WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received written confirmation that Lancashire County Council have acquired the site of the former West Lancashire College buildings on Yewdale – and have begun demolition.
After years of lying derelict and following recent arson attacks, Ms Cooper stepped up her pressure on Lancashire County Council to secure the buildings and have them taken down as soon as possible.
She said that Lancashire County Council Chief Executive Angie Ridgwell has confirmed acquisition of the site from West Lancashire College parent group NCG this month and that demolition is under way.
Ms Cooper said: “I have been calling on the former building owners NCG and Lancashire County Council to ensure the demolition of these buildings for some time, once it was apparent they would never be brought back into use.
“These derelict buildings have been an eyesore for local residents, but more concerning was their attraction to trespassers and arsonists, posing a real threat to Skelmersdale residents.
“I have been in regular communications with Lancashire County Council Chief Executive and am pleased to receive the confirmation that the demolition contract was signed and commenced on November 2.
“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.”