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Consultation archive 2011-12

Balancing the books

The Council invited local people and organisations to give views on proposals to make savings and efficiencies and generate income. Like many councils in the country, we face serious financial challenges and need to reduce spending by around 30% – £5 million – between 2011 and 2015. The consultation closed on 14 September 2012 and the Council made final decisions at its meeting in October 2012.

Skelmersdale Sports Centre

We invited local residents and sports centre users to give their views on the future of Skelmersdale Sports Centre. This consultation ended on 6 July 2012. Having taken account of these results, and investigations into alternative facilities, we made the decision to close and demolish Skelmersdale Sports Centre in the autumn.

Business Plan

The Council invited views on its Business Plan 2011/12 - 2014/15 - a four-year plan to save money and protect frontline services. Final decisions, taking into account the responses we received, were made on 17 October 2012.

Citizen and Stakeholder Surveys 2012

The Council carried out surveys to gather the views of residents and stakeholders on spending priorities, community safety and satisfaction with important services. The results are being used by the Council as it makes plans for services, efficiencies and savings.

Saving £2 million

Local people and stakeholders were invited to give their views on proposals to save £2 million in a consultation exercise in September 2011. The Council considered all the responses at its meeting on 19 October 2011 and formally approved a series of proposals.

New play area at New Church Farm, Skelmersdale

Consultation with local residents was held about the new play area. Staff spoke to residents to gather their views and staged a public viewing of the designs. Residents chose their favourite design and it was installed in time for summer 2011.