AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Plans for Birkenhead boosted by major investment
Plans for hundreds of affordable homes in Birkenhead have been boosted by a major investment.
The Birkenhead Central Gateway project will see the two flyovers in the Hind Street area removed and the road network reorganised to improve routes into the town centre and the tunnel.
This will allow hundreds of homes, as well as commercial premises, to be built on the Hind Street brownfield site, improving the look of the area.
The scheme was today awarded £8.3m from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s (LCR) transforming cities fund.
The project, run by Wirral Council, will help connect the new homes to the town centre, improving access to public transport and the Pyramids Shopping Centre.
Diversion routes will be put in place to allow the flyovers to be removed later this year, with more details to be revealed closer to the time.
Steve Rotheram, LCR metro mayor, said: “Since I was elected, I’ve made it a priority to help get our towns on the up and we’re investing over £8m to help regenerate this part of Birkenhead.
“This is the difference that devolution can make, with local people in charge of how money is spent in our area.
“When it is finished, this project should help to breathe new life into the area, create hundreds of affordable homes for local people and bring communities closer together.”
Wirral Council’s leader Janette Williamson also hailed the funding award.
The Labour leader said: “This is brilliant news and is another key step in moving forward our ambitious plans for Birkenhead.
“Removing the flyovers will mean that the area around Birkenhead Central Station will no longer be so cut off from the rest of the town centre, allowing us to open up an area that has been so badly underused for more than 50 years.
“Removing what has effectively become a ‘concrete collar’ around this part of the town centre will allow us to make this a more people-friendly environment, taking the focus away from cars and putting it back on the people using these streets, creating a more welcoming space.
“This is a major step on our way to recreating the town centre by changing how the area around St Werburgh’s looks, feels and functions – and changing the face of Birkenhead.”
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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