The Government’s High Streets Task Force visited Huyton Village Centre yesterday (Wednesday, 11 March 2020).
As part of an ‘unlocking place potential’ visit, the Task Force team reviewed the council’s plans for the village centre. They also provided challenge and will share advice to help the council further strengthen their redevelopment and investment plans. The Task Force were represented by two ‘high street experts’ – Dr Steve Millington and Sonia Cubrilo, from the Institute of Place Management, based at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The team had a tour around the village centre, seeing how the shop front improvement scheme has transformed a number of premises, and helped secure investment with new businesses that have opened their doors. The team took the opportunity to meet with a small group of local traders including staff from The Coffee House, Rogues and Rascals, Joe’s stall and Golden Craft, hosted at The Coffee House who opened their latest outlet in the village centre just four months’ ago.
The team heard about why the traders chose Huyton as their base, the range of support available through the council and The Coffee House also shared the support provided in recruiting local people into key roles within their business.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I look forward to hearing about the team’s recommendations with a view to us reviewing our plans again for Huyton Village Centre taking on board their feedback. I want all of our town centres to be vibrant and thriving and having the High Street Task Force experts here will certainly help us to enhance our plans even further, with a view to securing funding in the future to help us deliver those plans.”
The visit forms part of a 12 month pilot programme which saw 14 town centre from across England selected in January 2020 to work with the newly created High Street Task to develop ambitious proposals for their place.