New opportunities

OVER the last year or so the Liverpool City Region has been successful in obtaining Growth Deal funds for schemes to help businesses.

Alongside this, organisations like the Merseyside Special Investment Fund and the Chamber of Commerce have been successful in obtaining Regional Growth Fund monies for business investment throughout the whole of Merseyside.

But we want to ensure that St Helens benefits. So we’ve created a £500,000 economic regeneration fund – which will help us to unlock this funding. The money will be used for specialist technical advice and will help the council, and our partners, to respond to new opportunities.

One of the fund’s priorities will be supporting a master-planning exercise – involving key stakeholders - on the role and function of the town centre. 

Retail markets are quite obviously changing but I fully believe St Helens has a positive future as long as we recognise the changes and respond appropriately.  The planning work will help us to see what the future might hold.

WE were delighted to see our top seasonal attraction – Summer Beach in the town centre – chosen as the launchpad for a regional campaign aimed at protecting children from exposure to smoking.

‘Smokefree Summer’ will see a series of family-friendly events across Cheshire and Merseyside become smokefree - coinciding with the school summer holidays. The campaign aims to promote healthy community spaces for everyone and protect children by reducing their exposure to smoking behaviour.

Anyone smoking will be politely asked to put their cigarette out or smoke away from the event.

As well as promoting healthy behaviour to children, the smokefree events will also help to reduce litter and reduce the chances of young children picking up and potentially eating toxic cigarette butts.

Demand for smokefree events and spaces, when children are present, is high across Cheshire and Merseyside - with 83 per cent of those questioned in a recent survey across both areas supporting the move. Just five per cent were opposed.

IF you’re looking for a great day out this weekend, don’t forget the annual Newton Town Show at Mesnes Park on Saturday (1 August).

Hosted by the Newton and Earlestown Community Group, the event will be packed full of fantastic attractions for all ages.

Must see events include an appearance by two army attack helicopters and a motorcycle display team, but there will also be funfair rides, birds of prey, arts and crafts, classic cars, zip-lines, samba and brass bands, Segway rallying, the annual, highly-contested Tug o’ War competition and much more besides.

The event opens at 11am and entry is free!


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