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West Lancashire flooding fears after Environment Agency budget cuts

BUDGET cuts to the Environment Agency have led to flooding fears for West Lancashire as the organisation now has less money to spend on land drainage.

BUDGET cuts to the Environment Agency have led to flooding fears for West Lancashire as the organisation now has less money to spend on land drainage.

The Environment Agency will be holding five information days to update local people on future options for managing land drainage in the flat, low lying, agricultural parts of the Alt Crossens catchment.

The low lying land stretches from Hightown and Ince Blundell in the south to Banks and Mere Brow in the north. It lies to the east of Formby and Southport and to the west of Rufford, Haskayne and Halsall. It also includes an area of farmland north of Banks.

The information days are being held for people to find out about the options and ask any questions that they have.

Local councillors, the National Farmers Union and Country Land and Business Association are aiming to attend the sessions.

The information days will be held from 2pm until 7pm.

The first session will be held at Scarisbrick Village Hall on January 27. The second session will be at Lydiate Village Centre on January 31. The third session will be at Haskayne Village Hall on February 5. The fourth session will be at Mere Brow Village Hall on February 6. The final session will be held on February 11 at Ince Blundell Village Hall.

More information on the options can be found at www.altcrossens.org.

Cllr Cynthia Dereli said: “I would urge all residents to take the time to visit one of the EA's information sessions. They are responding to government funding cuts and have a set of options one of which involves turning off some of the pumps that keep the water flowing through water courses. These are serious issues and the extent of their impact is not clear. This is one of those times when the voice of the people will be vital.”