THE debate about the progress of the multi-million pound town centre redevelopment rages on as MP Rosie Cooper says the lack of progress is “no surprise.”
Last week the Advertiser reported on Tanhouse ward councillor Robert Pendleton who branded the development plans a “joke” and said that the town felt frustrated by the lack of action and clarity.
The West Lancashire MP has added her voice saying the people deserve better.
MP Rosie Cooper said: “I’ve always been clear about Skelmersdale town centre’s regeneration. I fully support it and worked hard to keep it alive. My message to the borough council and St Modwen has been clear as well. They had to get on with delivering the scheme as quickly as possible.
“The lack of progress is no surprise given the borough council’s track record.
“The future of the town centre plans did face two major challenges from the Kirkby town centre plans and the recession. I believe the borough council and St Modwen are running out of time and out of excuses.
“Perhaps it’s time to see if there is someone else willing to put their money where their mouth is. All we’ve heard from the council is ‘watch this space’. I can tell them I’ve been watching and all that’s happened is we’re all seven years older.”
A spokesperson for the council said they have continued to work with St Modwen and HCA to deliver a comprehensive vision: “In December 2012, planning permission was secured for a multi-million pound project to bring a mix of leisure, retail and environmental enhancements.
“The opportunities provided by the planning permission have been marketed to supermarkets and residential operators.
“Once this exercise is complete, the outcome of the process will be announced. It is anticipated this will be in early autumn.