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Have your say on Halewood green space improvements

by Jonathan Kearney

Halewood residents and visitors are invited to have their say on proposed green space improvements in the town.

Halewood is to benefit from over £30m worth of investment in the coming years, with improvements to green space being a key feature of the plans.

This includes up to £1m allocated for improvements to Finch Woods – a community woodland off Bailey’s Lane – which will be funded by S106 developer contributions from the East of Halewood development.

A public consultation has now been launched for people to have their say on proposals for improvements to the green space at Finch Woods, Goddard Green and Court Farm Woods.

You can take part in the consultation online or at one of the in-person consultation events on the following dates:

  • Thursday 13 July – 4pm – 6pm St Marks Parochial Hall, L26 0UG
  • Tuesday 18 July – 6pm – 8pm Volair Halewood, L26 0TY
  • Thursday 20 July – 4pm – 6pm St Nicholas’ Centre, L26 6LB
  • Tuesday 25 July – 11am – 1pm Goddard Green, L26 6BJ
  • Thursday 27 July  – 4pm-6pm St Marks Parochial Hall, L26 0UG
  • Saturday 29 July – 11am – 1pm Goddard Green, L26 6BJ
  • Tuesday 8 August  – 6pm- 8pm Volair Halewood, L26 0TY

Finch Woods

As part of the proposed improvement works Finch Woods will be transformed into a high-quality woodland park, increasing in size by approximately 50%.

A number of improvements will take place including the establishment of an extensive network of accessible paths and walkways and the creation of a new woodland play facility for the area.

There will also be major habitat improvement works to the woodlands, ponds and meadowlands, as well as creation of new pond and wetland features that will support flood resilience in the area. The site will become a key hub for biodiversity and access to the natural environment.

Goddard Green

Knowsley Council want to consult with residents on what features and developments they would like to see within the space. This will help inform a masterplan for the site. Residents will be consulted on more detailed plans later in the year.

Court Farm Woods

Court Farm Woods is one of Knowsley’s Green Flag parks. The Council is seeking the views of residents about the park which, will help develop the current masterplan and activity programme for the site.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Access to green space and children’s play areas were among the top priorities for people who completed the public consultation on the development of Halewood district centre at the end of last year. These proposals will be breathe new life into Halewood’s green spaces, making them more usable spaces for everyone to enjoy and I would encourage all residents to get involved and share their views about the future of green spaces in the town.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Residents and visitors can look forward to enhanced and expanded green spaces in Halewood, which will be more accessible to everyone and more user friendly. We’re keen to hear people’s views about what they would like to see in their green spaces and I’d encourage as many people as possibly to take part in this consultation.

The public consultation is open until Friday 11 August 2023. Find out more information on the Knowsley Council website.