On Friday 31 July 2015 West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper chaired the latest in a series of meetings about Ormskirk town centre refurbishment works.
Town centre businesses along with Ormskirk market traders representatives attended the meeting along with cabinet member’s, Cllr John Fillis from Lancashire County Council and Cllr John Hodson from West Lancashire Borough Council.
During the meeting traders and retailers expressed their frustration at the financial impact of the refurbishment works on their businesses and their concerns about the long-term consequences of the dropping footfall in the town centre from both visitors to the town and regular shoppers. There was also discussion on the Borough Council’s future plans for revitalising the town centre following the completion of the works.
Following the meeting, MP Rosie said:
“I want to thank all the Ormskirk traders and businesses who attended the meeting. Understanding the frustrations of local businesses, the challenges they face and their priorities for supporting their businesses is essential for the Borough Council in revitalising Ormskirk town centre.
“It was deeply disappointing that the day before the meeting that the Borough Council had issued letters to the market traders rejecting their calls for a 50% discount of stall rents during the period of the works. Also that no council officers were at the meeting to answer the more detailed and long-running issues concerning traders and businesses.
“For too long there has been a lack of commercial focus on how Ormskirk town centre is managed under the previous Conservative administration. This needs to change and it needs to change quickly.
“Only by businesses, traders and the councils working together do we have a chance to deliver a more vibrant and revitalised Ormskirk town centre.
“As I made clear at the meeting I will continue to hold these town centre meetings in the coming months because we cannot afford for Ormskirk town centre not to be successful.”