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Works progress on Halsnead Garden Village community facilities

by Jonathan Kearney

Improvement works are continuing to progress at a number of key community facilities as part of the Halsnead Garden Village development.

Mellors Pond is to benefit from 15 new fully accessible fishing pegs and levelling works around the pond.

The improvement works will also see the creation of new areas of wetland habitat and tree planting around the Mellors Pond, along with water quality improvements.

The enhancements will improve the climate change resilience of the site through better drainage and increasing biodiversity through habitat management and creation.

The facility will be closed to the public for around 12 weeks from the week commencing 4 September while improvement works are undertaken at the site.

Joseph Rittenburg, Chair of the Mellors Angling Association said: “We are really excited by the improvements taking place at Mellors Pond. The work being delivered will benefit all users and make Mellors Pond more accessible to everyone. Not only will it look a lot more attractive it will make it a lot more sustainable for the future.”

Whiston Juniors

Improvement works are also progressing at neighbouring Whiston Juniors – another community facility linked to Halsnead Garden Village.

The club is benefitting from around £1m of investment from Knowsley Council, which will include new changing facilities, improved playing pitches and a new sports pavilion at the facility on Windy Arbor Road.

A new car park, which will provide 35 car parking spaces, 3 disabled parking bays, 2 minibus parking spaces and bicycle parking facilities in line with recommended Football Association standards is scheduled for completion in September 2023.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Green and open spaces will be at the heart of the Halsnead Garden Village development. Improved community facilities, such as at Mellors Pond and Whiston Juniors, will also provide a major benefit to new and existing residents.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Recreational facilities and high-quality outdoor space will be integral to life at Halsnead Garden Village and there for everyone in the local area to enjoy and benefit from. Existing community facilities will benefit from major enhancements. It’s fantastic to see work progressing.”

You can find more information about the development at www.halsneadgardenvillage.co.uk