The situation for people living in Cow Ark should be declared a state of emergency, according to the areas MP. Nigel Evans the Ribble Valley MP said; ‘It needs to be treated as such. There must be urgent action to solve the situation. I have spoken to the county council about the poor condition of vital rural roads like the one in Cow Ark, and there needs to be a review of what we do when faced with exceptional weather conditions. I know this has been the worst weather in 30 years, but I am upset that people in rural communities seem to have been ignored. Yes, we need to keep the main arteries into towns clear, but what about people living in rural areas? We need a drastic change of policy.’
The Ribble Valley Council leader Michael Ranson said: ‘I think there needs to be a complete rethink on the county council’s policy on dealing with the sort of extreme weather we have seen recently. We know the council cannot deal with every last road in the area but, with the help of farmers, they can clear them. More has to be done to help people who live in these very rural locations. In the past farmers have been offered expenses to clear roads that the county council cannot get to. This must be done now and should already have happened.
But County Council Keith Young, who has responsibility for highways, gave residents little comfort, asking them to ‘bear with us.’ Keith Young said: ‘At the moment we have a very extreme set of circumstances and the priority is to keep the main roads clear.’
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we hope that these people from Cow Ark are freed from isolation soon.
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