New Prescot Centre Officially Opens, Combines New Museum & Library

By on Monday, July 23, 2012

New Prescot Centre (Museum & Library)(Press release: KMBC)

The new £1.2m Prescot Centre has been officially opened and is already a big hit with customers.

The building brings together the town’s one stop shop and library with the borough’s museum in one modern, fit-for-purpose building in the heart of Prescot Town Centre.

The Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Ron Round, unveiled a plaque at the Centre on Friday 20 July to mark a key milestone in the regeneration and revitalisation of Prescot.

The Prescot Centre – based in the completely refurbished one stop shop building in the Shopping Centre – opened its doors in April and is already proving to be a success:

  • An average of 4,000 extra people are visiting the shopping centre each week;
  • Library membership applications have increased by 100% in the new building, compared with the same period last year;
  • There have been 56% more visitors to the library service; and
  • Computer usage in the library has increased by 27%.

Cllr Round said: “I am absolutely delighted to officially open the fantastic new Prescot Centre and I am thrilled by how popular it is already proving to be.

“We are providing superb facilities for our customers and it is clear that we are enhancing their experience of using the library, one stop shop and museum.

“The massive increase in visitor numbers is great news for our services and I’m confident that the extra footfall in the shopping centre will help to generate additional business for local traders.

“The Prescot Centre is a great example of how Knowsley Council and Prescot Town Council are working hard to protect and improve services for the benefit of Prescot residents.”

Ron and Sue Swale, owners of home interior shop Prescot Heart of the Home, added “Over the last six weeks, we have seen an increase in visitors to the shopping centre, which is not only great news for us, but for other businesses in the area too.”

PHOTO: (L-R) Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council, MP George Howarth and Mike Harden, Deputy Chief Executive of Knowsley Council, at the official opening of the £1.2m Prescot Centre.

3 Comments

  1. Brett

    Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I hope the money the council get for the two old buildings the grade listed Museum and library will stay in Prescot. The town is still far from where it should be. No swimming pools, no leisure facilities smaller museum and library in a noisy atmosphere.

  2. Jennifer

    Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I would say .. Take a leaf out of Widnes`s book. They have Swimming facilities, Bowling, Cinema, good restaurants, I also believe an Ice rink is planned. We were promised leisure facilities on the old BICC site which never materialised. If you want to revamp Prescot just look around at the towns that are doing well and see what they are offering.

  3. Gerry Donnelly

    Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Without looking a gift horse in the mouth,yes any improvement in Prescot`s woefully neglected services is welcome,and more people visiting the town is good, bearing in mind its summer.But there`s still no improvement for childrens facilities. No local baths and swimming pool.Browns field still under threat of development.No facilities for mothers with young children,who used to be able to take them to the local baths for swimming lessons.

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