Knowsley Council has committed to investing £118.95m in capital projects over the next three years – helping to build a stronger, healthier Knowsley following the coronavirus pandemic.
The Council’s Capital Programme, which was approved by Cabinet on Wednesday 7 October, includes a £61.185m planned spend for 2020/21.
The investment includes the regeneration of Kirkby, Huyton and Prescot town centres.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “This investment will improve job prospects and help attract businesses and visitors to our town centres and across the borough. The Council will do everything it can to help the borough recover from the coronavirus pandemic, investing in its future and helping to build a stronger, healthier Knowsley with a prosperous local economy.”
This year’s Capital Programme includes the continued regeneration of Huyton Village Centre, which includes continued investment in shop frontages and the public realm.
Kirkby’s major new retail development and associated traffic improvement works has also continued to progress despite the period of lockdown and economic uncertainty nationally.
The investment will also be used to support major projects such as Shakespeare North Playhouse, while the Council has committed £2.7m for the Prescot High Streets Heritage Action Zone.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “It is vital we support the borough through this pandemic and this financial commitment will support the development of local jobs and local businesses. The projects we are supporting will significantly improve our town centres and will help attract further investment across the borough with the aim of more people choosing to visit, work, live or invest in Knowsley.”