council is searching to find a potential solution to the problems due to flooding experienced by some of the properties on Crabtree Lane, and other issues that have arisen in Burscough. As a consequence the Council pulled together a meeting with the LLFA and United Utilities to discuss this further and see how solutions could be progressed.

“This meeting was held on 14 September and the LLFA advised that they are actively investigating the issues associated with the flooding suffered on Crabtree Lane and considering possible solutions. Further discussions need to be held with Network Rail and the NFU to progress matters.

“I am determined that this Council will continue to assist and push for progress. I hope the above comments are of assistance to you.

“Kind regards Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey”. Chief Operating Officer
West Lancashire Borough Council

And today, 29 September 2020 from Gavin Rattray An Open Letter to WLBC Chief Operating Officer and Council Leader Ian Moran

“Dear Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey

“Thank you for your email about WLBC’s recent and next flooding meeting.

“Burscough Flooding Group (BFG) are happy to share our knowledge of the causes of the increased rate of surface water flooding at Crabtree Lane. Unfortunately, that was not possible because WLBC withdrew its previous invitation to meet. We would be delighted to attend your next flooding meeting with partners if they are not held in secret as usual. Can you please let us know if you wish us to attend and assist the solution with local knowledge?

“As you know, up to now our flood risk management authorities have held meetings where you do not want to meet or hear from flood victims or residents with local knowledge of the problem. Obviously this approach attracts the conclusion that they aren’t serious meetings intended to solve a problem, and the evidence on the ground supports that conclusion. We would be delighted to help you change that situation, so can you please let us know if you wish us to attend and assist the solution with local knowledge?

“To that end, can I remind you of the investigation I originally requested in May into the unusual way the drainage conditions for planning applications are decided by WLBC, which yourself and Council Leader Ian Moran both brushed off in June and July and now again in September.

“Given your determination that your Council will continue to assist and push for progress, now seems to me like the appropriate time to investigate whether all of the available information was meaningfully considered and whether there have been many breaches of planning, or the drainage conditions were decided incorrectly for the many development sites, including 2019/1182/ARM, which are responsible for the increase in the widespread surface water flooding problems in Burscough. Can you please let me know whether you are going to investigate the matter as I requested in June 2020 and when we can expect a response with the results of your investigations?”

“Best regards, Gavin Rattray” Secretary, Burscough Flooding Group FLAG (Not holding his breath!)

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