West Lancashire Borough Council is working with neighbouring authorities to improve economic prosperity.
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. The Council has recently joined the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) as an Associate Member to 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.
Councillor David Westley, Leader of the Borough Council and portfolio holder for Regeneration, attended the LCRCA meeting on Friday 23 January 2015, along with Kim Webber, the Council’s Managing Director (Transformation).
The packed agenda looked at a number of issues of importance to businesses in West Lancashire, including the development of a long term freight strategy. Many West Lancashire businesses are involved in logistics so how freight will be moved in the future into and around the City Region, whether it be through the port or by road or rail, will be of interest to them.
Inward investment into the region and investment in skills were other important agenda items with relevance for West Lancashire.
Councillor Westley said: “Our involvement with the LCRCA enables us to have a say on emerging strategies aimed at boosting the local economy with benefits for West Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region. This helps make jobs more secure and creates new ones, which benefits us all.
“It was a very interesting meeting and we have learned a lot already. I am sure our membership will help West Lancashire prosper well into the future.”
Councillor Phil Davies, Chairman of the LCRCA, said: “I was delighted to welcome Cllr David Westley as an associate member to our recent meeting. I am sure he could see the real benefits we are delivering here in the City Region on strategic priority areas such as transport and economic growth. We are making fantastic progress and it’s great that West Lancashire can be involved in this work.”
Taking up associate membership of the LCRCA, which is free to the Council, will enable it to build on its good relationships with neighbouring authorities in Liverpool City Region. Maintaining and improving these links is of vital importance to the local economy, as shown by the recent West Lancashire Economy Study.
West Lancashire Borough Council is also a Corporate Member of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working together to promote key sites such as the G-Park sites in Skelmersdale as part of the Superport initiative, and continues to play an active role in Lancashire.
For more information on the West Lancashire economy please visit local economy.