Sefton Council is inviting the community to help shape ambitious plans that will ensure Bootle is a great place to work, live, shop and socialise.
To achieve this, the council is planning to produce an ‘Area Action Plan’ which will set out a clear vision for the town. It will identify the locations in the town where investment is needed. It will also help to secure the homes that people need and want, good quality open spaces and facilities, as well as job opportunities.
The council says the Area Action Plan will be rooted in the people, businesses and organisations of the town and is a plan for the future of Bootle created by its residents and other stakeholders. The aim of the plan is to stimulate further investment in the town, creating more opportunities for local people and businesses. Once adopted, it will form part of the Development Plan for Sefton alongside the Local Plan.
Everybody will have an opportunity to get involved in shaping the Area Action Plan and over the coming months Sefton Council will set out how they intend to engage with local people and when.
To help kick-start the wider regeneration of the town, Sefton Council has purchased the Strand Shopping Centre and recently secured some of the neighbouring sites. Last year the council shared plans to bring the Strand back to life and in December 2020 work started on site to clear the land adjacent to the Strand and the Leeds Liverpool Canal. This work is designed to open up a disused area around the Strand for new and imaginative interim uses, the first step in repurposing the Strand and opening it up its canal frontage. Further information will be shared on these new uses in the coming weeks. The future of the Strand will be integral to these conversations with local communities.
Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:
“We want to use the redevelopment and improvement of the Strand to help transform the town into a better, healthier place for residents and visitors.
“We are proudly and passionately committed to Bootle and are looking forward to engaging with local people and stakeholders in a conversation about the future of their town.
“We want to ensure that everybody has the chance to get involved in this exciting opportunity and we will be sharing more details soon.”
Further information about the Area Action Plan and details of how you can get involved will be shared in the coming months. To register your early interest to be part of this opportunity please email BootleAAP@sefton.gov.uk