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Council consults on Crosby regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
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Sefton Council has launched a consultation on plans to regenerate Crosby town centre.

The consultation follows the council’s submission of two bids for funding to the government.

In June, it bid for £19.2 million to the Levelling Up Fund for a range of schemes that aim to revitalise Crosby town centre after the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Reimagining Crosby’ includes plans for a “state-of-the-art” library in the town centre, health facilities and additional living spaces.

Improvements would also be delivered to car parks, access for people walking and cycling, and highways.

The council is seeking to support the recovery of Crosby and diversify what the town can offer and views on the proposals are being sought from residents, businesses and visitors.

Ian Maher, leader of Sefton Council, said: “This is an exciting step in the regeneration of Crosby town centre and the delivery of the Crosby Investment Strategy. Our plans will help to ensure that Crosby’s historic town centre is a vibrant and diverse place to live, work and visit.

“The council has an ongoing commitment to supporting the community, listening to valued feedback, and working and living among the community so we are already well aware of how much this regeneration plan is needed to boost south Sefton.

“I strongly encourage people to take part in the public consultation and have their say on the future development of Crosby town centre.”

The council’s second bid to the Levelling Up Fund is for £14.5 million to “revitalise” Bootle. The council said the town has been hit hard economically by the pandemic, as well as other factors.

Proposals include a new high-tech digital and virtual-reality venue that would host the UK’s first ‘Flying Cinema’ to transport visitors on a tour of the British Isles. Also, a virtual-reality Time-Travel Tunnel will take visitors on a journey through the ‘History of Bootle and Liverpool’, including an experience of the Blitz.

Sefton Council said it expects to hear feedback from the government on its bids later this year.

More information can be found here.

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