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West Lancashire urged to give views on development

Moor Street and Ormskirk Town centre set for £700,000 project

County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, and Councillor Martin Forshaw, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development, with the plans for Moor Street

Businesses, market traders and residents are being invited to give their views on a major scheme to improve Ormskirk town centre.

West Lancashire Borough Council in partnership with Lancashire County Council have come up with a variety of proposals to make the area more attractive and and more appealing to visit, shop and do business.

The Councils are keen to hear what people have to say about the scheme. A public consultation is running until July 27, and everyone is invited to give their views.

Proposals as part of the £700,000 project include a new square on Moor Street where a regular series of events could be organised.

The scheme also includes proposals to completely resurface Moor Street, with new paving complementing that used in nearby Aughton Street and Church Street. Brand new seats, street lights, litter bins and tree planting would be provided with a new layout to accommodate the Moor Street market stalls.

Restrictions on vehicular access to Moor Street, Burscough Street, Aughton Street and Church Street would also be strengthened between 10am and 4pm.

The consultation is also looking for people’s views on cycling in the town centre, particularly Moor Street, Church Street, Burscough Street and Aughton Street.

Information about the scheme is available on the West Lancashire Borough Council website where people can find a questionnaire.

West Lancashire Borough Council is investing £265,000 in the scheme, plus an additional £40,000 from the High Street Innovation Fund. Lancashire County Council will provide £389,000 funding.

Councillor Martin Forshaw, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development, said: “A lot of people have already given their views which we are very pleased about but we want to hear from many more. “This is a very exciting scheme which aims to build on the historic character of Ormskirk and improve one of the town centre’s busiest streets.”

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