KNOWSLEY Council has agreed to fund a £1.2m programme to create a new public services centre in Prescot - saying it will ultimately help them to save cash.
The proposals will see the town’s one stop shop, library and museum brought together into the current one stop shop building in Prescot town centre.
Major refurbishment work will be carried out to improve the current building and make it suitable to accommodate the library and museum.
The plan is designed to support the ongoing regeneration of Prescot, “substantially” increase footfall in the nearby shopping centre and town centre and provide modern, fit-for-purpose public facilities.
Ultimately, the move will also enable the authority to make financial savings - by reducing the operating costs of having the one stop shop, library and museum in three separate buildings.
The council has announced that it will conduct a competitive tender exercise in the near future to appoint a contractor to carry out the works.
It is anticipated that construction work will begin in October and the new facilities will open early next year.
Mike Harden, Knowsley Council’s deputy chief executive, said: “These are exciting plans which will support our efforts to regenerate Prescot Town Centre for the benefit of our residents.
“Our library and museum service will benefit from having new, fit-for-purpose facilities and the new town centre location will help increase the number of people using the services.
“In the current financial climate with the severe budget pressures we face, the savings we can make with this programme will help to protect these key services for people who live in Prescot, along with those who work in or visit the town.”
In addition to the new public services centre, the council says it is also investing heavily in new leisure facilities for Prescot and the development of a strategic framework to shape the future shape and prosperity of the town.