COMMUNITIES Secretary the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP was welcomed to West Lancashire by local MP Rosie Cooper.
The Cabinet Minister responsible for housing and regeneration visited the Birch Green, Digmoor and Tanhouse areas of Skelmersdale as part of her visit.
Hazel said: “It was great to see how the Labour Government’s investment of £3.7 million Safer, Stronger Communities Funding is being used by local people on environmental improvements; CCTV and new youth facilities.
“At the same time the council has a duty to show its commitment to local residents by investing in housing, and ensuring estates are clean and safe.
“The Conservative council must find answers on how to regenerate residential areas and not just neglect them. No action is not an option.”
Rosie said: “I strongly support St Modwen’s desire to bring £350 million of private investment to Skelmersdale for a new and modern town centre and new housing that will reinvigorate the town centre.
“But as the new Skelmersdale rises, the current estates should be improved. All Skem residents new and old should benefit. Yet I fear that the people who were persuaded to come to Skelmersdale 40 years ago are being left behind and this is simply not acceptable.”