People who live and work in Stockbridge Village this week attended an exhibition event that showcased a major regeneration project that is set to transform their village centre.
The £25m plans include the creation of a new swimming pool, gym and leisure facilities, a learning resource centre, primary school, children's centre and family centre, outdoor play facilities, a multi-use games area and a supermarket. In addition, there are plans for enhanced bus facilities and work is already underway to extend the health centre.
The exhibition event, organised by Knowsley Council, was well attended by the community, both young and old, who came along to take their own glimpse into the future for their area.
Cllr Bill Weightman, who represents the ward, commented: "It's been a really exciting and positive event and it was a great opportunity for the community to come together and view the plans, new images and scale model.
"It's often hard for people to really visualise what the completed development will look like and the impact it will have on their area. We hope this event has helped with that and given the community a real feel for how this project will improve the village centre."
The exhibition included a scale model, plan and moving imagery of the new village centre. In addition, artist's impressions were on display to give people an idea of how the new buildings and public space will look. Those attending were able to meet with the people involved in making this project happen, including the architects and representatives from the council and partner organisations including the Police, Knowsley Works and Villages Housing. They were also given the opportunity to provide any additional feedback or comments they may have on the plans.
Nick Kavanagh, executive director for regeneration, economy and skills is leading the project, he commented: "The feedback from residents has been great and there is real enthusiasm and excitement in the area to see these plans come to life. The support from the community from day one has been fantastic and local people have played such an important role in shaping these plans."
Work has already begun to create the new Play Pathfinder facilities, clear the former Heatwaves site and extend the health centre in Stockbridge Village.
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