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POSITIVE RECEPTION FOR TOWN CENTRE PROPOSALS

More than 100 people attended public consultation events in Skelmersdale last week to share their views on proposals for a new £20 million town centre development.

The public exhibition, which will remain on display at Skelmersdale library until Friday 20th April, was hosted by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen to gain feedback on its plans for a major investment in Skelmersdale.

The plans, devised in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council (WLBC) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), include a new five-screen cinema, 26,000 sq. ft. of new restaurants and shops, a food store with associated parking and a petrol filling and dramatically improved and extended public spaces.

St. Modwen is continuing to gather written feedback via the exhibitions and the dedicated consultation website, www.skelmersdalevision.com, with the vast majority of respondents stating they are in favour of the proposals.

Michelle Taylor, regional director at St. Modwen, said: “The public exhibitions have been a very encouraging start to the consultation process. We are delighted at how positive the feedback so far has been and we’ve gained valuable insights into what people think of the scheme and what they feel is missing from Skelmersdale at the moment.

“I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet looked at the plans to visit the exhibition at the library or log on to the website before 20th April and leave their feedback. Once all of the feedback has been analysed we intend to submit a final planning application before the end of May and we look forward to announcing further details of this in due course.” 

The plans can be viewed and feedback left at the exhibition at Skelmersdale library or via the dedicated consultation website www.skelmersdalevision.com until Friday 20th April.