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Have your say on future of Halewood’s district centre

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has launched a public consultation today (Friday 25 November) to seek the views of residents, businesses and visitors on the potential to expand Halewood’s retail offer.

Earlier this year residents across the borough were invited to help shape the Knowsley Offer – asking people what they want to see in their local area, including support, facilities and services.

There was an excellent response to the Knowsley Offer survey, particularly from Halewood residents.

Halewood residents, businesses and visitors are now being invited to share their views on what makes a good district centre and you can have your say online here up until 16 December.

Council officers will also be attending local events including regular scheduled events at Halewood Library such as Knit and Natter, Art Group, Monthly reading Group, Twinkle Twinkle at New Hutte Community Centre and various warm hubs across the area. The Team will also be at Halewood Shopping Centre on Saturday 3 December from 10am until 12pm, offering people the chance to have their say in person. For more information on the events please email Major.Developments@knowsley.gov.uk

Knowsley Council is investing in infrastructure improvements in Halewood and has secured significant financial contributions from the house builders involved in the East of Halewood development, which will deliver more than 1,300 new 2,3,4, and 5 bedroom properties – almost a quarter of which will be affordable homes.

The investment includes:

  • Up to £4.6 million to create new primary school places, of which £3.7m will be invested in Plantation Primary. This will return the school to a three-form entry and deliver 210 school places by 2025.
  • Up to £4.4 million on improvements to local roads and transport links.
  • Up to £1.1 million on outdoor sports.
  • Up to £1.1 million on early years childcare.
  • Up to £1 million on improvements to Finch Woods.
  • Up to £1 million on subsidising a bus service through the site.
  • Up to £104,000 on improving local healthcare.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We want to hear residents’ views on what they think makes a great district centre and the potential to expand Halewood’s retail offer and other improvements to the district centre. We want residents to help shape how an expanded district centre might look and how it might benefit them so we can shape any future plans to present to the public.”