Knowsley Council’s Cabinet has tonight endorsed a number of investment proposals, which will now be considered at Council on 6 March 2019.
Almost £5m of investment is being proposed to tackle a number of issues raised by local residents.
What is being proposed?
The investment being proposed by Cabinet includes:
£1.2m to tackle anti-social behaviour with plans to establish a dedicated, multi-agency local response team.
This will complement existing arrangements that are in place in Knowsley and will include representatives from the council, Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service, working alongside key partners from Villages Housing and Knowsley Housing Trust.
The new team will enhance existing multi-agency working to address anti-social behaviour in Knowsley.
In addition, the investment will be used to purchase mobile CCTV cameras to address fly tipping issues, helping to identify and prosecute offenders. There is also investment to work with existing property owners and tenants in Reeds Court, Huyton with the aim of demolishing the building to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area. Plans to redevelop the land will then be brought forward.
£2.5m to support existing businesses to expand in the borough and create local jobs.
This funding will also be used to buy empty or obsolete properties to help to accelerate development in the borough.
This will include the purchase of land in Huyton Village Centre to help progress its re-development.
Investment is also included to ensure the expansion of Whiston Cemetery to help provide greater capacity for burials as well as supporting the Halsnead Garden Village development.
More than £600,000 of investment is proposed to support educational outcomes for children and young people by improving the identification and assessment of special educational needs.
The investment will also fund the establishment of an education provision within the borough for learners aged 19 and above with special educational needs and / or disabilities – and this will be developed in partnership with parents and carers.
Investment is also included to redesign Knowsley’s school improvement service so that the council can continue to do everything within its own limited powers to help the education system to improve outcomes for local children.
£363,000 is proposed to ensure that the current level of leisure services across the borough continue without the need to reduce opening hours.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said:
“Despite financially challenging times, it is important that we prioritise our budget to address the key issues impacting on our local communities.
“Addressing anti-social behaviour, improving educational outcomes for our children and young people as well as accelerating investment and growth in our borough are all key priorities for the council, our local residents and businesses, so I’m delighted that we have put together an investment package which would address these issues which will now be considered at Council on 6 March 2019.”