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Huyton development plans moving forward

by Jonathan Kearney

As part of the Council’s ambitious 10 year development plan for Huyton Village Centre, a number of outdated and empty buildings occupying prime locations will make way for new development opportunities.

Already, demolition of the former Venue building on Civic Way is well underway and now plans have been confirmed for the removal of the Yorkon Building, part of the Council’s offices.

This three storey pre-fabricated building is way past its useful life. The building will be removed in sections rather than demolished and then transported off-site to be re-used.

The pandemic has forced organisations to work differently and the Council is no different. Offering a combination of office and home based working, staff who once occupied the Yorkon Building have been relocated to other Council buildings in Huyton when they are office-based.

Once the building has been removed, the site will be ready for development and has been earmarked to be part of the commercial district, with opportunities for a hotel, offices (including the Council’s new HQ) and residential accommodation set around a new Village Green which will incorporate the Cenotaph.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We have ambitious plans for Huyton Village Centre and the proposed commercial district will provide modern and fit-for-purpose facilities and will hopefully be a catalyst for more investment in the area.

“We are continuing to build on the improvements delivered to date, including the Shop Front Improvement Scheme and the growing food and drink offer in the Village Centre.

“This latest phase of work is ensuring that we can accelerate our plans by ensuring a number of prime sites are ready for development.”

Work on the removal of the Yorkon Building is due to start later this month and is scheduled to be completed in early 2022.