Committee to Hear Complaints against Knowsley’s Prescot Plans

By on Friday, November 5, 2010

Councillor Ian SmithLib Dem councillors in Knowsley have been given a chance to protest Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s decision to close Prescot Leisure Centre and replace it with smaller pitch-side facilities.

The plan, which was agreed unanimously by KMBC’s cabinet last month, would deprive Prescot of its third civic centre in as many decades, leaving Prescot Town Council and several community groups homeless.

Prescot’s Liberal Democrat councillors have charged KMBC with going back on earlier plans to upgrade the present centre. They also say residents were misled about the proposals at a consultation held in October.

Knowsley’s Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee has responded to councillors’ concerns by giving them the chance to air their views. If successful, the matter will be brought back to the cabinet or full council for debate.

“It is not Knowsley Council’s role to mislead people,” said Councillor Ian Smith, who has been outspoken in support of the leisure centre. “Councillor Marjorie Sommerfield will present our case to the Scrutiny Committee on Monday.”


  1. Carl Cashman

    Friday, November 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Great article. Liberal Democrat Councillors standing up for the people of Prescot against Knowsley Council.

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      Friday, November 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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      • Carl Cashman

        Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

        Your completley right. We can’t go on being a Town overlooked by a Council. I’m not asking for Prescot to have the biggest pot of money, just eqaul funding. Prescot people have so much pride for where they are from. We need to get out of get out of Knowsley.

      • harry doward

        Monday, May 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        Ivern, did you sit next to me at school – copying my notes again!
        Knowsley and Tesco a marriage made in Huyton…loving the slippers, rollers and pyjamas style you see every day – classy.
        The Tesco / shopping centre built on old land is a great idea in theory but Tesco are buying up empty shop leases meaning less people walk around the Prescot Centre / Ecclestone Street, therefore more shops go under, more leases get bought up by Tesco and it continues.

        Much more of a concern are the new houses opposite Tesco and by the Station. That land is full of heavy metals, poisonous particles and other cacogenic baddies. There’s no way I would build houses on that land unless it’s been dug out by 15-20m. I’m assuming the housebuilders know the history of the BICC and the foundries that used to be there?
        Are Knowsley Council trying to make Prescotians breed fuckwitts to keep future generations at a similar IQ as Kirkby and Huyton residents?? (If you’re from Huyton and feel offended by my comments I’m afraid I don’t believe you as this is written english and you can’t read).

  2. Jacquie

    Friday, November 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I so want the committee to listen and get these plans back into KMBC chambers for reversal. We deserve better than KMBC is prepared to deliver.

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