Wirral Council sets out its bold investment plan for Birkenhead

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Wirral Council sets out its bold investment plan for Birkenhead

Post by Wirral Council News » Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:02 pm

A detailed ambitious and inspirational regeneration plan for Birkenhead has been sent to the Government to bid for £45m from the Town Deal scheme.

Wirral Council is aiming to secure the full £45m by using the Town Investment Plan to illustrate how Birkenhead’s maritime and entrepreneurial heritage, its enviable position on the left bank of the River Mersey, facing the world-famous Liverpool Three Graces and its determination to innovate, will lay the foundation for a tangible transformation of the area.

If successful, the funding will see a number of flagship projects get the green light to progress, capitalising on collaborations which already exist in recent private and public sector schemes such as the Wirral Growth Company town centre development. This could also bring in a further £54m in match funding from other private and public sector sources.

The impact of the projects will be considerable and will include capital funding investment, covering building and equipment rather than revenue “day-to-day” costs, for new workspaces for business growth and for diverse arts and cultural facilities, as well as education and health & well-being infrastructure. It will also see investment in Birkenhead’s waterfront and the newly-named Dock Branch Park, representing a truly unique opportunity to change the face of the town centre by turning nearly 1km of disused railway into an invaluable park and active travel community asset.

The proposals outlined in the investment plan will also complement work to be undertaken in the town centre as a result of the award last month of £25m from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund. This will include the development of new housing, a modern, purpose-built market and a mix of highways schemes which will make the town centre a much easier place to access.

Birkenhead was one of only 101 towns invited to apply for the Government’s Town Deal grant last year. The scheme itself was devised so that any town which decided to submit a bid would have to address specific themes including economic growth, sustainability, educations & skills and connectivity.

After consulting local businesses and residents, the Town Deal Board, representing people who both live and work within the borough, took into account more than 700 separate digital pieces of feedback to help in its selection of projects which will underpin the transformation of the town.

Councillor Anita Leech, Chair of Wirral Council Economy, Regeneration & Development Committee, said:

“A critical part of assuring the success of this Town Deal Investment Plan was having the input of our resident and business communities. We want these ambitious development programmes to be meaningful to local people so they can see their potential to bring about sustainable change which will lead to an improved quality of life for those who live, work and visit this area.

“The regeneration of Birkenhead is not just about transforming the landscape, it’s about inspiring people to take a leap of faith to be a part of community-based enterprise so they not only contribute to our local recovery but to sustainable growth, adding to shared wealth and prosperity.”

Chair of the Town Deal Board and CEO of Eureka!Mersey, the new science and discovery centre which is planned for Seacombe, Leigh-Anne Stradeski added:

“With an impressive foundation on which to build and a Town Investment Plan that draws on the strengths and engagement of local people, we are confident that the time is right for a major investment to enable us to deliver the future that Birkenhead deserves. The plan presents us with an opportunity to move into a new era of prosperity and success which can be shared across all communities.”

The Government is expected to announce the outcome of the Birkenhead Town Investment Plan in April 2021.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Thu, 04 Feb 2021 www.wirral.gov.uk

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