AS our pictures show, work has been pressing ahead on the new Skelmersdale town centre and its anchor stores Lidl and B&M Bargains.
Work got underway in the New Year and diggers have been clearing the way for building work to start.
The steel frames of the new retail units will begin to appear behind the wooden hoardings from late spring to early summer 2021.
At the end of last year, West Lancashire Borough Council stated the plan was that the development would be operational from Easter 2022.
The redevelopment scheme is a partnership between the Borough Council and developer St Modwen and has been supported by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership.
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Another retail unit will also be constructed to house a further business over time while a new play area is to be created in Tawd Valley Park. There will be a new high street to link West Lancashire College and the rest of the town centre.
Alex Jaques, development director at St. Modwen, said: “All the partners have been working really hard on this project and we are very pleased that construction work is underway.”
The regeneration of Skelmersdale was given a further boost at the end of March after the council was awarded £285,000 of funding from the Lancashire Economic Recovery and Growth Fund.
The council has commented there is a planning consent for a cinema outside the Concourse, but there will now be no need to pursue this as the Concourse Shopping Centre is delivering its scheme.