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Friday, March 06, 2015

Give your views on strategy for Ormskirk town centre

You still have time to give your views on a draft strategy to help shape an even better future for Ormskirk town centre.

West Lancashire Borough Council is currently consulting on a new blueprint to help ensure that Ormskirk remains an attractive place for shoppers and visitors as our high streets change.

Key issues include how Ormskirk Market can diversify and attract even more shoppers, for example by having local produce markets, arts and crafts traders and stalls for student traders from Edge Hill University. Improvements for the market would complement the refreshing of the pedestrianised area in Moor Street, which started recently.

The Council wants to hear what you have to say to inform the preparation of the final plan. You can read the document, currently in its draft stage, and give your views by visiting the Your Views pages.

You can also find out more at the following public consultation events where Council staff can answer your questions:

  • Morrisons Supermarket, Tuesday 10 March 9.30am-1pm and 3pm-6.30pm
  • Ormskirk Library, Burscough Street, Monday 16 March, 4pm-7pm

If you do not have access to the internet you can request a printed questionnaire by contacting the Economic Regeneration Unit on 01695 585122 or by email info.edu@westlancs.gov.uk. The consultation is open until Tuesday 14 April 2015.

Councillor David Griffiths, portfolio holder for Town and Village Centres, said:  “Ormskirk provides a good offer to visitors and people living in the town with its great history, thriving market, shops, restaurants and fantastic events such as Ormskirk MotorFest. But our strategy can help make it an even better place now and well into the future.

“We are very grateful to the people who have already responded, but we are keen to hear from as many people as possible to help us come up with the best possible strategy to meet the needs of local people and businesses.

“Everyone can take part in the consultation, but we particularly want Ormskirk people to take part in this process as they can give us their invaluable insight on the town in which they live.”  

Some of the main proposals covered in the strategy include:

  • Looking to improve the evening/night time economy to help ensure that the town centre continues to be a vibrant and safe environment after 5pm, including the possible introduction of food and drink festivals.
  • Reviewing the current pricing strategy of the town centre car parks. In particular, reviewing if offering free car parking for shorter periods of time (such as half an hour)  would help attract shoppers who may want to pick up one or two items.
  • Improving the current transport and access arrangement in the town.
  • Developing a website dedicated to Ormskirk town centre.
  • Improving and enhancing the appearance and appeal of the town centre including making the most of the town’s historic character.

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