West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is absolutely delighted with news that a planning application for the redevelopment of Skelmersdale town centre has finally been submitted by St Modwen’s after a six year wait.
MP Rosie has been a staunch supporter of the regeneration of Skelmersdale town centre since the beginning. Rosie has fought hard against proposals for the redevelopment of Kirkby that would have killed off any hopes of a new Skelmersdale town centre. Rosie also rejected the Borough Council’s plans to put the redevelopment on hold in 2011 and has worked hard to make sure the scheme happened and was good for Skelmersdale.
In response to the news of the planning application, MP Rosie said:
“I very much welcome this long awaited and greatly anticipated planning application. During the public consultation residents gave this plan a massive thumbs up. My hope now is that all residents will have the same belief as me, that the new look town centre will finally go ahead.
“It has been a long road to reach this point. From the very beginning of this process I’ve been determined that Skelmersdale should have a redeveloped town centre. I’ve always carried with me the comment of one resident – that Skelmersdale has had more visions than St Bernadette. This is a vision that is about to be realised. It is what the town and its people deserve
“However, this planning application cannot be a false dawn. If it is passed by the Borough Council’s planning committee then St Modwen need to get on with finalising the deal with the retailers, cutting the first sod and laying the first brick.
“I am excited by possibilities in the next 50 years of Skelmersdale’s history. We have the new college campus and a town centre on its way. Now it’s on to the next stage in fighting for a new sports centre and a railway station as well as further retail and business in the town centre