Continuing a series of posts from the Liverpool Daily Post’s Changing Face of Ormskirk supplement is this map of Ormskirk Town Centre showing plans for pedestrianisation.
The problems facing Ormskirk are similar to those facing most towns large and small in this country – problems created and aggravated to a large degree by the motor vehicle.
[T]he Ormskirk town centre control map was prepared in 1964. This plan endeavours to retain the character and atmosphere of the existing town whilst encouraging redevelopment and revitalisation of those parts of the central area which are less attractive or in danger of becoming rundown from a business point of view.
The four chief factors which have governed the preparation of the plan are:
- The segregation of pedestrians and vehicles within the shopping centre.
- Circulation of traffic
- Rear servicing
- Adequate car parking facilities.
The article goes on to suggest some of the more outlandish ideas of the time including the M59 running from Bickerstaffe to Preston!