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Chair appointed for the Town Board in Kirkby

Chair appointed for Town Board in Kirkby

by Gemma Melling

Max Steinberg CBE DL has been appointed to serve as the Chair of a new “Town Board” for Kirkby.

On 30 September 2023, the Government announced that it would allocate £20m to Kirkby from its Long-Term Plan for Towns Fund – described as “levelling up in action” – for investment in key priorities over the next 10 years.

The Government also announced that each place given such funding would need to take certain practical steps in order to be able to access the funding, including setting up a “Town Board”.  The Government guidance was not released until 2024 and Knowsley Council is now taking steps to ensure that Kirkby receives the money which has been promised.

As well as establishing a Town Board, Kirkby must develop a Long-Term Plan by working closely with local people to set out a vision for Kirkby and priorities for investment.

As a first step to setting up the new Board, the Council has appointed a well-known regional business leader who is able to take an impartial approach.

Max Steinberg has extensive experience across regeneration, business, innovation and industry.

More recently, has been a supporter and key driver for the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and is currently the Chair of the Shakespeare North Trust.  He is also Chair of The Walton Centre Foundation Trust Hospital Board.

He was awarded an OBE in 1997 for services to Housing and Regeneration in Merseyside and a CBE for services to Business and the Community in 2013.

Max will now work with Knowsley Council, as the accountable body for the funding, to set up and recruit the other members of the new Kirkby Town Board.

Max said, “I’m delighted to take up the role as Chair of the Town Board in Kirkby.

“Kirkby has been undergoing significant transformation over the last few years and I’m excited to help to deliver the next steps in its development.

“Once established, the Board will be working with the local community to decide on local priorities and what is best for their local area – both now and in the future.

“This really is an exciting time for Kirkby and I look forward to local people supporting us  to help to shape the future of the town.”