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St Michael’s Church illuminates key Huyton Village Centre gateway

by Jonathan Kearney

One of Huyton’s most distinctive landmarks will be illuminated after dark following a switch-on event on Wednesday 30 November.

Architectural lighting has been installed at St Michael’s Church on Blue Bell Lane, accentuating the historic features of the Grade II* Listed building.

Floodlights have been installed at the exterior of the Church, which dates back to 14th Century, to sensitively highlight the beauty of the building in the evening.

Knowsley Council has worked closely with the Diocese of Liverpool and the Vicar of St Michael’s to deliver the lighting project.

With an elevated position above Derby Road, St Michael’s Church is regarded as one of the key gateways to Huyton Village Centre.

Enhancing the gateways is part of Huyton’s 10-year development plan. The St Michael’s installation follows the completion of the Archway Road feature lighting project earlier this year.

The lighting projects help promote a safer, more inclusive environment around the Village Centre, in support of a burgeoning evening economy.

There is also the option to change the colour of the lighting on the church to mark significant events.

The switch-on event at the church was attended by Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, members of Knowsley Council’s Cabinet, local councillors, representatives from the church, community organisations and other key stakeholders.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “St Michael’s is a key landmark in Huyton and I think the architectural lighting of the church really accentuates its beauty during the evening. The lighting project highlights the history and importance of St Michael’s to the local area and I know the Council and the church are delighted with the end result. The lighting gives the church the evening presence it rightly deserves and enhances one of the key gateways into the Village Centre.”