Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

30/01/09 Don't let Tesco's eat the heart of Skelmersdale

West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper has implored the public inquiry into proposals for Kirkby that Tesco should not be allowed to eat the heart of Skelmersdale.

MP Rosie supports the view of the local authority consortium and developers St Modwen that plans for redevelopment of Kirkby as it stands threaten any prospect for regenerating Skelmersdale town centre, now or in the future.

Rosie said:

“I recently heard Tesco described as the supermarket that ate Great Britain. If the massive Kirkby proposal is granted planning permission then I believe that Tesco will have been allowed to eat the heart of Skelmersdale, stealing it’s future lifeblood."

“The sheer scale of the Kirkby plans would blow everything else out of the water. Undoubtedly Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens would suffer but the Kirkby proposals kill off future regeneration in Skelmersdale."

“I am in favour of regenerating Kirkby but a balance has to be struck. We need schemes for the two towns which complement each other not clash."

“It doesn’t make sense when we could actually regenerate both Skelmersdale and Kirkby and dramatically improve the quality of life for both communities."

“There are very few once in a generation opportunities to bring about real change. I desperately hope that this application is refused and common sense prevails as this is one of those times when we can bring life to two communities, not kill one off at the expense of the other."

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