Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

03/07/12 - MP Rosie Cooper welcomes news Ormskirk town centre co

Ormskirk town centre could yet get a support as the Government announced its intention that all towns that applied to be a Portas Pilot will be given support.  This news as Communities and Local Government Ministers responded to Labour's questions in Parliament on Monday 2 July 2012.


West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, in the Chamber for the Question time, who has supported Ormskirk's Portas Pilot bid, welcomed the news with cautious optimism.  In response to the news MP Rosie said:


"I welcome the announcement that town centres, like Ormskirk, could be in line for support that, I hope, will give the high street a real boost.  We know local businesses and shopowners are absolutely committed to reinvigorating Ormskirk town centre, they are ambitious of the town.  We have seen this with the excellent bid to become a Portas Pilot and the new Love Ormskirk campaign.


"Every week there are more shops closing, leaving more and more empty units.  This is why I am pleased there is an intention to offer our town centres more support.  They need a helping hand. 


"I have written to the Minister to ask for more detail about what this support means in reality.  What will be available, when will it be available and to whom.  I truly hope the Minister is not offering forlorn hope but support of real substance.  For Ormskirk to be a 21st century town centre it needs help not gimmicks.


"West Lancashire Borough Council needs to play its part as well.  They have £100,000 in funding to spend on town centres.  They need to use it in a way that delivers real and lasting benefit for the local high streets.  Their track record is not particularly encouraging though.  In 2009 they were given £50,000 by Government to help the high street.  Instead they put the money in the bank and stood by as Ormskirk town centre declined.  They cannot do this twice."

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