Friday, August 09, 2019

Your chance to comment on exciting plans for Ormskirk town centre

Have your say on West Lancashire Borough Council's exciting plans to improve Moor Street and Wheatsheaf Walks to help make Ormskirk look even more attractive for residents and visitors.

The Council is running an online consultation on the proposals until 27 August and the public, affected businesses and other stakeholders to give comments can give your views at https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/ormskirkimprovements.

You can also come to a consultation event at the former Timpson shop on Burscough Street, on 22 August between 12.30am and 4.30pm, where you can speak to Council officers about the schemes.

Works proposed for Moor Street would complement previous schemes carried out on this important gateway into the town. New paving and seating is planned for the Railway Road end of the street to match that installed on the rest of the pedestrianised area. Street furniture will also be re-configured to allow more room for stalls for the ever popular Ormskirk Market which takes place every Thursday and Saturday.

Proposals for Wheatsheaf Walks would make the complex's paved and seating space more welcoming and provide better access for disabled people. The existing paving will require significant maintenance or replacement over the coming years and whilst looking at this officers believed there was an opportunity to deliver further improvements to the space. One suggestion for this scheme retains the pagoda structure while the other would see it removed and this may give a more open feel to the area, greater visibility to the shops and help make it a much more useable space.

Paving would be laid to match that on Moor Street and make the area more attractive. New seating and lighting is also proposed to make the place comfortable for shoppers and visitors to take a break there.

Costs for both the Wheatsheaf Walks options are very similar regardless of whether the pagoda is retained or removed as the new paving accounts for a significant element of the proposed cost and this is the same for both proposals.

Site construction works on the schemes selected is expected to start early in 2020 subject to all necessary scheme design/approval and procurement details being satisfactorily completed in advance of this timeframe.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, said: "I would urge everyone to give their views on these two important schemes that will make a big difference to Ormskirk town centre and help make it more attractive to shoppers, visitors and residents.

"These projects show how West Lancashire Borough Council is ambitious for the Borough's economy. They will also help to meet the aims of the Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy the Council is delivering with partners in the Town Centre Management Group to ensure Ormskirk has an even brighter and more successful future."

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