£4m Project to Regenerate Historic Prescot

By on Friday, May 17, 2013

tudor_shop_eccleston_street_prescot_A five-year plan to regenerate Prescot will see an estimated £4 million invested in buildings, businesses and open spaces in the traditional town centre.

Among the aims is to make the town centre attractive again to businesses, residents and visitors. Gaudy shopfronts, vacant units and architectural eyesores that detract from the historic character of the area will be prime targets for change.

Businesses in the Conservation Area, which includes Eccleston, Leyland, Sewell, Derby and High Streets, can apply for grants to make repairs, restore facades and put empty spaces – such as Prescot shops’ often-neglected upper floors – back into use. Money will also go into training, community involvement, and improving pedestrian and traffic links between Cables Retail Park and the town centre.

The initiative stems from a 2012 conservation report highlighting both the splendid character of the town centre and its economic decline over the past fifty years.

Among the report’s suggestions for preserving Prescot’s history are extending the Conservation Area to include Prescot Cemetery, whose poor condition has angered some local residents; listing “at risk” buildings and monuments of historical interest, such as Prescot Methodist Church on Atherton Street, Prescot Community Church (formerly the Picture Palace and the Coral Social Club) on Kemble Street, and the War Memorial; and redeveloping Market Place and the area around the steps of St Mary’s (Prescot Parish Church).

The Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative was made possible by a £1.85-million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Knowsley Council, among other partners, will supply the rest of the budget.

More Info about the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative

  • Download a guide to grant applications here (PDF)
  • Find out if you are eligible for a grant here (PDF)
  • Read the Conservation Area Character Appraisal (2012 report on Prescot town centre) here (PDF)
  • Read the THI Plan here (PDF)
  • Keep up-to-date on the Townscape Heritage Initiative here
  • Follow @prescotthi on Twitter here
  • Introduce yourself to newly appointed THI Officer Owen Barton at the “Space to Create” centre on Eccleston Street (East end, next to Margaret Rose)
  • Phone THI on 0151 443 2757 for more information
  • Email owen.barton@knowsley.gov.uk

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