POP UP MARKET: Bootle Canalside approved
A pop-up market expected to kick-start the regeneration of Bootle has been approved on an empty site next to The Strand.
Plans approved by Sefton Council last week will see 10 shipping containers set up on the former Post Office site by the canal to act as food and drink stalls, along with an “urban garden” and an events space.
The site will host its first event over the August bank holiday to test the council’s plans for the area, with a longer-term opening planned for later in the year.
The council hopes that the market will act as a boost for the town’s economy and draw more people to the area, providing additional customers for surrounding businesses as well.
Cllr Ian Maher, leader of Sefton Council, said: “We are proudly and passionately committed to the regeneration of Bootle which has been hit hard by the pandemic and has too often been overlooked.
“Our plans for transformation will contribute positively to the local and regional economy through job creation and act as a catalyst for wider investment, bringing interest and much needed focus to an area of our borough that is filled with opportunities.
“I am pleased with our progress so far as we continue on the road to regenerating one of our much loved town centres, the granting of planning permission for Bootle Canalside brings a key project one step closer and I know exciting times lie ahead for Bootle.”
Other plans for the area include a bid for £14.5m from the government to fund a virtual reality “flying theatre”.
There are also plans to invest more in The Strand, including the possibility of converting some of the shopping centre’s units into non-retail facilities.
This would bring new uses to the struggling council-owned shopping centre, which lost £3m last year and could lose another £3m over the next three years.
Words: Chris McKeon, Local Democracy Reporter
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