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Harington Ward Labour councillor Nina Killen

Formby councillors will meet with Sefton engineers in the new year to discuss recent floods in the town in a bid to reassure residents that the issues will be addressed.

Labour’s Harington ward councillor Nina Killen says there is widespread concern over how drains failed to cope with the many centimetres of rain that fell over the weekend of December 11.

Park Close, close to the new Bellway development at the old Powerhouse site, and parts of Church Road were submerged by rainwater which had nowhere to flow.

Cllr Killen said: “No one wants to see their road flood and people are obviously concerned about what might happen in an even worse storm.

“We must protect people and property and that is what Sefton’s flood strategy sets out to do.

“Unfortunately climate change seems to be bringing with it so much more of this unsettled weather and heavy rain and we understand residents’ concerns that further development may increase the risk.

“We will be meeting with Sefton’s senior engineers to discuss what is being done to address this issue, to make drains flow better and how new developments can actually improve the flooding issue as opposed to making it worse.”

Sefton Council recently undertook a flood strategy consultation with residents and Cllr Killen says she is pleased to see the council working closely with residents.

Cllr Killen said: “We are making sure the council is on top of this. Others may like residents to think that flooding is only caused or made worse by recent development and are using this as a reason why Formby should have no further new homes, but we will be pushing for any new development to improve the drainage and flood situation for current residents as well as for the new homes.

“No development should get the go-ahead until it has been shown that the drainage and flood risk will be improved.”

 

 

 

Formby Labour councillors to work with Sefton engineers to tackle flood problems in the town

Formby councillors will meet with Sefton engineers in the new year to discuss recent floods in the town in a bid to reassure residents that the issues will be addressed....

Bill Esterson

Bill Esterson MP statement on government issuing licences to start fracking: "The government's plan to allow fracking in protected areas including in Formby is a concern shared by many people. The decision was rushed through parliament with no debate and rides roughshod over the views of people in Formby and elsewhere. 

"Serious doubts remain about the science of fracking and reliance on fracking means a continuation of our use of fossil fuels. 

"The government says it is committed to reducing the effects on climate change and that means it should be cutting back on the use of fossil fuels. The decision to allow fracking in our national parks and in other protected areas, like Formby shows that the government simply does not care about the environment. 
"It has made dramatic cuts in the investment in renewable energy at great cost to business and jobs as well and this latest move shows that last week’s support for the climate change talks in Paris was all talk. 
"The Tories' actions speak louder than words. They should be investing in green energy for the long term benefit of the climate and the economy. Instead they have betrayed the people of Formby in the short term and everyone else in the long term when it comes to climate change."

Bill Esterson MP statement on government issuing licences to start fracking

Bill Esterson MP statement on government issuing licences to start fracking: "The government's plan to allow fracking in protected areas including in Formby is a concern shared by many people. The...

Bill Esterson MP with students from Maricourt, Deyes and Maghull High's politics A level classes.

Maghull's MP Bill Esterson welcomed students form the town's three high schools when they visited Westminster Central Methodist Hall for the sixth form politics conference.

The conference was attended by students from across the country and was addressed by politicians from across the political spectrum, including the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow as well as by Labour, Conservative, SNP and UKIP MPs.

The Maghull students met Bill Esterson MP during the lunch break and asked him for his views about the vote on Syria and about the new leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. Bill told the students about his new front bench role as the Shadow Minister for Small Business and answered questions from the students.

Bill Esterson said: "It is always a real pleasure to welcome visitors to Westminster from my constituency and it is great to see so many young people interested in politics. 

"I really enjoyed meeting students from Maricourt, Deyes and Maghull High and hearing their views about Syria and about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. 

"We are really fortunate to have such good schools in Sefton and as a parent of two children at Maghull High School, I know just how hard staff work at the schools in our area. So I would like to thank Geoff Stenson and Paul Eatock from Maghull High School for organising the visit to London. 

"The politics class at Maghull High School is a fine example of how our high schools work together and how students from all three schools in Maghull benefit from the partnership between the schools.

"The students who visited clearly found the event very interesting and told me what they thought of the MPs who had spoken. Let's just say that they were more impressed by some MPs than by others.

"The students were very keen to find out about how Labour is doing with Jeremy Corbyn as leader and I told them of the work I am doing to make sure we work closely with businesses of all sizes to make sure young people have the best possible opportunities and jobs when they go on to the world of work. 

"The ideas and insights of the Maghull politics students were very impressive and I am sure that the people of East Sefton will be well served by the next generation of politicians if the quality of discussion the students had with me is any kind of guide.

"I wish the students well and hope that their visit to London helps them in their studies and in the longer term."

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson welcomes politics students from Maghull three high schools to parliament

Maghull's MP Bill Esterson welcomed students form the town's three high schools when they visited Westminster Central Methodist Hall for the sixth form politics conference.

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