PROGRESS can be seen in Earlestown Town Hall following a year of work.

The reconstruction of the grade II listed building began in April this year as part of Earlestown's multi-million-pound regeneration plans which will see developments to the town centre. 

The vision for the iconic town hall, a former home to local drama group NADOS and its pantomimes, is to open its doors to the public once more, offer rentable office space, and a potential cafe. 

The building has been closed since 2008 due to budget savings, however, a generous sum pumped into Earlestown meant that the town hall was able to be reopened.

St Helens Star: Work has started inside the building Work has started inside the building (Image: Terry Maguire)

Levelling up bids have been submitted by St Helens Borough Council, calling for further help from the government to continue the reconstruction. 

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Newton-le-Willows West councillor Terry Maguire, discussed the potential plans, not yet confirmed, for the town hall.

He said: "We recently held a meeting for ward councillors.

"The potential plan for the town hall, we were told, is a mix of commercial and community use, including rentable office space, community use, a garden terrace and cafe.

St Helens Star: The notable staircase in the town hall The notable staircase in the town hall (Image: Terry Maguire)

"The hope will also be for function hire with a beautiful stage and function room. The stage and the beautiful sweeping staircase sweeping will be retained as part of the town hall's iconic history; the Beatles played there in the early ’60s.

"We are all hopeful that the current levelling up bids submitted by the council are accepted by the government to help this project along and a sustainable business plan is arrived at by the council."