We are pleased to announce that the Secretary of State has upheld the original consent granted by St Helens Council in 2019 and approved the plans for the regeneration of Parkside.
We are also delighted to announce that the Parkside Link Road, which will join the A49 with Junction 22 of the M6 has also received Secretary of State approval.
John Downes, Chairman of Parkside Regeneration said ‘It’s been a long road, but we got there. I’m delighted that the Secretary of State saw as clearly as we did Parkside’s potential for transformational change and the contribution it will make to re-balancing the borough’s economy.’
‘This is very personal to me. I started my career at Parkside as a sixteen year-old and it brings that journey full circle. At its peak the colliery employed more than two thousand people and to be able to replace that lost work is hugely satisfying. The economy is changing rapidly as we adjust to a post-pandemic world and the site will provide options for logistics and manufacturing employers that will bring well-paid technical work to the whole of St Helens borough. The potential to capitalise on and support Liverpool Freeport’s growth is particularly noteworthy.’
“Everyone in the borough will benefit from this investment. Not just because they’ll possibly know young people accessing apprenticeships and training opportunities, or relatives finding work at Parkside, but because the site will generate millions of pounds a year in rateable income for investment in social care and other vital public services. This is a ‘win’ for the whole borough.”
David Baines, Leader of St Helens Council said: ‘I am delighted that the Secretary of State has given his backing to Parkside. It is a site of local, regional and national significance, and with the opportunity to be a key part of the Freeport plans for Liverpool City Region it has the potential to be of international significance too.’