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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Time to give your views on major improvement plans for Ormskirk town centre

This is the time to have your say on plans for Moor Street in Ormskirk.

Businesses, market traders and residents are being invited to give their views on a major scheme to improve Ormskirk town centre.

West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council have worked in partnership to draw up exciting proposals. These aim to enhance the paved section of Moor Street (from the Clock Tower to the Moorgate junction), to make the area more attractive and an even nicer place to visit, shop and do business.

The Councils are keen to hear what people have to say about the scheme. A public consultation is running until 27 July, and residents, shoppers, market traders and businesses are invited to give their views.

Proposals as part of the £700,000 project include a new square on Moor Street where a regular series of events could be organised, becoming a feature of the town where people can socialise.

The scheme also includes proposals to completely resurface Moor Street, with new paving complementing that used in nearby Aughton Street and Church Street. Brand new seats, street lights, litter bins and tree planting would be provided with a new layout to accommodate the Moor Street market stalls. Restrictions on vehicular access to Moor Street, Burscough Street, Aughton Street and Church Street would also be strengthened between 10am and 4pm.

The consultation is also looking for your views on cycling in the town centre, particularly Moor Street, Church Street, Burscough Street and Aughton Street.

Information about the scheme is available at give your views on Ormskirk town centre improvements, where people can find a questionnaire to give their views. 

West Lancashire Borough Council is investing £265,000 in the scheme, plus an additional £40,000 from the High Street Innovation Fund. Lancashire County Council will provide £389,000 funding.

Councillor Martin Forshaw, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development, said: "A lot of people have already given their views which we are very pleased about but we want to hear from many more. This is a very exciting scheme which aims to build on the historic character of Ormskirk and improve one of the town centre’s busiest streets to make it much more attractive for shoppers, traders and residents.

"The Borough Council is committed to ensuring that our town centres remain vital and viable and the whole Borough will reap the benefit of this major investment. Strengthening restrictions on vehicular access will make the town centre an even more inviting place for people to come and shop."

County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "Our economy relies on town centres being places that people want to visit and spend time and money in.

"This scheme is just the start of an exciting time for Ormskirk as we are also looking to agree a wider strategy for improvements as part of our transport masterplan for West Lancashire which will result in further investment to secure the future prosperity of the town."

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