Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

02/11/05 PROGRESS TOWARDS DELIVERING ON THE GROUND

Last week the Local Strategic Partnership made some real progress as parts of Skelmersdale prepare for a funding windfall from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. At the meeting the decision was taken over the areas that will receive the £3.7 million funding.

It was agreed that the Beechtrees are of Digmoor will be the focus for much of the capital spending. However, parts of Tanhoue and Moorside in Skelmersdale will be included in the programme. These areas will benefit from the revenue strand of the funding.

Local Labour Member of Parliament Rosie Cooper said:

“It is encouraging to see some progress towards actually delivering in the communities of Skelmersdale. It is a substantial amount of funding, which we have received from the Labour Government, that if used properly and effectively will have long-term benefits for the area. We can really push ahead over the next four years in tackling some of the deep-rooted problems that affect the more deprived areas of our area.”

“I am hopeful that programmes like Safer, Stronger Communities Funding tied to long term developments such as Skem Vision we are make some progress in improving the quality of life and the opportunities for the people of Skelmersdale.”

Local Labour Councillor Terence Aldridge, who represents Beechtrees as the Digmoor Councillor said:

“I truly hope this funding will make a real difference to the people I represent. This investment of much needed funding will, I hope, be the catalyst for more regeneration activity in the area. This is just the beginning of the story, for too long areas, like Beechtrees have been ignored."

“The underlying strength within this funding programme is that it gives the local community a say in how the money is spent. Local people get to voice their opinion about how local problems are tackled.”

“I truly hope local residents who will benefit from the Labour Government’s investment in the local community through this programme will seek to get involved and have their say.”

Labour County Councillor Bob Pendleton said:

“This money will mean real improvements not just for the people of Digmoor but the surrounding areas too. It will enable us to put in place much needed services and support with aim of giving the target communities a safer place to live and a local environment they can enjoy.”

“The new few weeks and months will be crucial as the plans for how this funding will be used to maximise its impact are put together.” 

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