KNOWSLEY Council has set out the next steps over the development of Prescot town centre after it held a survey with residents.

Public consultation held

The local authority recently asked people to share their views on Prescot town centre and Prescot Shopping Centre to help shape future development plans.

In December last year, the council confirmed that it had bought the shopping centre, the former Stephenson’s Printworks building, the car park and additional retail units on Eccleston Street and Market Place.

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During the three-week consultation, people were asked about how they currently use the town centre and shopping centre and their views on how this could be developed for the future.

More than 1,400 surveys were completed, these were a mixture of both online and printed surveys.

What are the next steps?

The council says that officers will now analyse the information collated and will share the findings with residents in the next couple of months.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development said: “We’ve had a positive response to the survey, and I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to complete a survey and return it to us.

"Throughout the engagement, people were complementary of the progress that has already been made in Prescot town centre and it was clear that people understand the changing face of retail, the increasing popularity of online shopping and the challenges that this presents to Prescot and town centres across the country.

"The findings from this engagement will help us to shape the continued evolution and success of Prescot town centre.”