West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The publication of this retail study confirms what most people already know. A few years ago I fought hard to oppose the plans for Kirkby town centre as it would have killed off any hope of redeveloping Skelmersdale town centre. Given the stark warning of this study, the plans announced at New Year for the redevelopment and regeneration of the town centre are essential for addressing the problems highlighted in this study. There is a clear need to get on with the redevelopment quickly. Skelmersdale needs and deserves a town centre that offers high quality facilities, shops, restaurants, leisure activities that people want to use. A town centre that is at the heart of the community.