West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper spoke out during a Parliamentary Debate on the future of high streets to highlight concerns over Skelmersdale’s stalled town centre redevelopment.
MP Rosie commented in the debate that "in Skelmersdale we would love a high street. There are plans for a town centre redevelopment that currently consist of just one building, yet the owners of that building are fighting tooth and nail to stop the development, despite 90% of the retail spend going outside of Skelmersdale.
"Sometimes the protection of individual interests, as in this case, damages the wider benefits for all residents and the community. The town and its residents should come first and we need extra help to make that happen."
Rosie’s comments come as the owners of the Concourse Shopping Centre have submitted an appeal against their failed Judicial Review application.
Speaking after the debate MP Rosie said:
“I’ve always said and believe that a new town centre for Skelmersdale offers a new future for Skelmersdale. The town’s residents deserve a 21st century town centre. A future of which the Concourse could be and should be a part.
"Instead the Concourse owners seem to think it is either the town centre or the Concourse. As 90% of shoppers are going out of the area, if the town centre were to attract a good proportion of those shoppers back into the town, this could be good for the Concourse.
“Sadly the actions of the Concourse’s owners are stalling the new town centre. Their interests are overriding those of Skelmersdale residents at this time.
"While this situation is holding up progress on the town centre, it is the people and the town of Skelmersdale who are paying the price as each day passes without any sign of the new town centre being delivered.”