A Town Deal for Birkenhead
Birkenhead is among a select group of 101 towns which were invited to bid for up to £25 million to transform neighbourhoods and communities in their area.
The fund is part of the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund programme aimed at towns with a proud industrial heritage, but that have not always typically benefitted from economic growth like more prosperous areas.
The Government has nominated Birkenhead as one of the communities it would like to work with and agree a Town Deal, which could see up to £25m invested into the area.
Stage 1 of the Town Deal programme has now concluded. Wirral Council submitted its Town Investment Plan to the Government on 29 January 2021 and an announcement is expected in April.
The Town Deal Board
The Town Deal for Birkenhead is overseen by a locally led board of politicians and representatives from business, education, community and voluntary sectors. You can find out more about the Board below. The Town Deal Board is responsible for agreeing a vision for Birkenhead and developing a plan for how the Town Deal funding might be spent.
It is a requirement of the funding that a Town Deal Board be established. The role of the Board is to identify an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable vision for the town centre, and then develop a clear programme of interventions that will help to achieve the vision. In developing its proposals, the Board consulted with others as well as considering other investment opportunities.
The Board identified a number of projects which became part of an evidenced-based Town Investment Plan. The Town Investment Plan sets out the business case to secure Town Deal funding and was submitted to the Government by the Council on 29 January 2020.
The Board is not a legal entity, its role is advisory to Wirral Council as the accountable body for the Town Deal.
Have your say
Residents, businesses, local organisations and visitors were invited to share their views on the future of Birkenhead to help develop a Town Deal bid which reflected the needs of its communities across six thematic areas:
- Education and skills – What new facilities and skills do we need?
- Economy and enterprise – How can we help new and existing businesses grow?
- Connectivity, place and public realm – How do we create places where people want to live, helping them connect to the wider community through both virtual and transport networks?
- Health, wellbeing and community – How do we make this a priority for our town?
- Culture and heritage – How can we enrich our lives and encourage tourism with facilities for the arts, culture and heritage?
- Digital and clean energy – How do we use clean energy and digital advancements to make Birkenhead a sustainable town?
The results of the consultation were used to shape the Town Investment Plan which was submitted to Government on 29 January 2021.
Comments on the Town Deal submission are now closed. However, we are currently looking for your views on the future of Birkenhead through a consultation on the Birkenhead 2040 Framework. This consultation runs until Wednesday 19 May.
Register your interest
To be involved in future Birkenhead regeneration consultation events, or a more detailed review of proposals as they are being developed, please register your interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more
Members of the Birkenhead Town Deal Board
|Leigh-Anne Stradeski (Chair of the Board)||Eureka!|
|Mick Whitley||MP for Birkenhead|
|Angela Eagle||MP for Wallasey|
|Cllr Janette Williamson||Wirral Council|
|Cllr Tony Jones||Wirral Council|
|Cllr Pat Cleary||Wirral Council|
|Mike Horner||Wirral Growth Company|
|Richard Mawdsley||Peel Land & Property|
|Liam Kelly||Make Hamilton Square|
|Angela Simpson||University of Chester|
|Asif Hamid||Liverpool City Region LEP|
|Paula Basnett||Birkenhead BID/Wirral Chamber|
|Frank Rogers||Combine Authority|
|Sophie Bevan||Combined Authority|
|Catherine Holmes||Homes England|
|Louise Healey||Birkenhead Job Centre|
|Supt Martin Earl||Earl Merseyside Police|
|Julie Webster||Wirral Council (Public Health)|
|Sue Higginson||Wirral Metropolitan College|
|Mark Palios||Tranmere Rovers Football Club/Tranmere Rovers in the Community|