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Eccleston Street Public Realm Transformation

by Lisa Bennett

A major upgrade of the public realm on Eccleston Street in Prescot town centre was recently completed.

The improvement work includes new bespoke paving along the full length of Eccleston Street, upgraded street furniture and improved access for pedestrians.

The new paving even contains a subtle reference to the town’s links to William Shakespeare with some quotes from his famous plays printed into the stone.

The work is part of Knowsley Council’s plans to improve transport connections in Prescot town centre, making it a more attractive place for people to visit and spend time and to improve connections between The Shakespeare North Playhouse site and the town centre.

Jack, a local Prescot resident, was invited to lay the final brick to complete the work. Jack became well known to the team carrying out the work as he would stop and talk to them when he visited the town centre. Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council and Cllr Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development met Jack for the milestone brick laying.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Cllr Tony Brennan and local resident Jack, laying the final piece of paving on Eccleston Street, Prescot.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Cllr Tony Brennan and local resident Jack, laying the final piece of paving on Eccleston Street, Prescot.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“It was a pleasure to meet Jack and to have his involvement in this final piece of this major project. It was also amazing to see how different Eccleston Street looks now this work is complete. The new paving, trees and street furniture make the main high street so much more inviting and welcoming.”

The scheme started in Summer 2019 and despite the impact of COVID-19 work has continued with social distancing measures in place. The works have been completed by local contractor Huyton Asphalt Civils Limited and Tarmac Trading Limited.

The Eccleston Street public realm improvement scheme is funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority  the Local Growth Fund as part of the £8 million wider Shakespeare North Rail Interchange scheme. This also includes the Prescot Connectivity Gateway arts project, the illumination of St Mary’s Church, the construction of lift shafts at Prescot railway station, as well as resurfacing the station car park.

Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.

That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.