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Knowsley Recognised at National Award Ceremony

by Nicola Appleton

Knowsley Council has been shortlisted in the Driving Growth category at a this year’s LGC awards. The awards is an annual event where excellence in public services is recognised.

This year’s ceremony will take place online on Wednesday 28 October and 21 awards will be awarded at the virtual ceremony.

Knowsley Council is one of nine councils shortlisted in the Driving Growth category – it’s an amazing achievement to get to this stage.

The award focuses on the major role councils play in creating and securing local growth, both in their own right and in partnership.  Knowsley impressed in the areas of delivering infrastructure and housing, supporting local businesses and its role as an employer.

Cllr Tony Brennan Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“I’m very proud that Knowsley has been shortlisted in these prestigious awards. We have very ambitious growth plans for our borough, with many of our projects continuing despite the pandemic. Coming against a backdrop of severe financial challenges due to Government cuts, our unique approach and ambition has enabled the council to deliver these significant achievements and improve the lives of people in the borough”.

Some of the initiatives that led to Knowsley being shortlisted in this category include Prescot’s Shakespeare North Playhouse and Halsnead Garden Village with the potential to deliver approximately 1,600 homes and 22.5 hectares of employment land.  Also contributing was Knowsley’s housing land partnership that helped to almost double its housing target in 2018/19, the culmination of a 167% housing growth rate over the previous five years.