St Helens town centre funding submission moves forwards

The St Helens Town Deal Board £38.55 plan shaping the future for St Helens town centre has moved to the next stage.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 9:41 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 9:42 am
The St Helens Town Deal Board £38.55 plan shaping the future for St Helens town centre has moved to the next stage.

The Government has announced that it will put forward an additional £70,000 to help support detailed business plans for the proposals in the bid for St Helens town centre.

St Helens Borough was one of the towns chosen by Central Government to bid for up to £25m in funding to deliver transformative projects. There is also the option to bid for extra funding up to £50m if a project is deemed to be of national significance.

The plan aims to help to unlock new jobs, regeneration and bring communities together through a range of potential developments across the wider St Helens town centre area.

The shortlist of projects includes expanding on Glass Futures, the innovative research facility which will be built next to the Totally Wicked Stadium, making the borough an international leader in glass development once again. The board believe this is a project that is of national significance which is why the bid is more than the initial £25m.

Other focus in the bid is on creating new town centre living options, creating a better-connected town centre with new walking and cycling routes, supporting healthy communities through the creation of a youth zone and health innovation hub, improving digital infrastructure to help businesses grow online and enhancing the rich heritage through the developments of a St Helens Heritage World.

Public, private and voluntary sectors have come together through the Town Deal Board, created in January 2020, and have spent the year developing key projects which make up the Town Investment Plan.

Councillor David Baines, Leader of St Helens Borough Council, said: “This news of additional funding to support the bid put forward by the St Helens Town Deal Board is really welcome. We know that our bid is one that can have real impact and help support our plans which we are committed to which will transform our borough, create quality job opportunities, support businesses and recognise that town centres will need to radically change to become sustainable for the future.

"This is testament to the hard work that has already been put into the plans by the board led by John Tabern.”

The bid has been submitted for initial evaluation by the Government. We are waiting for approval from Government before moving to a second stage of full business plans.