What is the Council's investment package?

In order to grow and sustain the borough, the council needs to invest in key projects and initiatives that will attract more residents, businesses, investors and visitors into the borough. 

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A £80m investment package has also been secured which will grow and sustain the borough. This investment will be ploughed into projects and initiatives that will drive economic growth in the area.  These include:-

  • The construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot
  • The development of Halsnead Garden Village
  • Improved retail, visitor attractions and leisure offerings (such as a cinema) in town centres
  • Support to accelerate housing developments, which offer opportunities for first-time buyers as well as executive homes
  • Investment in assistive technology which will help people to remain independent for longer
  • A permanent new investment of £300,000 will be provided to keep the borough’s neighbourhoods cleaner and well maintained
  • The establishment of a £1m social sector fund to enable the community, voluntary and faith sectors to work better with the council to provide services and support for residents and communities
  • Funding for the council’s Internship programme – supporting and preparing up to 20 young people and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities for employment within the council and other local employers
  • Junction improvements on the M57
  • Funding to recruit a further eight social workers in Children’s Social Care to further progress the improvements that have been made in Children’s Social Care following the Ofsted inspection
  • Funding to secure 450 new childcare places to meet demands of the extended childcare offer from September 2017.
  • Improving educational attainment via the work of Knowsley’s Education Commission
  • Funding for the Ways to Work programme, which will target 4,000 and help them to improve their employment prospects over the next three years
  • Investment in a three year fly tipping initiative, raising awareness of fly tipping including the consequences and taking robust action against perpetrators 
  • Investment to support the regeneration programmes in both Kirkby and Prescot town centres

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