West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has written to Lancashire County Council seeking urgent action on the demolition of the derelict Glenburn School buildings.
Glenburn School was closed in 2016 and since then has been left to fall down aided by vandalism and arson on the site, leaving an unsightly mess in the town centre.
Many residents contacted Rosie Cooper MP asking for something to be done because this was dangerous for children and local people.
Following the decision to close the school despite local opposition, it is clear that Lancashire County Council had no plan for the site as they wrongly believed it was a Department for Education responsibility.
The County Council have confirmed that demolition and clearance would take over 40 weeks to complete once it gets started, and would cost a staggering £1.3m.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“We fought hard to keep Glenburn open but the authorities had other ideas and wanted it closed, we can see they had no clear plan how to move forward once the closure went ahead.
“Skelmersdale is left with unsightly, unkempt and unsecured derelict buildings in the town centre which has been prone to vandalism and arson since the doors shut, a very dangerous situation.
“Lancashire County Council have confirmed it will take over 40 weeks to complete the demolition works when it starts later this year, and the taxpayer will be footing a massive £1.3m bill for the project.
“Lancashire County Council needs to urgently demolish the school, get the site cleared and the football pitches safely moved, so that young people in Skelmersdale can use them.”