New Brighton plans launched under ‘Left Bank’ vision
Wirral Council is inviting the public to shape a 15-year masterplan for New Brighton, which proposes an outdoor swimming pool and other developments to regenerate the seaside town.
The ‘Our Lido’ proposal is a key plank of the masterplan and would see an outdoor swimming pool and associated health, wellbeing and community facilities built in New Brighton.
The council wants to hear suggestions from local residents and businesses on where the lido could be located, and also proposals for “an important feature that is special to New Brighton”; an “enhancement opportunity” – for example, a redevelopment of a building or public space – and an “issue” the masterplan should consider, for example environmental or transport challenges the town faces.
“New Brighton has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has once again become a hugely popular destination, but further regeneration, based on inspiration from the community, will help to maximise the potential of the resort,” Wirral Council said in a statement.
The council has commissioned advisory firm Building Design Partnership to consult with the local community from today until 16 November, to develop a framework to inform future investment and planning decisions for New Brighton.
The plans are part of the council’s 20-year vision to regenerate a stretch of land along the Wirral Peninsula, taking in areas such as New Brighton, Liscard, Seacombe, Birkenhead, New Ferry and Bromborough and called the ‘Left Bank’ development framework.
Earlier this month, Wirral launched a consultation on proposals to reinvigorate Liscard town centre, one of Wirral’s main shopping areas, including a remodelling of the Cherry Tree shopping centre as well as new apartments, shops, a multistorey car park and a raft of public realm improvements.
Anita Leech, chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee, said: “Even before the development of Marine Point and the rebuilding of the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton was a hugely popular place to visit, with beautiful beaches and seaside attractions.
“Now we are looking ahead to the next 15 years and what the future holds for the town. We want to hear from you on what you would like to see change or be developed.
“This is your chance to tell us what you think of New Brighton… and what you think will help make it an even better place to live, work and visit.”
Following the consultation, the council will draw up options and present them to the public in early 2021. It aims to complete the masterplan by next spring.