Skelmersdale, located between Wigan and Ormskirk in West Lancashire, was designated a New Town in 1961, designed to house overspill population from the north Merseyside conurbation. Due to the arrival of a large number of former Liverpool residents, the town retains a strong cultural association with Liverpool. The role of Liverpool in the recent history of Skelmersdale cannot be understated, and many do still feel a close connection with the city. Skelmersdale has a population of approximately 38,813. As its name suggests, Skelmersdale is situated on a small valley through which the small River Tawd, a tributary of the River Douglas, runs through. The town was designed to accommodate both plant life and compact housing estates. Even in the town centre there is an unusually large amount of forestation. The large Beacon County Park lies to the west of Skelmersdale, where the iconic Beacon Point lies, along with the golf club. The town borders the village of Upholland to the east, eventually leading into the Wigan area of Greater Manchester, West Lancashire’s administrative centre Ormskirk to the north-west, and Saint Helens to the south. The M58 runs through Skelmersdale. The New Town is the larger eastern half of the town, the Old Town ‘Old Skem’ is the smaller portion to the west.