Knowsley Council’s multi-million pound regeneration programme in Stockbridge Village, and the efforts of local partners and the community, has resulted in the area picking up yet another prestigious award.
This time it’s the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that have provided their stamp of approval by giving Stockbridge Village their North West Regeneration Award 2013.
This recent accolade is the latest in a long line of similar awards that have recognised the quality and impact of the regeneration in the area. In addition to the RICS North West Award, Stockbridge Village has also received recognition from national organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Housing, Civic Trust, the Home Office, National Housing Federation and even the Royal Horticultural Society.
Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration Economy & Skills commented:
What’s even more exciting is that the facilities and services we have provided will last beyond current generations and be a real legacy for the area and the people that live there. That’s what real regeneration is all about!”
The £25 million regeneration of Stockbridge Village has included the creation of a new primary school, library, state-of-the-art gym and leisure facilities including a new swimming pool, children’s and family centre, café, youth facility and supermarket.
In addition to the physical developments in the area, the council has worked closely with partners, including Villages Housing and Merseyside Police, to make wider changes to help improve and enhance the life experiences of local people.
Maureen Clunan, Chair of the Association of Stockbridge Village has been a resident in the area for more than 30 years, she said:
“The regeneration programme has made such a big difference to this area. The new buildings and facilities are fantastic but there’s more to it than just that - the whole feeling about the place is different!
There is a sense of pride in the community and a real feeling of optimism about the future here in Stockbridge Village.”