Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
He added: "While this is a joyful time for many of us, I would ask people in West Lancashire to spare a thought for those who may need a helping hand over the festive period.
"2019 has been an important year for the Council as we have implemented a new operating model and I would like to thank Council staff for their professionalism and continued hard work for the people of the borough.
"This year has seen the completion of two great housing schemes, one at Walmsley Drive, Ormskirk and Beechtrees in Skelmersdale. The Walmsley Drive scheme was shortlisted for a national award, and the Beechtrees homes really enhanced the appearance of the area.
"We have also made significant progress on our proposals for new leisure and wellbeing hubs in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. Work will continue on these projects throughout 2020.
"Each year the Council organises major events for local people to enjoy and to bring people into the borough. In 2019 the Green Fayre, Ormskirk MotorFest and the Ormskirk Christmas of Tales and Festive Lights Switch on were a huge success with MotorFest in particular attracting record crowds.
"With the new year about to begin I am really excited about the beginning of the new town centre for Skelmersdale, with building work scheduled to start on site in January. This is an incredibly important project, not just for Skelmersdale but for the whole of West Lancashire.
"2020 also sees a number of key developments moving ahead in Ormskirk town centre, including upgrading the pedestrianised area of Moor Street, which will allow for an extension of the historic twice weekly market.
"There is also the development and re-awakening of Wheatsheaf Walk as a public square, which vastly improves an important link between one of the main carparks and the town centre. This will positively impact the surrounding retailers, as well as the overall aesthetics of the town.
"These are just some of the exciting things we have to look forward to in the future as the Council continues to be ambitious for the borough, ambitious for its people, businesses and places and continue to strive towards achieving the goals in the Council Plan."