Frequently Asked Questions - Prescot

Prescot is one of Merseyside’s most historic towns and is unique within Knowsley. The council is committed to supporting and encouraging its long term prosperity and success. The council has identified funding, as well as securing external funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of partners, to improve the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre through restoration, conservation and regeneration projects over the next few years.

You can find out answers to the most frequently asked questions about changes being made in the town here.

For any other enquiries, email prescotenquiries@knowsley.gov.uk

1. What is the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)?

Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a £3.2m five year project, which commenced in 2013, to repair, restore and re-use historic buildings and spaces in Prescot town centre.

The THI will restore shopfronts, historic architectural features, repair and re-use historic buildings and improve public realm, including Leyland Street and Atherton Street. It aims to make Prescot town centre more attractive and vibrant, working with existing businesses, attracting new businesses and creating new homes.   For further information and details of forthcoming events visit www.prescotthi.org.uk

2. Which buildings will be improved?

The THI area focuses on the area of the historical medieval town including Market Place, Eccleston Street, Atherton Street, High Street and Leyland Street.  Within this area high priority and reserve properties have been identified as eligible for grant funding towards the cost of repair and restoration.

3. What other benefits will the THI bring?

Another aim of the THI is to help local people understand and appreciate their heritage and to give people in, or entering, the construction industry the opportunity to gain new skills and experience in heritage construction, repair and maintenance.

4. How do I register an interest in learning about heritage skills?

If you own a pre 1919 building, already work in, or are entering, the construction industry and are interested in learning about conservation philosophy or acquiring traditional skills such as stone masonry, lime plastering, joinery and slate roofing you can  register an interest with  prescotenquiries@knowsley.gov.uk.

5. What is happening with the old watch factory site on Albany Road?

Work has begun on the £11m conversion of the former Lancashire Watch Company factory on Albany Road into extra care apartments.   The listed buildings on the 6.75 acre site will be retained and redeveloped, ensuring the project celebrates Prescot’s rich heritage while regenerating the site and bringing it into the 21st century.

The development will see 70 new homes built, which will be a mix of one and two bedroom apartments and 2 bedroom bungalows for affordable rent and some 2 bedroom bungalows for older peoples shared ownership.  The first properties will be available in spring 2016.
Extra care allows residents who are 55 or over to enjoy a healthier, active and independent lifestyle with the added benefit of 24/7 care and support. The development will also include security, communal gardens, a restaurant, hairdresser and social rooms.

6. What is happening with the old library and museum buildings?

The old library building has been sold for private residential conversion and Shakespeare North Trust is leasing the old Prescot Museum building.

7.What days is the market held in Prescot?

Producer’s markets, selling local food produce and handcrafted goods, are held on the first Saturday of the month along Eccleston Street, 9am to 2pm.  In addition, local musicians often perform in the town on market days. Knowsley based businesses or residents may be eligible for free stalls at the market.  Please contact Mark Bingley on 0151 443 4499 for further details.