MP steps up call for action on derelict former school
WEST Lancs MP Rosie Cooper has written to Lancashire County Council seeking urgent action on the demolition of the derelict Glenburn School buildings, which is expected to cost £1.3m.
The school was closed in July 2016 and since then it has been left to fall down and been plagued by vandalism and arson leaving an unsightly blot on the town centre.
The MP says she has been contacted by many people calling for something to be done about the site which they claim is dangerous.
Ms Cooper said the county council had decided to close the school despite local opposition and added that it was clear the authority had no plans for the site as they wrongly believed it was the responsibility of the Department for Education.
The county council has confirmed that demolition will take place on the site, which was named as a preferred venue for the proposed Skelmersdale rail station earlier this year.
Rosie Cooper believes the clearance will take more than 40 weeks to complete once it gets started and would cost what she termed a “staggering” £1.3m, according to figures supplied by the county council.
She said: “We fought hard to keep Glenburn open but the authorities had other ideas and wanted it closed. We can see they had no clear plan how to move forward once the closure went ahead.
“Skelmersdale is left with unsightly, unkempt and unsecured derelict buildings in the town centre which have been prone to vandalism and arson since the doors shut, a very dangerous situation.
“Lancashire County Council have confirmed it will take more than 40 weeks to complete the demolition works when it starts later this year, and the taxpayer will be footing a massive £1.3m bill for the project.
“Lancashire County Council needs to urgently demolish the school, get the site cleared and the football pitches safely moved so that young people in Skelmersdale can use them.”
The county council has been contacted for comment.