Former Westbank college eyesore set to be demolished in the coming weeks!

Former Westbank college eyesore set to be demolished in the coming weeks!

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

AFTER years of complaints that the former West Lancashire College buildings are an eyesore, the site could finally be demolished in the coming weeks.

The former Westbank campus site in the centre of Skelmersdale, has been repeatedly vandalised since its closure in 2011.

There have been a number of calls to tear down the buildings, with local residents complaining the site ‘resembles a war zone’.

But following talks with both West Lancashire College and Lancashire Council Council, demolition works could be on the horizon.

Lancashire County Council are acquiring the buildings and officers are  finalising all elements of the purchase and  the demolition contract, which will commence this autumn.  

The news was welcomed by West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper, who said: “Local residents  have often raised concerns with me  that these buildings appear to be left insecure and members of the public can freely gain access. 

“Others have been disappointed at having to put up with the eyesore of a derelict building.  

“I am pleased that LCC  are finalising the transfer of these buildings with a view to immediate  demolition, and  expect this work to start in the coming weeks. 

“The wider site has already been earmarked for the future Skelmersdale train station so getting this clearance work done now will  ensure  this doesn’t cause any delay.”  

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