West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the news of government funding for West Lancashire Borough Council to support Ormskirk town centre.
MP Rosie had contacted West Lancashire Borough Council encouraging them to make a bid to the scheme for Ormskirk town centre as it met the criteria including being in a conservation area.
She had become aware of £44m of Government and Historic England funding to create new High Streets Heritage Action Zones, giving councils, businesses and community groups access to expert advice and investment to bring historic buildings back into use and support historic high streets to adapt to the challenges they face, something she felt would help Ormskirk Town Centre.
There is also a further £3m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets, and £15m for the Architectural Heritage Fund to support social enterprise organisations to take ownership of and bring buildings of local importance such as pubs, libraries, theatres and shops back into use.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“This is a great boost for Ormskirk and West Lancashire and I hope that the council can use this opportunity and really drive investment and retailers into Ormskirk with spin off benefits for the rest of West Lancashire.
“The funding for Ormskirk comes at an opportune time to regenerate our town centres, with the multi million pound Skelmersdale town centre development due to begin in the coming months – the sooner residents can see diggers on site there, the sooner they can believe in the long overdue Skelmersdale town centre delivery.
“Securing funding through Historic England will help ensure investment and protections are put in place to maintain Ormskirk’s historic nature and many of its remaining buildings of historic importance to the town.”