Wirral Council has embarked on an ambitious journey to regenerate Liscard: to reimagine the town centre whilst creating a place that meets the needs of its local community. The council is working with partners, stakeholders and the local community to deliver its ambition for the town.
In late 2019, Wirral Council was successful in bidding for the Liverpool City Region Town Centre Fund - a £500,000 Action Plan of investment to improve the sustainability and vitality of the town centre and helping to drive forward the regeneration of Liscard.
The Action Plan includes initiatives aimed at making a difference quickly in the town, as well as looking to secure the future of the Liscard town centre through a 15-year masterplan.
By December 2021, the Town Centre Fund Action Plan will deliver:
- a Business Grants scheme to support new and existing independent businesses, with the aim of making internal and external improvements and bringing empty shops back into use
- a Community Grants Programme to support cultural, creative and community investment activities in and around the town centre
- a new, purpose built pump-track in nearby Central Park - to provide a dedicated cycling facility, primarily benefiting young people
- diversionary activities to support young people
- provision of new CCTV to help reduce vandalism and anti-social behaviour, along with improvements to the town’s street scene including improved lighting and other safety features
The Town Centre Fund has financed a Neighbourhood Framework for Liscard: An Integrated Masterplan which was commissioned by the council in 2020. The masterplan will set out a new ambitious vision for the future and provide a clear framework to guide the sustainable economic growth and renewal of Liscard over the next 15 years. The masterplan is a significant opportunity to reshape Liscard in a way that improves the experience of residents, businesses and visitors, ensuring it is fit for the future.
The emerging plan has identified medium to long term improvements for the town centre and is informing the emerging Local Plan, and will help to shape and guide how the council invests in regeneration, attract new developer interest and to position Liscard positively for future funding opportunities from central government. Further details about the masterplan will be released in autumn 2021.
Liscard Town Centre Fund Grants
We know that Liscard has many businesses and organisations which are seeking to embrace change and to look ahead to future possibilities. Other Wirral-based businesses may be considering Liscard as an exciting prospect to start up in.
These businesses and organisations will be at the heart of Liscard’s transformation. The council is inviting applicants to put forward proposals for two new grant schemes aimed at local businesses and community organisations which are outlined below.
Applications for the the Liscard Business Grant Scheme closed at 12 noon on 19 July 2021.
Applications for the Liscard Community Grant Scheme closed at 10am on 26 July 2021.
Applicants will be advised of the outcome in the week commencing 9 August 2021.
- be ‘Ready to Go’ once grant approved and be delivered and completed before 13 December 2021 at the latest
- be able to demonstrate how the funding will contribute to the aims of the scheme and the ambition for Liscard Town Centre
If you have any queries once you have read the detailed Guidance for either of the schemes, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
Liscard Business Grant Scheme
The aim of this scheme is to support the growth and development of eligible local businesses and socially trading organisations by:
- supporting existing businesses to diversify, expand or make improvements to their commercial premises
- encouraging the establishment of start-up independent businesses to locate in Liscard
- bringing vacant premises back into use
- increasing footfall in the town centre
- fostering a more diverse and attractive high street
How much funding is available?
The Liscard Business Grant Scheme is available to eligible businesses and organisations located within the Liscard Town Centre Fund Delivery Area.
One-off grants of up to £10,000 are available to eligible businesses to apply for to undertake capital improvements to commercial premises which will contribute to the regeneration and sustainable growth of the town centre. Grants can be used to make improvements in line with the aims of the scheme.
Liscard Community Grant Scheme
We are inviting proposals from existing Wirral-based community and voluntary sector groups and socially trading organisations to deliver of an exciting array of community projects, involving local residents of Liscard.
In order to support communities to thrive, we want this funding scheme to:
- increase the diversity of current town centre uses including meanwhile and pop-up uses, and a range of activities to support community regeneration
- attract visitors and businesses through an improved cultural and community offer
- improve the places and spaces that matter to the local community, raising civic pride and identity in the town and creating a more animated, confident and vibrant town centre
- reinvigorate and celebrate the importance of the high street and independent traders
- increase residents’ involvement, participation and ownership of local activities
- build the capacity and resilience of the community and voluntary sector based locally
- support a range of diversionary activities for local young people including sports and cultural activities
How much funding is available?
One-off revenue grants of up to £10,000 are available to eligible Wirral-based community and voluntary sector groups and socially trading organisations to apply for to fund a wide range of community-based projects be delivered within the Liscard Town Centre Fund Delivery Area (view map).
Central Park Pump Track
As part of the Action Plan to revitalise Liscard Town Centre and support activities for young people in the area, a new purpose-built pump track is proposed in nearby Central Park.
A pump track is a continuous circuit for cyclists which is designed so it can be used by young people and adults of all ages safely. The pump track in Central Park will provide a dedicated facility for young people, families and other residents and allow cycling activities to be enjoyed in a safe environment. Pump tracks are also suitable for skateboards, rollerblades and scooters.
The proposed location for the pump track is the former Sunken Garden, which has a good, visible and accessible location in the centre of the park.
We want to hear from you
From late July, we are consulting with local people on the design options for the pump track, prior to a planning application being submitted later this year.
You can have your say about the pump track proposal and design options. Please visit the Have Your Say website to complete the short survey. The survey is open between Monday 26 July and Friday 13 August 2021.
Before completing the survey, you may wish to read on to find out more about pump tracks and our proposals for Central Park.
We also held a consultation event in Central Park on 28 July.