There has been some media coverage suggesting that the Government has allocated funding to Knowsley Council to enable the redevelopment of Huyton Village Centre. Unfortunately, at this stage, no such funding has been allocated.
The Government announced on 31 December 2019 that Huyton Village Centre is to be included in a pilot arrangement, whereby a “High Streets Task Force” would provide support, expert advice and independent challenge on the borough’s plans for the redevelopment of the Village Centre. This work is expected to be undertaken over the next six months.
At the same time, the Government also announced that Huyton Village Centre would be added to the list of more than 100 other town centres across the country which will be allowed to put forward detailed bids for funding of up to £25m. At this stage, there is no allocation of any funding or indeed any guarantee of any future funding for Huyton Village Centre – the council is simply entitled to bid, alongside a large number of other places.
Clearly, it is better to be on the list than not on it, but the council has not received any funding yet nor any guarantees of any future funding coming our way – it does, however, have an opportunity to develop its plans further and seek Government funding to deliver them in due course.
Full public consultation will be undertaken on the plans for Huyton Village Centre as they are developed with updates posted here on Knowsley News.