MASTERPLAN: large parts of Liscard to be redesigned
This is what Liscard Way could look like under the plans, Image: Wirral Council
Liscard is set for an overhaul, with changes to the main shopping centre and plans for large parts of the town to be redesigned.
Wirral Council’s ‘masterplan’ for the town includes the “part redevelopment” of the Cherry Tree Centre and its car park, to create space for a new food store, alongside other premises yet to be finalised, with residential space above.
Liscard could look very different under the proposals, with a comprehensive redesign of Liscard Way, featuring new paving, lighting and greenery to dramatically alter its appearance.
A new pedestrianised street with a square, called Tower Place, is also set to be created as part of the changes to the Cherry Tree Centre.
The town’s roads could also function differently, with Liscard Crescent, Mill Lane, St Alban’s Road and Wallasey Road, to be redesigned to reduce the amount of space given to vehicles and increase space for pedestrians, cyclists and other features which could improve the appearance of the town.
In another move showing the importance of so-called ‘active travel’ to the future of the town, a two-way cycle corridor is proposed through Liscard town centre that extends along Seaview Road in the north to Liscard Road in the south.
This proposal is part of the Liverpool City Region’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).
Under the masterplan’s proposals, the Seaview Road car park could become part of a housing scheme, but the amount of car parking at the Cherry Tree Centre would not change, as the space would be re-provided as a multi-storey car park, allowing land to be released for redevelopment.
More homes could also be built on Burns Avenue, at a site currently occupied by two automotive businesses, under the masterplan.
The council also wants to see more homes on land behind the Capitol Buildings and on some of the main routes into the town.
This includes Seaview Road, where the local authority wants to see long-term empty commercial units turned into homes.
Among other empty buildings in the town set to be redeveloped is Dominick House, currently a disused five-storey office building, which could be brought back into use with a mix of residential and other uses.
The council also wants to see Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points in the town and more spaces for people to park their bicycles.
The masterplan also revealed that the council wants to create a community hub in the town centre, although there were no concrete plans in place to do this.
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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