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Take care of our town centres

by Cathy Sheel

With multi-million pounds of investment being ploughed into Knowsley’s town centres – offering more choice for shopping and socialising  – visitors are being urged to play their part in taking care of these new and improved town centres.

With the Christmas festivities fast approaching and an exciting events programme underway, Knowsley’s town centres will see a dramatic increase in the number of visitors in the coming weeks.

More people visiting town centres to shop and socialise is great news for local businesses and to ensure everyone enjoys their visit, Knowsley Council is encouraging people to:

Consider others – continue to keep a safe distance from others when out and about and particularly in crowded places and try to avoid queues by shopping at off-peak times. While the wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory in enclosed spaces, you may feel safer wearing a mask in busy shops to protect yourself and others.

Don’t drop litter – littering is a blight on our environment and is costly to clear up, so please keep our town centres clean and use the many litter bins provided to dispose of your waste. Remember anyone caught littering will receive a £150 fine. Please be particularly careful not to drop food or other items that could attract additional town centre visitors like rats and pigeons. You can report littering or fly tipping online at www.knowsley.gov.uk or email environmental.health@knowsley.gov.uk

Report any instances of anti-social social behaviour or crime:  Try to make a note of when and where these incidents are happening, making sure you include any descriptions of people or vehicles involved. You can report all non-emergencies to Merseyside Police by ringing 101 (In an emergency always call 99) and also report online – https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ – or speak in confidence with the crime and communities team by emailing safer.knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We are delivering multi-million-pound investments in our town centres – helping to bring in new businesses and creating really enjoyable places for our communities to enjoy. Now that we have these new facilities we all need to work together to ensure our town centres continue to thrive – and are welcoming places where residents feel safe and secure.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods added: “We know our town centres have so much to offer and are great places to visit – especially at this time of year. But we all have a part to play in helping to make our town centres safe and welcoming places, so I’d encourage everyone to take these simple steps to keep themselves, and others, safe and be vigilant and report any instances of anti-social behaviour or crime.”