At today’s Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting (24 July), the council’s bid to the Combined Authority’s £6m Town Centre fund was approved.
The bid, for £1m, is earmarked to support the revitalisation of Huyton Village Centre and Prescot town centre. The council is already progressing with plans to buy St Modwen’s assets in Kirkby town centre (following the Cabinet giving the green light to proceed with the deal last week), which will kick-start the regeneration in Kirkby once the legal agreements have been signed.
The council has ambitious plans for all of its town centres, ensuring they become thriving, attractive destinations for local residents, businesses and visitors.
Prescot is fast establishing an evening economy, with plans to further enhance this offer, with new cultural and leisure facilities and events driven by the independent sector.
Huyton Village Centre is currently undergoing a transformation with plans to strengthen the programme of events, more premises to benefit from the shop front improvement programme and developing and improving the visitor and evening economy offer.
In addition, the council is exploring the possibility of developing a business support programme focussed on the needs of businesses located in Prescot town centre and Huyton village centre.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said
“Our high streets were once the beating heart of our communities. But with the rise of new technologies and changing customer habits – they face a stark choice: modernisation or further decline. That is why we have introduced this £6 million fund – to reimagine and reshape what our town centres look like in the 21st century. By working with our local authorities we can take action to ensure they thrive over the next 20 years.”
“We must ensure that every part of our region prospers – and that is why we’ve ensured each borough receives exactly the same amount from this fund.”
Councillor Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, added
“I’m delighted that we have secured extra resources from the Town Centre fund. Developing our town centres is a key priority for this Council. We have just agreed a deal to buy Kirkby town centre in order to be in control and kick-start development there. Our plans for both Huyton and Prescot are progressing well but we have high ambitions for all of our town centres to be thriving for residents, businesses and visitors alike. This funding will support us to deliver on these ambitions.”