West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called a meeting to resolve ongoing issues over the refurbishment of Ormskirk town centre. Representatives from Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, Ormskirk Market Traders Committee, Love Ormskirk and town centre retailers have been invited to attend the meeting.
In recent weeks MP Rosie has met with market traders who have called for 50% reduction in stall fees for the duration of the improvement works, which has required the relocation of stalls away from Moor Street. The traders tried unsuccessfully to meet with the council under the previous Conservative administration.
Rosie has raised traders’ and retailers’ concerns with the local authorities and has called the roundtable discussion in an effort to reach a resolution for all parties.
MP Rosie said:
“The investment in Ormskirk town centre by Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council is very much welcome and an important part of revitalising our town centres.
“However, I’ve been contacted by market traders and local shop owners over the impact the disruption from the works is having on their businesses.
“What we want to avoid is these short-term impacts having long-term consequences for Ormskirk town centre. We need to find ways to support these businesses as they are integral to the future of a thriving town centre and the refurbishment works are only of value if at the end we have an enhanced town centre with a strong retail offer that attracts local residents and visitors into Ormskirk.
“I look forward to working with all parties to find a positive and constructive outcome from the meeting.”