West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the transfer of ownership of the former Glenburn Sports College site back to Lancashire County Council, which offers an opportunity to save the Glenburn sports pitches for future community use.

Following the closure of the former Glenburn Sports College in Skelmersdale in July 2016, ownership of the site was passed to the Department for Education. Subsequently concerns were raised by the local community over the future use of the state of the art 3G floodlit football pitch on the site.

Since then a number of interested parties have expressed an interest in taking over the ownership and running of the facilities. Having already lost the sports centre, it is imperative that local schools and the Skelmersdale community have access to these facilities.

MP Rosie tabled a series of written Parliamentary Questions with the Department for Education to call on them to ensure the sports pitches remained available to the local community.

She also raised the issue with Sport England. In their response they state they are keen to explore the potential to retain access to the Glenburn site now that ownership of the site has transferred to Lancashire County Council.

Speaking on the most recent development, MP Rosie Cooper said:

“It would be scandalous if these state of the art sports facilities in the heart of Skelmersdale were left to go to wrack and ruin.

“The town has already lost other sports facilities, it cannot afford to lose this one as well.

“Now the site ownership has transferred to Lancashire County Council we need to get on with securing the future of the sports pitches.

“I will continue to work with Lancashire County Council, Sport England and the various interested parties wanting to take on the sports pitches to make sure they are saved for the benefit of the local community.”

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