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More shop front improvements begin in Huyton Village Centre

by Gemma Melling

Phase two of Knowsley Council’s shop front improvement scheme on Derby Road in Huyton Village Centre begins next week.

This follows the success of phase one which saw a row of five properties (occupying 67-75 Derby Road) transformed with new signage, lighting and windows and doors replaced.

The next phase includes five properties – Millicans, Bargain Buzz (formerly Bargain Booze), the former Thomas Cook (soon to be Hays Travel), The Coffee House and The Big Help (formerly Greenhalgh’s).  It’s ‘business as usual’ for Bargain Buzz and Millicans whilst the work is underway.

From Monday, 21 October, scaffolding will be going up for the buildings’ transformation to continue. This phase of properties will benefit from building repairs / painting, new doors and windows, new signage and new lighting to enhance the appearance of these buildings.

The shop front improvement scheme was introduced by the council in response to feedback from local residents and visitors who said they wanted the village centre to be more attractive, with the current buildings in need of modernisation.

It is expected that the work will take 12 weeks to complete.

This work is just part of what’s happening in Huyton Village at the moment

The shop front programme is just one of a number of initiatives that have been introduced as part of the council’s development plans for Huyton Village Centre. This includes the popular Huyton Live events (with two further planned dates for 22 November and 20 December), installation of CCTV in the village centre and attracting more businesses into the village centre including the opening of Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant Eton Place, with further businesses due to open over the coming months include El Pueblo (Tapas), The Coffee House and Common.

Huyton Village Centre will also be hosting a new arts project from 21-23 November, transforming an empty shop unit into a ‘lighting spectacular’.  The project, called “The Garish Sun” is a ten minute audio-visual journey, using cutting-edge digital technologies in light and sound. The project takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet “turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image.”

Ambitious plans are coming together

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said “I’m delighted with the transformation of the first phase of shop fronts on Derby Road and look forward to seeing phase two progress.

“The council has ambitious plans for Huyton Village Centre which includes the opening of more businesses over the coming months, more community events taking place in Huyton, public realm improvements and development plans for the former fire station site.

“Plus, there’s even more of a reason to visit Huyton Village Centre as our Christmas light switch on event will take place on Friday, 22 November, coinciding with our next Huyton Live event.”