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Prescot to benefit from share of £95m fund

by Gemma Melling

Prescot is one of 69 high streets across the country to benefit from a £95m funding boost through Historic England’s successful Heritage Action Zone initiative.

Prescot is already undergoing a major transformation with buildings being restored thanks to the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative, work has commenced on the Shakespeare North Playhouse, improvement work is planned for Prescot train station and many bars and restaurants have opened or planning to open, helping to create an evening economy in the town.

It is further good news for the town, after it was named the winner of a national competition to fund £10,000 worth of Christmas lights earlier this month.

Four-year push to revitalise high streets

High streets bring people together as places to shop, run businesses and feel part of the local community.  Prescot is now set to benefit from the £95m fund which will create 69 new High Street Heritage Action Zones overseen by Historic England.

The selected projects will now work with Historic England to develop plans to revive their high street over a four year programme.

Working with local councils and communities, Historic England will deliver physical improvements and cultural activities to regenerate these high streets and restore local historic character.

Fantastic news for Prescot

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “This is fantastic news for Prescot. We want our town centres to be thriving and offer something for everyone. By everyone working together, we can achieve more and I look forward to seeing the plans develop, working in partnership with businesses, the community and Historic England.”

The initiative will be funded by combining £40 million from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund with £52 million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund. £3 million will be provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.