Knowsley is an area rich with history and with over 100 listed buildings and 15 conservation areas offering statutory protection to these important sites. The criteria threshold for statutory protection is very high which means several locally important assets which positively contribute to the local area are not given the same protection. These places can become lost over time.
In response, the Government has made funding available to 22 Local Authority areas to help develop a list of locally important assets. The Merseyside Local Heritage List, covering Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral borough councils seeks to identify locally significant assets and celebrate their contribution to local identity and character. This is a unique opportunity for residents to nominate important assets, not currently protected but which have significant heritage interest. The kinds of assets that may be considered for local listing include:
- Historic buildings
- Buildings of distinctive architectural or artistic style
- Buildings can be residential, commercial, industrial, militaria, leisure or with a strong presence in the community
- Built features such as; memorials, old boundary walls or bridges in local materials, water pumps, or historic street furniture
From the 21 March until end March 2023, residents can nominate assets via the online tool: Merseyside Local Heritage List. Here you will find lots of help and guidance on the project and more information on the types of assets to nominate.
Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member said:
“We’re delighted to have secured funding for the Merseyside Local heritage List and the opportunity to build on the Council’s existing heritage work in enhancing the historic built environment. Knowsley has a distinct and rich heritage which should be highlighted and celebrated. We believe local communities are in the best position to identify those heritage buildings that positively contribute to our local town and village identities and character and I hope that residents will nominate them for the local list project.”
Locations shown in image (clockwise):
1) Whiston War Memorial in the grounds of the Church of St Nicholas.
2) The Travellers Stone in the grounds of Prescot Registry Office
3) 19-23 Eccleston Street, Prescot