Wirral bids for Levelling Up cash to regenerate Liscard town centre

More investment could be coming to Liscard as Wirral Council plans to make a bid for £12 million from the government’s Levelling Up fund.

The application will be submitted to develop a new community hub and help regenerate the town centre, in particular the shopping area.

Proposals include improving shop fronts on Liscard Way and making Mother Redcap Place more user-friendly. There are also plans to reconfigure the Wallasey Road and Seaview Road junction to improve traffic flows and allow safer cycling and pedestrian travel, and to encourage high-quality residential development at the Seaview Road Car Park site by creating new links to the town centre.

Wirral Council leader and Labour Liscard councillor Janette Williamson says, “Liscard deserves this funding to regenerate the town centre and to create a new community hub, where the area’s many brilliant groups can meet. Together with local businesses, voluntary groups and residents, we have been working hard to improve the town centre, in particular the shopping area, and this funding would be a huge boost.”

The bid builds on the Liscard Neighbourhood Framework, which has been approved as the regeneration strategy for Liscard. It will focus on the fund’s ‘Regeneration and Town Centre Investment’ theme, with interlinked projects that will boost Liscard town centre into a vital, attractive and vibrant town centre.

Liscard’s Labour candidate in the upcoming by-election, James Stewart Laing, adds, “This funding will build on the regeneration work already started in Liscard, it will further improve the town’s shopping offer and link together key areas to make walking and cycling easier for our residents as part of our commitment to active travel.”

If granted, the bid will work alongside the existing Town Centre Fund Action Plan, which includes business and community grants, extra CCTV and the pump track. This is something Liscard and Egremont Labour councillor Daisy Kenny has been working on.

She says, “Our plans for Liscard are extremely exciting and ambitious. This funding would help to regenerate the area with the needs of the local community at the forefront of the plans.

“Together with the Town Centre Fund Action Plan, this will build momentum and investment going into Liscard and further improve the area for years to come.”

In the last round of levelling up funding, Wirral won £19.6m to transform the waterfront at Woodside, including enhancing public spaces, upgrading the U-Boat Story attraction and to make major infrastructure improvements to the area leading to the removal of the Woodside Gyratory and a bus interchange area relocation.

Main image: GOOGLE Inset (top): Daisy Kenny. Insette (bottom): Janette Williamson

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