Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

06/08/07 West Lancashire MP calls on residents to make views kno

“For the past 18 months I have been campaigning for an Ormskirk bypass to help ease congestion in Ormskirk town centre and surrounding areas. Local residents have told me the bypass proposal has been talked about for the past 50 years if not longer. Since I became West Lancashire’s MP I have been determined that we would get the road built, raising the issue at every opportunity with questions to ministers, Parliamentary adjournment debates and numerous meetings with the two local authorities. Whilst I believe we should keep the environmental impact to a minimum; I believe the scheme will help to regenerate and reinvigorate Ormskirk town centre by reducing congestion, which will bring people back into the town centre and will also help improve the quality of public transport services. Thereby, unlocking the future potential of the town.”

“There has been a considerable amount of work to get the Ormskirk bypass plans to this stage. My message to local residents is if you want the bypass the we must grab what could be a once in a generation chance.”

“We need to resolve this, and this August Lancashire County Council is holding a series of public consultation events on the proposed bypass. Plans for the road scheme have been drawn up by the County Council and they will be exhibited at various venues across West Lancashire. Local residents are invited to view the plans and to make comments on a questionnaire.”

“The public consultation events will take place at Ormskirk Civic Hall on 2, 9 and 14 August from 10am to 8pm; at Westhead Village Hall on August 11 from 10am to 6pm and August 15 from 10am to 8pm; and at Ormskirk town centre clock tower on August 16 from 11am to 6pm.”

“As a local resident this is your opportunity to let everyone know, from Government down, how strongly you support the building of the bypass and just how much we need a bypass. If you have ever been stuck in traffic in the town centre then you will know the value of the bypass.”

“If you are unable to attend any of the consultation events then a questionnaire can be obtained from Lancashire County Council or West Lancashire District Council, by telephoning 01772 534468 or email hcmailbox@env.lancscc.gov.uk. The deadline for all questionnaires to be returned is Friday 31 August.”

Following the public consultation the next stage of the process will be for Lancashire County Council to submit the road scheme for planning permission consent in November. 

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