Council names new town centre manager

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Council chiefs have appointed a new town centre manager tasked with boosting retail growth in the borough.

Gary Maddock has served in various roles with the council over the past decade.

Having worked in St Helens for several years, I’ve developed a real passion for the area and have a strong working knowledge of the town centre and borough, including its opportunities and challenges

Gary Maddock

The council had been due to make an appointment in the summer, but the process was delayed following the withdrawal of a candidate –providing an opportunity to re-specify the role.

The announcement comes at a time just as new life is being breathed into the town centre, with the arrival of national retailers like H&M, Fat Face and USC recently setting up shop.

While over on the once derelict Linkway West site, Bella Italia, Costa Coffee and a bowling alley are expected to join Aldi in the New Year.

Mr Maddock’s CV includes the organisation of a number of key events, including the annual Christmas lights switch on and Summer Streets events.

He said: “Having worked in St Helens for several years, I’ve developed a real passion for the area and have a strong working knowledge of the town centre and borough, including its opportunities and challenges.

“I am excited to be taking on this new role and looking forward to continuing to working closely with local businesses, visitor attractions and partners to bring improvements to our town.

“I believe it is a fantastic town with a great community with lots to offer and getting everyone working together we can make a real difference.”

Church Square Shopping Centre manager Steven Brogan said: “I would like to congratulate Gary on his new role. He is an excellent ambassador for St Helens and I know that he will work hard to promote all that is good about the town, and help to attract more businesses.”

Council leader Barrie Grunewald added: “This is a great appointment for us as we drive the regeneration of the town centre and work with the town’s businesses and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, co-ordinated plan of activity to develop and promote the town centre and increase footfall and spend.”