£1.85m granted to revitalise Prescot’s heritage

By on Monday, December 3, 2012

Best news Prescot has had in a while? — Ed.

(Press release: Knowsley Council)

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today awarded £1.85m to Knowsley Council to revitalise Prescot’s historic buildings and breathe new life into the town centre.

The project will see the repair and restoration of the town’s historic fabric to improve its overall appearance and emphasise Prescot’s rich heritage, as well as help to find new uses for vacant and underused premises. The physical works will include the replacement of dilapidated, or inappropriate modern shop fronts with a more traditional design to reinstate the original look and feel of the high street.

The project will also include a wide variety of educational work and community events.  A training programme will give local people historic skills, as well as providing recognised qualifications to give them a foothold on a career in conservation construction and restoration.

The majority of the works will be focused around Market Place and Eccleston Street to improve links between the modern retail park and traditional town centre in Prescot.

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills at Knowsley, said: “This is a fantastic boost for Prescot, which will bring huge benefits for all residents of Prescot and the wider borough.  It will help to provide a more attractive and vibrant town centre, with historic buildings revived and empty premises brought back to use, but it will also give local people an opportunity to learn new skills and possibly a career in conservation and restoration.”

Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “HLF investment goes well beyond the bricks and mortar of a building. THI schemes can really help turn around local economies, not only by improving how the look and feel of our towns and high streets, but by prompting business start-ups and creating new jobs and training opportunities. We are delighted to be able to work with Knowsley Council in helping boost the fortunes of Prescot’s historic town centre.”

The five year programme is due to commence in the Spring 2013.

Photo: One of Eccleston Street’s many historic shopfronts (Alan Pennington)


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