SCARISBRICK people are being encouraged to give their views on the possibility of plans for a new village centre.
Currently Scarisbrick does not have a shop, doctor’s surgery, dentist, post office or similar facilities.
However, a review of the Parish Plan which was introduced in 2006, would have to be undertaken and amended before any proposals could be considered.
In order to amend the parish plan and West Lancashire Council’s Local Plan, the parish council need to show that they have consulted with the residents of Scarisbrick.
Trevor Rimmer, clerk of Scarisbrick Parish Council, said: “To stand any chance of getting the local plan changed we have to be able to show that the residents are behind the campaign.
“We haven’t got a centre as such because Scarisbrick is certainly the biggest parish in Lancashire and we are trying to create a heart and a centre for the village.”
In fact, Scarisbrick is 32 square miles, was originally five separate hamlets and makes up 23% of the land of West Lancashire.
Charles Lomas, secretary of Scarisbrick’s newsletter Village Matters, said: “I think the consultation process is an excellent initiative. There needs to be extra facilities in the village.
“I think what we need is a shop, post office and cafe where people can meet and socialise. The trouble is, where it is to be sited.
“We have the unusual problem that Scarisbrick have five populations merged into one.”
A questionnaire is being delivered to every house in Scarisbrick with the community magazine Scarisbrick Village Matters.
Residents are being asked to fill in the form which aims to gauge the feeling towards a new parish centre.
The parish council hopes to get as many of these questionnaires back as possible.
Trevor said: “We would really appreciate it if the residents of Scarisbrick could take a few moments to complete the questionnaire and return it in the envelope provided by April 1.”