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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

New Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group looks to the future

An important step has been taken in achieving the aims of the Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy.

An Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group has been formed which will aim to make the new strategy’s goals a reality and ensure the town centre prospers by helping to make it a more vibrant and attractive place for visitors, shoppers and retailers.

Some of the strategy’s key aims include:

  • Developing a brand, marketing campaign and improving the management of the town centre.
  • Improving and enhancing the appearance and appeal of the town centre including making the most of the town’s historic character.
  • Reviewing the current car parking arrangements.
  • Improving the current transport and access arrangement in the town.
  • Considering opportunities to improve the evening economy,  such as working with local retailers to explore the opportunities to keep their stores open later to coincide with events such as evening entertainment, evening markets and outdoor food and drinks festivals.

The group is made up of a number of local organisations including, Business in the Community, Love Ormskirk, Ormskirk Community Partnership, Edge Hill University, Edge Hill Students’ Union and West Lancashire Borough Council. This is the first forum that has been established to help bring these key stakeholders together to improve the town centre.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “I am very pleased the new town centre management group has been formed. Ormskirk currently has 95.5% of its shops occupied, and is the joint lowest town in the North West for vacant retail units. The strategy will play a key role in ensuring Ormskirk remains successful and has an exciting future which will benefit us all, and it is important that businesses, the Council and the community work together to achieve this.” 

The final Draft Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy and action plan is available online at Regeneration.

As part of the new management structure a number of sub groups will be established made up by representatives from the key local organisations.  These sub groups will deliver specific actions from within the town centre strategy, such as branding and marketing, enhancing the public realm and improving the market and car parking. 

The final draft of the Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy has now been adopted by West Lancashire Borough Council’s Cabinet and the Council is currently in the process of securing formal endorsement of the strategy from all stakeholders on the management group.  Once the document has been formally endorsed by all parties the final strategy will be published early in the New Year.

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