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Article date - 21 March 2019
One Public Estate is a Government funding scheme set up to support councils on projects that can transform local communities and public services across the country.
£90,000 has been granted to St Helens Council to fund detailed feasibility studies that would ultimately enable the reshaping and regeneration of Earlestown town centre.
Works, which follow on from previous masterplanning for Earlestown would build on its strengths as a bustling district centre, rich in heritage and potential.
Proposals for the district centre could mean remodelling, moving or repurposing current public buildings and land, and acquiring underutilised sites.
Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Balanced Development and Economic Opportunity, said: “This is great news for the borough, and especially for the Earlestown community. This could open sites to development opportunities to deliver more balanced residential growth in the area and ultimately improve public spaces in Earlestown.”
Councillor Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Futures and Performance, with responsibility for town centres, said: “We recognise the need within our regeneration strategies to look wider than St Helens town centre, where work is ongoing, to the district centres that are important to our communities and crucial to prosperity across the borough. This funding is a great boon to our transformation planning for Earlestown, as we look to improve the area and ensure public sector land usage is efficient and effective.”
The funding secured through One Public Estate aligns well with a current bid for a share of a £675 million pot of money available through the Future High Street Fund from Government.
As part of the redevelopment plans for the borough the council is submitting two Future High Street Fund bids that could help with the transformative plans for St Helens and Earlestown town centres.