£8m leveling up bid for Prescot by Knowsley Council unsuccessful

A bid for a fund by Leveling Up for Prescot was unsuccessful, it was confirmed.

The Prescot bid, reportedly worth over £8million, aimed to build on the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in 2022 to further develop the city’s cultural and leisure scene.

Plans include investing in the Prescot Picture Palace – a Grade I listed building which is being restored as a cinema.

However, the bid fell through along with another bid from Knowsley Council through Huyton.

Meanwhile, Leveling Up’s latest round of funding raised £15.3million for a project in Halewood.

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Chairman of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan: “I am delighted that we have received £15.3m in Government money to support our plans for Halewood and ensure communities get the services and facilities they deserve. It’s an exciting time for Halewood.”

He also spoke of his disappointment at losing two other offers, including £20m plans as part of Huyton’s regeneration and £8m for Prescot.

Cllr Morgan said: “Obviously we are incredibly disappointed that our other two bids – which were just as robust and worthy of a leveling up – were repulsed.

“We have not received any feedback from DLUHC, but we will be looking for that information over the coming days and weeks.”

He added that he would “like to understand” how a Priority 1 area like Knowsley could lose some of its proposals in this bidding round.

In St Helens, a bid to redevelop the Gamble Building was unsuccessful, while £20m was awarded to Earlestown’s redevelopment plans.

https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/23269037.8m-levelling-bid-prescot-knowsley-council-unsuccessful/?ref=rss £8m leveling up bid for Prescot by Knowsley Council unsuccessful

Brian Ashcraft

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