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Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regneration and Economic Development (left centre) and Cllr Tommy Rowe (right centre) local ward member, on the site of the Tower Hill park

Council to push on with creation of public park in Tower Hill

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council is pleased to confirm that plans to create a new public park in Tower Hill, Kirkby will now be progressed. The £1 million project will bring a range of improvements and benefits for residents and the wider community.

Plans include the introduction of a new path network, improved lighting, new entrance features, seating, signage and boundary fencing alongside extensive tree planting and landscaping across the site.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“The plans for public open space in Tower Hill were agreed as part of the initial planning application and were an important part of the improvements and development taking place in the area. Unfortunately, Countryside Properties, who initially agreed to carry out this work, were unable to progress with these plans within the timescales we hoped. Therefore, we have been proactively working with them to find a solution that would allow us to push on with this scheme and really make the meaningful improvements we want to in the area.

I am delighted that we have now had the land transferred back to us from Countryside and been able to assemble a range of funding streams to really boost this project.”

Knowsley Council is delivering improved greenspace and walking and cycle provision at Tower Hill and St Kevin’s open space as part of the £80m Headbolt Lane Station project.

Countryside Properties has now transferred the land required for these improvements back to the Council along with a financial contribution towards the project. With funding already secured as part of the enabling works at the nearby Headbolt Lane Train Station the Council has also harnessed an additional grant from DEFRA’s Levelling Up Parks fund and is utilising previously set aside funding, agreed with the developer.

The outcome is just over £1 million of investment being ploughed into Tower Hill for the benefit of current and future residents. The investment includes the following:

  • £0.301m paid by Countryside to the Council to complete the necessary public open space creation works
  • £0.085m from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Levelling Up Parks Fund
  • £0.617m from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority linked to the Headbolt Lane Train Station Enabling Works Programme
  • £0.013m from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Initial work on site is scheduled to commence from 13 March 2023, with the initial phase of works to be completed by the end of September 2023.

For enquiries please contact the Environmental Sustainability Service on 0151 443 3682 or via enquiries.ess@knowsley.gov.uk.