Scale of regeneration on St. Helens not seen ‘since WWII’ !

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The scale of renewal happening across St Helens has not been seen since World War II, according to the council president.

The council approved a draft inclusive growth strategy for the region at its meeting on Wednesday, along with a six-week public consultation on it.

A Cabinet report says the growth strategy recognizes “the pressing challenges facing the town now and over the next 15 years”.

However, he also stated that at the same time, St Helens was “on the brink of an unprecedented level of investment”.

“This upcoming pipeline of strategic projects will provide £500m or more of investment, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a real difference to our economy,” she added.

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The growth strategy provides a “proven and coherent strategic framework” for addressing the economic challenges and opportunities facing St Helens economy over the next 15 years.

The council says it has been developed across council directorates, partners and stakeholders – and that it aims to ensure economic opportunity for the entire community, including residents who are not currently economically active or have barriers to participation.

Council President Cllr David Baines called him “excellent” and “whatever we talk about”.

He said, “When we talk about renovation, we’re not just talking about shiny new buildings, we’re talking about opportunities that are being created for people.”

urthermore, Cllr Baines said there is “a lot going on at the moment” where the council is involved, including plans to renovate Parkside, Glassutures, work to reuse the Gamble Building and Town Deal projects.

St Helens Star: Gamble BuildingGamble building (Photo: St Helens Star)

He added, “This is a measure of renewal, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say, I don’t think our region has seen such a scale of renewal since the Second World War – and Richard McCauley and I were talking about this last night and he always thinks, I’ve been saying since the war, I’m not sure Exactly, but we should define it in those terms if we can because it’s so huge.”

St Helens Star: Cllr David Baines, Leader of St Helens CouncilCllr David Baines, President of St Helens Council (photo: stock)

Cllr Baines also said: “But it’s not just about the new buildings, I say, it’s about the opportunities they create for our residents to work building those things, to take advantage of the jobs they create when they’re ready to go, and it’s also the detrimental impact of supply chains, skills, training.” , and education, and raising ambition for our young people, it’s huge and this strategy of inclusive growth which is excellent, and I encourage everyone to read on and look at it, and set it in stone. And we make sure that we’ll do everything we can to make sure as many pounds as we can spend in this town “.