Tory Councillor Paul Wharton has warned the Lancashire County Council that they need to stop squandering money, after spending a reported £1 million digging up the old IKEA site.
The enormous Cuerden spot has been left derelict since IKEA decided to abandon plans of placing a flagship store on the development site.
Now in the attempt to attract new businesses to use the space, the County Council is paying to have the site prepared for building to start.
Wharton, the representative for Farington East on South Ribble Council, has said, ‘it’s shocking to hear the vast amount of public money wasted by the county council in my ward at a time when my residents are being told road safety measures won’t be implemented due to lack of funds, and roads desperately in need of resurfacing can’t be done due to no money in the pot.’
The County Council has responded by explaining, ‘the preparatory work was temporarily stopped while we took stock of the IKEA decision. However later this month, the county council will be recommencing work to protect and weather-proof the temporary roads and drainage on-site so that new work can start again as soon as the way forward has been agreed.’
The Spokesman also said, ‘Our firm intention is that this site will be developed and we are working with our partners including Eric Wright and Brookhouse, to develop the best options now IKEA is no longer involved.’