West Lancashire Borough Council has taken an important step in its efforts to further boost the local economy. The West Lancashire economy is performing well when compared to the UK and the North West, and this is expected to continue, given its excellent strategic location, amongst other factors.
At its meeting on Wednesday 15 October, the Council voted cross party to join the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) as an associate, non-voting member.
Taking up this membership, which is free to the Council, will enable it to build on its good relationships with neighbouring authorities in Merseyside. The authority is already a corporate member of the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which has enabled key sites such as the G-Park sites in Skelmersdale to be promoted as part of the Liverpool Superport initiative.
The Council believes that joining the LCRCA will help put West Lancashire in an even better position to take advantage of opportunities for economic growth, skills development and the creation of new jobs.
Key benefits for the Council in becoming an associate member include:
• Taking part in the shared strategic approach on key policy areas, such as Rail North and Atlantic Gateway
• Joint working on issues such as employment and skills
Councillor David Westley, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Regeneration, said: “A strong local economy can help make jobs more secure and create new ones, which benefits us all. By joining the LCRCA the Council will be in an even stronger position to promote West Lancashire throughout the wider region as a great place to do business.”