The people of Skelmersdale are the heartbeat of the town; and it is their contribution over the last 50 years in building a community that should be recognised and celebrated on the 50th anniversary of the new town.
Promises made 50 years ago to its new and future residents have never been completely fulfilled. The single most important challenge for the future of the new town is now to finally deliver a Skelmersdale that the people of the town have long deserved!
Beginning with the opening the opening of a new £42 million state-of-the-art college which is long overdue, ensuring that the ambitions and aspirations of our young people are matched by the quality of the learning facilities.
This new college should be the measure of how we shape a new future for the new town. It is a clear statement of intent and one that should reflect our ambitions for the redevelopment of the town centre
For the past 18 months, I have been holding Skelmersdale Summit meetings, where the priority for these meetings is to ensure that the 1st phase of the new town centre is delivered. On these plans we hope to make some exciting announcements in the near future.
Investment in housing and our estates as well as improving transport links with ambitions plans for a railway station in West Lancashire’s largest town should be our next goal after the town centre redevelopment.
As we look forward to the next 50 years, we should ensure we set demanding targets and priorities to deliver a Skelmersdale worthy of it’s people.