The transformation is complete!
After years of planning and work with both partners and the local community, Knowsley Council's multi-million pound regeneration of Stockbridge Village is now complete. As the doors opened on the new Neighbourhood Centre the final pieces of the jigsaw fitted in to place with only final landscaping work to be completed in the coming weeks.
Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy & Skills commented:
"It is wonderful to see what has been created here and how the area has been transformed in recent years. The regeneration project is testament to the hard work and commitment of all involved - particularly the local community who have supported our efforts throughout and worked alongside us to achieve this."
The new Neighbourhood Centre, located at the heart of the new village centre contains:
These new state-of-the-art community facilities are a welcome addition to the village centre which has already benefited from the creation of a new primary school, children's centre, library, supermarket and outdoor play facilities. In addition, the health centre has been extended and improved with the inclusion of public art created with the local community.
A range of memberships are available for residents to make the most of the new Neighbourhood Centre facilities. Please call 443 2200 for more information.
Sports / gym opening times
Mon to Thurs 6.30am - 10pm
Fri 6.30am - 9pm
Sat & Sun 9am - 6.30pm
Pool opening times
Mon to Thurs 6.30am - 9pm
Fri 6.30am - 8pm
Sat & Sun 9am - 3pm
Your chance to win a month's family swim pass
To celebrate the opening of the new Neighbourhood Centre in Stockbridge Village, readers of Our Times have the chance of winning a month's family swim pass (2 adults and 3 children max).
All you have to do is send your name, address and contact details to Elena Lloyd at the Stockbridge Villages Housing office, or email email@example.com to go in to the draw. Closing Date is Friday 13 April 2012. Competition only open to Knowsley residents and excludes VHA staff.
As final work is completed on the Stockbridge Village regeneration project, some highways works will be taking place on Waterpark Drive and its junctions with The Withens and Leech Croft. These are expected to last 3 to 4 weeks.
All involved will be working to minimise disruption to the area but there will be traffic measures put in place for the duration to enable the works to be completed.
New Children's Centre given thumbs up
The new Stockbridge Village (Acorn) Children's Centre has been rated 'good with outstanding features' by Ofsted inspectors.
They found that the centre was "building a strong and increasingly positive reputation within the community and this has established trust and confidence in the staff, partners and the services it delivers".
The report acknowledged how well staff and partners understand the community and that parents who visit are able to take part in exciting activities, whilst building their confidence, relationships and parenting skills.
It also found the centre to be attractive and welcoming, offering value for money with well trained and experienced staff.
One parent told the inspector: "I think the staff at the centre are great."
Meanwhile, many of the families who met the inspectors described feeling proud of their new centre and their many achievements.
Well done to all involved.
Knowsley Council is working with Villages Housing to not only promote these fantastic new facilities to the community of Stockbridge Village, but also to potential visitors to the area. A high profile campaign is being run which encourages people to challenge their old perceptions of the area and … Take a fresh look at Stockbridge Village.
As part of the campaign, some new imagery has been developed (pictured) that will be used on adverts, signs and promotional material.
So keep your eyes open for the campaign that is set to tell everyone about how great Stockbridge area is!
The regeneration of Stockbridge Village has sprung into life in recent months with the opening of the new Stockbridge Village Primary School, nursery, children's centre, library and Parry's supermarket.These recent openings are a big step forward for this ambitious regeneration project and a great asset for the whole community to enjoy.
Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy & Skills commented:"We have always been committed to investing in Stockbridge Village and with the support of partners and the community we have been able to create something really special here.What is even more unique about this scheme is that people from the area have been so involved in its development. We are really pleased to have been able to work so closely together and I know that everyone in Stockbridge Village is as keen as I am to see the project completed."
New school and much more
Local youngsters are enjoying learning and playing in the state-of-the-art new Stockbridge Village Primary school.Not only does the new building provide modern teaching accommodation and a roof top play deck but it is also home to a nursery, children's centre, family spaces and health and treatment rooms.There are four community rooms, three meeting pods and a sensory room available for the community to use. For bookings call 477 8020.
The new library attracted more than 200 visitors on its very first day of opening and has been receiving lots of praise from local residents ever since.Opening hoursMonday 9.15am to 5pmTuesday 9.15am to 5pmWednesday 9.15am to 6pmThursday 9.15am to 1pmFriday 9.15am to 5pmSaturday 10am to 1pmContact: 443 2501
The new Parry's now boasts a fresh deli counter and a much wider range of products. Store opening hours have been extended and a free home delivery service is also now available.Opening hours:Store open 7.30am -7.30pm Mon - SatOut of hours pay window open from 7.30pm - 10pm Mon - SatStore open 10am-4pm on SundaysOut of hours pay window open from 4pm - 8pm on Sundays
New police access point
A new police access point is being created in the new Neighbourhood Centre to provide a base for your local neighbourhood policing team.
Coming soon in Spring 2012…·
Swimming pool· 30 station gym· 4 court sports hall· Sauna and steam room· Flexible space for community use, dance and fitness classes· Community café· Dedicated youth facilities· Multi-use games area· New village square and public art
Why not make the most of Stockbridge Village's new leisure facilities?
There are a range of leisure memberships on offer to give you access to the new facilities in Stockbridge Village and to other leisure centres across the borough.This includes on and off peak monthly memberships and pay as you go options. There is also the Active One Card which allows users unlimited access to the new Stockbridge Village leisure facilities plus off peak use of other centres across the borough. For more information on current membership offers visit www.activeknowsley.com
The new Stockbridge Village Primary School has opened its doors to its first intake of pupils and is already proving popular with youngsters.
Elliot Greco is one of the pupils, he said: "I'm really excited about my new school, I think it is really cool! I do miss my old school a little bit but I much prefer the new one!"The new building, which brings together youngsters from the former Brookside and Nine Tree Primary schools, also includes a children's and family centre. The new state-of-the-art building is major part of the regeneration of Stockbridge Village centre and its opening marks a significant milestone in the project.
Steph Tomlinson has lived in the area for most of her life and is an active member of the Stockbridge Village Catalyst Group. She commented:"It has been fantastic to watch the progress on site and really great to see the school opening for youngsters. It is such an exciting time for the community and this opening is just one of a number we will see in the coming months. We just can't wait for these new facilities and buildings to be open for us to enjoy. It's just what we have always wanted!"
The multi-million pound regeneration of the area also includes the creation of a new Parry's Supermarket (opening Oct 2011) and Neighbourhood Centre (opening Spring 2012) which includes a library, swimming pool, gym & leisure facilities, community space and police access point.
Those of you living in Stockbridge Village will have seen for yourself the rapid progress that is being made to transform the village centre. The £25 million regeneration initiative by the council and its partners will deliver a new school, health, leisure and retail facilities, alongside improved landscape work and new public spacesNew primary school, library, children's centre and family centre - open Sept 2011New retail unit - open late autumn 2011New Neighbourhood Centre - open Feb 2012
Help to deter criminal activity on site
There have been a number of reported incidents of thefts and vandalism in and around the construction site in Stockbridge Village. A number of incidents have been reported including vandals have been throwing stones from The Withens and have broken glazing panels which have had to be replaced.
There have also been instances of thefts from site.As a result, the police are working closely with the construction team to deter criminal activity and residents are urged to do their bit to support this work. The community are asked to remain vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in and around the site area.
Not only are offenders risking their own health and safety by entering a building site but they are also putting in jeopardy the progress that is being made to construct the new facilities in the village centre. Residents who are concerned or observe anything of concern can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact the local neighbourhood policing team on 0151 709 6010.
Village starting to take shape
Residents in Stockbridge Village can see for themselves how well work is progressing to construct the new facilities and buildings in the village centre. The foundations are in place and steelwork across site is now up.The physical regeneration of the village centre will provide a range of new facilities and buildings. This will include a new primary school, children and family centre, new Neighbourhood Centre containing swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and leisure facilities, learning resource centre and police access point. In addition, there will also be a multi-use games area (MUGA), a new supermarket and improvements to landscaping and public open space.With work progressing rapidly on site, these new facilities will soon be ready for the entire community to enjoy.
Primary School Open September 2011New supermarket Open Autumn 2011Neighbourhood Centre Open early 2012Landscape work & new public spaces Completed Spring/Summer 2012
New Primary School and Head Teacher Named
The new primary school (opening in September) will be called "Stockbridge Village Primary School". The Temporary Governing Body for the new school is pleased to confirm that they have appointed Ms Jill Albertina as the Headteacher for the new school.Jill is currently employed as a Headteacher in another Knowsley Primary School and the Chair of Governors, Cllr Bill Weightman, said,"We are delighted with the appointment of Jill and look forward to the leadership that she will bring to both the school and the wider community. She brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to drive success for her students".
Catalyst Group Update
The Catalyst Group has grown in numbers and confidence over the months and is vibrant and enthusiastic to promote the community of Stockbridge Village. On a practical level the group has worked in partnership with officers to organise events such as Chinese New Year in February and the Celebration event in March both huge successes.
At its meeting in February the focus of the group was the regeneration of the central area of the estate. Catherine Taylor from Knowsley Council led a consultation exercise in well being and residents mapped out their considerations. Morgan Sindall attended for the first time and were very impressed by the number of residents involved.
At its latest meeting on 14th March the group reported back on the highly successful Community Celebration event and updated information about the Drama Group, the Music Workshop for young people and the weekly Girls Group. There was also a presentation on the Masterplan for Stockbridge Village and those present were advised that phase 2 is about to start with resident consultation.
If you wish to become involved please contact Patrick Goodison on 07825145068, or Pauline Coulton on 0151 443 3703 or Barbara Murray on 0151 949 5021.
Knowsley: The Borough of Choice
The Knowsley Partnership Sustainable Communities StrategyWe want Knowsley to be a dynamic, thriving area which people will love to live in, work in and visit. The Sustainable Community Strategy is the over-arching plan for the whole community which will help achieve this.Please have a look at Knowsley Council's websitefor more information including leaflets and a video.
The regeneration of Stockbridge Village Centre is continuing to progress well. Work has been underway on site for some months now and already the steel frame for the new primary school, children's and family centre is coming together.
Building work will continue on this major project which will include a new swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and leisure facilities, neighbourhood centre (including a new library and Police Access Point), primary school, children's centre and family centre, multi-use games area (MUGA) and a supermarket.Contributing to the work on site are six local apprentices who have secured employment and training opportunities with construction contractor Morgan Sindall.
Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy & Skills commented:"It is great to see such progress being made on site and the new facilities beginning to take shape. It is even more encouraging when you know that local young people are playing such a hands-on role in the creation of these new facilities and in the process, securing valuable employment opportunities."
Temporary disruption to The Withens during construction
As the regeneration of Stockbridge Village Centre progresses and construction work continues on site, there will be some unavoidable disruption to the area. This will be kept to a minimum wherever possible. However, there will on occasion be the need to temporarily close or reduce traffic flow on The Withens during the coming months, from Spruce Grove towards the rear of properties on Custley Hey. Up to date details of the planned disruption will be available on www.knowsley.gov.uk and letters will be sent to affected residents prior to any road closures taking place. Staff from contractors Morgan Sindall will be on site throughout and will facilitate access for any deliveries required to the properties on Custley Hey during the disrupted period.
Stockbridge Village regeneration gets the go ahead
The multi-million pound regeneration Stockbridge Village centre has been given the formal go ahead by Knowsley Council's Planning Committee. The committee agreed unanimously to approve the proposals that include the creation of a new swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and leisure facilities, learning resource centre, police access point, primary school, Children's Centre and Family Centre, multi-use games area (MUGA) and a supermarket.
Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy & Skills commented:"This is fantastic news and I am delighted that these ambitious plans have received the stamp of approval by the planning committee. This regeneration project will completely transform Stockbridge Village centre and provide first class facilities and spaces for the local community to enjoy.The redevelopment of Stockbridge Village has long since been a major priority for the council and we have worked extremely hard with our partners to bring to life the aspirations of the community."
Work has already begun to clear the site and prepare the area for redevelopment. Building work to construct the new facilities will commence later this month with the new primary school due to be the first completed part of the scheme in autumn 2011.
"This regeneration will make a real difference to people's lives," said Knowsley's Executive Director for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, Nick Kavanagh."We worked long and hard to find out what local people felt they needed and the planning approval means we can now realise a long held ambition to make a difference here."
"This is an exciting project for the Stockbridge Village community and we are thrilled we have been chosen to deliver these major improvements which will transform the everyday lives of residents," says Barry Roberts, Morgan Sindall area director.
"These changes will have a tremendous impact on the local economy during the construction process and upon completion by generating local job opportunities. We have considerable experience of delivering complex schemes like this and we understand the logistics involved in completing multiple phases on time and to the highest standard."
The regeneration proposals complement other development projects in the area, including an extension to the health centre and provision of a new Play Pathfinder scheme in the heart of the village centre. This work also supports activity by the council and partners to improve the everyday life experiences and opportunities for residents.Proposals include the following:Neighbourhood Centre
- 20m swimming pool suitable for use by a range of community groups including those with disabilities
- Sauna, steam and sensory room
- 4 court sports hall
- Flexible studio and community space to accommodate dance, Pilates and a range of fitness classes
- 30 station gym providing all inclusive fitness initiative equipment
- Cafeteria and public viewing area
- Dedicated youth facility
- Multi-use games area for use by the wider community
Primary School/ Learning Resource Centre/ Childrens Centre
- A single form entry primary school that will combine the existing Brookside and Nine Tree schools in a state of the art 21st century transformational learning facility
- High quality play areas including a first floor playdeck
- An early years/crèche facility for children from 0-4 years
- A dedicated children's health facility which will complement the newly refurbished health centre in Stockbridge Village due for completion in October 2010 (the refurbished building).
- Specialist treatment rooms including a sensory pod and dedicated space for health practitioners
- The Learning resource centre will be attached to both the Neighbourhood Centre and Primary school and provide a new library facility. The Library will include dedicated children's learning space and include Wifi internet access available for community access.
- The scheme will also include a dedicated police access point which will serve as a base for community policing within Stockbridge Village
A brand new circa 8,000sft retail facility will be provided on the Croft retail parade replacing the existing facility off Denes Way
The project to regenerate Stockbridge Village Centre and provide new facilities for residents is continuing to progress well. The council has now officially appointed a contractor - Morgan Sindall - to complete this project and already the proposals are beginning to take shape.The demolition of Heatwaves is now complete and the new Play Pathfinder facilities are already being well used by local young people. In the coming months work will continue on the extension to the health centre and to prepare the wider site for the new primary school, neighbourhood centre and other facilities to be built.
Cllr Bill Weightman from Knowsley Council commented:"It's a really exciting time for the residents in Stockbridge Village. After months of hard work and planning, this project is now really beginning to take shape and hopefully people will be able to start seeing the progress for themselves.The council's work to improve the physical appearance and facilities available in the area is only one part of a wider initiative with Villages Housing and other partners to make real improvements to Stockbridge Village, for the benefit of the community both now and in the future."Updates on the project will be provided regularly through this website, the Villages newsletter, Our Times, and via the council's Knowsley News magazine.
As you will be aware, Knowsley Council and partners, including Villages Housing, are committed to a £25 million regeneration programme of Stockbridge Village for the benefit of residents, both now and in the future.As part of this, Heatwaves closed in January and demolition of the building commenced in early March. Once demolished, the site will make way for a brand new school, scheduled to open in September 2011.You may have attended one of the consultation and exhibition events, accessed the improved Knowsley Works facilities or spotted one of Stockbridge Village's Police Community Support Officers out and about in the area. Most recently you will have seen work commence on site to demolish Heatwaves, and also to create a new play area.
The demolition of Heatwaves is taking place between 8.00 am - 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, and is due to be complete in May 2010. This is essential preparation work for the redevelopment of the central area. Knowsley Council is working with the contractor, J Freely Ltd, to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.If you require any further information regarding the demolition, please contact Ian Lynch at Knowsley Council on 0151 443 3081.
Play Path Finder
You may have seen work on site to create new state-of-the-art play facilities right in the heart of the village centre. The new Play Pathfinder project will be open to the public by the end of March and provide a range of facilities specially designed for young people aged 8 to 13 years old.The new facilities will include a 13-metre tower with two slides, climbing frame, two large swings and landscaping features including earth mounds, natural boulders and wildflower planting.Younger members of the community will also be catered for with a special play area that includes a climbing frame, seesaw and sand digger.The design of the new play facilities follows detailed consultation with local children, school visits and specially organised play sessions.The Play Pathfinder project is part of a wider initiative to improve the physical appearance of the area, enhance facilities available and improve everyday life for residents.Residents of Stockbridge Village attended an exhibition event on Tuesday 16th March that showcased new images of the major regeneration project that is set to the village centre.The multi-million pound plans include the creation of a new swimming pool, state of the art gym and leisure facilities, a learning resource centre, primary school, children's centre and family centre, outdoor play facilities, a multi-use games area (MUGA) and a supermarket.In addition, there are plans for enhanced bus facilities and work is already underway to extend the health centre.The exhibition event, organised by Knowsley Council, was well attended by the community, both young and old, who came along to take their own glimpse into the future for their area.
Stockbridge ward Councillor Bill Weightman commented:"It's been a really exciting and positive event and it was a great opportunity for the community to come together and view the plans, new images and scale model. It's often hard for people to really visualise what the completed development will look like and the impact it will have on their area. We hope this event has helped with that and given the community a real feel for how this project will improve the village centre."
The exhibition included a scale model, plan and moving imagery of the new village centre. In addition, artist's impressions were on display to give people an idea of how the new buildings and public space will look.Those attending were able to meet with the people involved in making this project happen, including the architects and representatives from the council and partner organisations including the Police, Knowsley Works and Villages Housing.They were also given the opportunity to provide any additional feedback or comments they may have on the plans.
Nick Kavanagh, Executive Director for Regeneration, Economy & Skills is leading the project, he commented:"The feedback from residents has been great and there is real enthusiasm and excitement in the area to see these plans come to life. The support from the community from day one has been fantastic and local people have played such an important role in shaping these plans."Work has already begun to create the new Play Pathfinder facilities, clear the former Heatwaves site and extend the health centre in Stockbridge Village. This work will continue and regular updates provided to the community and via this website.
As you will all remember, Knowsley Council shared initial plans for the regeneration of Stockbridge Village with residents at the end of last year. Since then, the Council has been working with our partners to develop these plans and secure the funding needed to make meaningful and significant changes to the area.
Cllr Bill Weightman commented "Delivering a project of this size in the current economic climate is an ambitious challenge for the Council and its partners. However, this project has the potential to transform Stockbridge Village and, for that reason, we are grasping this opportunity and working hard to ensure we deliver the improvements that the community wants and deserves."
The large-scale plans to regenerate Stockbridge Village include the provision of a new swimming pool and leisure facilities, neighbourhood centre, library, primary school with family centre and nursery, outdoor play area, all-weather pitches, improved retail facility and a well lit and connected centre for the village.Work will commence on site this autumn, with a view to all facilities being open by September 2011.
Residents will be kept informed throughout the development process with regular newsletters, updates in Our Times and Knowsley News, information on Knowsley Council's website www.knowsley.gov.uk and community consultation events.In addition, regular updates and information will be fed through to Community Association and Stockbridge Network meetings.
Stockbridge Village Residents have given the "thumbs up" to proposals for the redevelopment of the area, as part of a multi-million pound project. Almost 150 residents attended an event held by Knowsley Council, in November 2008, to get a first glimpse of how the new village centre might look and what new facilities are planned. They were then given the opportunity to provide their comments and feedback.The response was overwhelmingly positive with 94% of people asked stating that the improvements outlined will add things to the area that it needs and make Stockbridge Village a better place to live.
Cllr Bill Weightman said,"We are really pleased by the response we have had from local people and delighted to see so many residents excited about the future of their area. Developing Stockbridge Village, both physically and socially, is a priority for Knowsley Council and its partners, and this positive feedback from residents gives us the mandate we need to forge ahead with making real improvements to the area."
This latest consultation follows an event held in March 2007 when residents were asked what they wanted to see from a new and improved Stockbridge Village. Residents' comments and views were collated and a number of specific needs and wants identified.
The Stockbridge Village Regeneration Project Board was then established and a multi-million pound proposal developed to fulfil the needs of the community.
Knowsley Council have proposed:
- A real centre for the village;
- A brand new swimming pool;
- A new gym and sports hall;
- A new hub building with library, cafe and community space;
- New multi-use games area and pitches;
- A new primary school with children's centre and nursery;
- An improved retail offer;
- A new outdoor play area;
- Well lit and well connected centre;
- Open and inviting building layout; and
- New sporting activities for young people in the gym, sports hall and all-weather pitches.
94% of residents agree the plans will make Stockbridge Village a better place to live.94% of residents think the plans will add things to the area that it needs.96% of residents are looking forward to work getting underway.3 out of 4 people agree that the plans meet their expectations.It is hoped that work on this project will start sometime in 2009.