Following the decision to close Skelmersdale Sports Centre by Conservative-run West Lancashire Borough Council local MP Rosie Cooper is meeting with West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust to find a way to deliver a new sports centre in Skelmersdale.
MP Rosie has received many complaints from West Lancashire residents and beyond about the decision and are unhappy that the largest town in the area with a population 40,000 people has no sports centre.
MP Rosie said:
“It is an absolute disgrace that the Conservative-run Council has left Skelmersdale without a sports centre and with no clear plans for a new facility. I don’t believe this is good enough and I believe the people of West Lancashire deserve better.
“West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust’s stated vision is ‘the creation and maintenance of a first class range of healthy and recreational activities to serve all parts of the community of West Lancashire’. I want to work with them to bring a new sports centre to Skelmersdale".
“I’m positive there must be a scheme that is deliverable given the numbers currently using Skelmersdale Sports Centre in its current poor state of repair. Imagine how many people would be encouraged to use brand new sports facilities.
“This is the year of London 2012. What will West Lancashire’s Legacy be? I am determined it will be more than a hope as the council say but a real commitment to providing a new sports centre!
“I am more than happy to meet with representatives of West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust and Serco to discuss potential options and offer my support to help in delivering new sports facilities.
“We have a brand new £42 million college campus, plans for a new town centre, an ambition for a new railway station in Skelmersdale. A new sports centre would be a welcome addition to a new look Skelmersdale and would benefit the whole of West Lancashire. Skelmersdale deserves it!”