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Earlestown gets ‘Welcome Back’ makeover

by Gemma Melling

St Helens and Earlestown town centres have been getting some extra TLC lately, as the council invests £146,000 from the Welcome Back Fund, which is funded from the European Regional Development Fund.

Work has been taking place over recent weeks to replace, refurbish or refresh facilities in both town centres, as part of measures to welcoming people back to the high street after the pandemic.

The Welcome Back Fund is providing councils across England with a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund to support the safe return to high streets and help build back better from the pandemic.

In Earlestown, the funding is paying for new bins, benches, bollards, signage, lighting and flower beds, as well as a fresh lick of paint. It comes ahead of major plans for the redevelopment of Earlestown Town Centre, too.

Cllr Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We have been supporting local businesses and our high streets throughout the pandemic, ensuring they have access to all available funding pots, but there’s no doubt they have suffered nonetheless.

“Now we’re making the most of the Welcome Back Fund scheme with a refresh of facilities like bins, benches and flower planting, further supporting a return to our town centres following the easing of final Covid-19 restrictions.”

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