As 2018 comes to a close, we have a seasonal update from the Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan:
We are now just a week away from Christmas and I’m sure I’m not the only one reflecting on how fast time flies.
The glorious summer we enjoyed this year doesn’t feel all that long ago, but nonetheless the festive feeling is certainly here in Knowsley, thanks to the numerous events and celebrations we’ve enjoyed in the past few weeks.
Christmas lights have been switched on in Huyton, Kirkby and Prescot town centres, thanks to partnerships with local organisations and groups – Knowsley Housing Trust and Suez Recycling & Recovery in Huyton; St Modwen in Kirkby and the Town Council in Prescot. Once again, we’ve also been able to offer free car parking for shoppers on Saturdays in December and on Christmas Eve. There have also been some really exciting town centre events, with the last Foodie Friday of the year still to come in Huyton this week, packed with seasonal cheer, good food and entertainment for all the family.
It has been an eventful last few months of 2018, with several high profile events including the Knowsley Business Awards, which celebrated the success of individuals and organisations from across the borough. Several of our schools were also winners at the regional Educate Awards, which celebrate excellence in education, which is a fantastic achievement.
As we look ahead to New Year I’m really pleased that we can do so having successfully set a balanced budget for 2019/20. Given the financial challenges the borough continues to face, is a real achievement and one which puts us in the strongest possible position as we look ahead. We also finished the year on a high in terms of children’s services, having recently been judged to have made even more improvement by Ofsted, which is a great endorsement of the work we have been doing.
Of course there is still much to do and 2019 is certainly shaping up to be an exciting one for the borough. We’ll see major developments including Halsnead Garden Village, Earlsfield Park, the redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre, and of course Shakespeare North Playhouse move forward – all of which are helping to make our borough even better in the future.
For now, I would like to wish everyone in Knowsley a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Don’t forget advice, essential information and details of what’s on over the festive period are all available here on Knowsley News online.