Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Ormskirk Eastern Gateway project consultation - We are listening

Ensuring our town centres are thriving hubs for our communities is one of our top priorities.  Major developments like the Skelmersdale Town Centre Project, which is now underway, are key to helping us achieve that.

The Eastern Gateway Project in Ormskirk is also an important part of our ambitions to make West Lancashire the happy and prosperous place our residents deserve.

In partnership with Lancashire County Council, we have created a plan to improve the Bus Station area of Ormskirk that includes a new, fit-for-purpose building with public toilets and facilities for drivers as well as new shelters at each of the stops. Improvements to the road system and better connected and accessible cycle lanes and footpaths are also included.

We believe the project will make this area even better for the people who live, visit, shop and work in Ormskirk as well as making the area more attractive and improving accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

We also believe this project will assist with our commitment to support the delivery of a new cycle infrastructure to help reduce carbon emissions and support the shift towards sustainable means of transport and to improve health.

What's also really important is what you, the people who live and work in the Borough, think about the plans. That's why we opened up a public consultation to give you the opportunity to voice your opinions on how those plans meet the schemes objectives and we're grateful to everyone who took the time to give us their feedback.

Councillor David Evans, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said, "Although the majority of people see the improvements as a positive, there's some concerns too, around things like the new road layout, the removal of planters and the provision of refuse bins. We've listened to these comments and we will make sure these concerns continue to be considered as we move forward.

"That's why we approved the plans at our Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 9 March, and agreed to continue to work with Lancashire County Council to improve them, taking on board the feedback given by you through the consultation."

The scheme in its current form is dependent on additional funding from Lancashire County Council, but if we don't recieve the additional funding we will work with Lancashire County Council on plans to revise the scheme and all of the feedback we've received from you will be carried forward through the planning process.

We very much share the passion of our communities for West Lancashire and are very grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation.

please note - This was agreed at Cabinet on 9 March and may be subject to call in from members of the Executive Overview and Scrutiny Committee.