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Have your say on Public Art Trail in Huyton

by Guy Murphy

There’s still time for your to help to develop a new public art trail in Huyton Village Centre.

Knowsley Council has teamed up with Artist Martin Heron to develop a unique public art trail in Huyton as part of the Council’s Public Art Strategy and the regeneration of the village.

Already Huyton has benefitted from 14 shop fronts having a contemporary makeover, which has also led to an emerging food and drink night-time economy, key sites are primed and ready for development, a lighting project has illuminated key gateways at Archway Road Bridge and St Michael’s Church, CCTV has been enhanced and improvements including lighting installed and general maintenance works have been carried out at the multi-storey car park.

This latest artwork will be installed from Huyton train station and through the village centre, along Derby Road, providing a warm welcome to all visitors, celebrating the area’s rich heritage which incorporates the views and experiences of local people.

Martin would like to hear from local people who live, work and visit Huyton Village Centre in order to create a bespoke public art trail in the town, which will bring local history and heritage to life.

You can share your views online by completing a short survey. You can access the survey here. The closing date for comments is Friday 3 November 2023.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Huyton Village Centre is currently undergoing a transformation which has seen the establishment of a popular night-time economy as well as a number of shop fronts benefitting from a contemporary makeover.

“One of the next phases of work will see the creation of public art in the Village Centre which  is inspired by heritage and stories from local people.

“I look forward to people who live, work or visit Huyton to share their views about the area – the past, the present and the future – in order that we can develop something truly inspirational and unique for the area.”

The artworks will be funded from the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Knowsley Council.

The consultation findings will be used to shape the artwork trail and the installation of the artwork will take place next year.