Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

18/07/11 - MP Rosie calls urgent Skelmersdale summit to demand a

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called an emergency Skelmersdale summit meeting with all they key partners to demand answers over the apparent lack of progress in the redevelopment of Skelmersdale town centre.


MP Rosie said:

"It is nearly two years since the battle was won to stop the Kirkby project from going ahead giving the proposals for Skelmersdale a boost.  Yet not a single sod of earth has been dug, a single brick has been laid, even worse no plans to view.


"I was assured that we would have a planning application by the end of the summer.  Yet at the current rate I am beginning to wonder which summer.


"The new £42 million Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College was supposed to be the lynchpin for the new town centre.  At present it is going to be looking a very isolated building if the redevelopment doesn't get a move on.


"The town centre redevelopment is not making the required progress.  I am determined that this vision for Skelmersdale will happen and not fall by the wayside as have other previous proposals which is why I am demanding progress.


"All the partners involved need to either put up or move on and let progress be made. The people of Skelmersdale have waited long enough. This vision must be delivered"


Rosie is holding a Skelmersdale Summit with West Lancashire Borough Council, Homes and Communities Agency, St Modwen and Lancashire County Council.  Previously Government Office North West and North West Development Agency attended meetings prior to the announcement they were to be scrapped.


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