5th August 2020

Public consultation launched for former Cronton colliery site

Plans for a new employment area and country park on the site of the former Cronton Colliery in Knowsley will be open for public consultation.

Working with the The Land Trust, we are seeking views on the proposals for Symmetry Park Merseyside, a one million sq ft employment site and for the creation of a 65-acre Country Park. The plans include a new pedestrian and cycle route, which will run along the abandoned mineral railway line, providing a safe and convenient travel route and connecting the towns and villages to the north and south of the M62 to the new Country Park.

A website to support the consultation programme and gather views has been launched at www.symmetryparkmerseyside.co.uk and those interested in hearing more about the project can also register to join a live webinar event with the project team by e-mailing contact@symmetryparkmerseyside.co.uk to reserve a place.  For anyone who does not have online access or to a computer, the project team can also be contacted by telephone on 0151 640 0362 or by writing to FREEPOST UK NETWORKS to request further information.

The consultation has been publicised via local media and social media, a press advert and a resident notice has been sent to circa 2,500 residences and businesses in the local area.

Matt Claxton, planning director, commented: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to rejuvenate this disused colliery and, in doing so, create hundreds of new jobs as well as a stunning wildlife habitat for future generations to enjoy. We have been really encouraged by the positive feedback following the initial announcement about the plans for the Cronton Colliery site and hope many more people will take a look and let us know their thoughts. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we have put in place a number of safe ways in which the public can find out about the plans and provide their feedback.”

Euan Hall, Chief Executive at the Land Trust continued: “The Country Park will hugely benefit the people of Knowsley and so it’s imperative that they contribute to its creation. The sustainable elements of the scheme, including the cycle paths and wildlife areas are key to its success and we look forward to considering the public’s views to help inform the planning application which will be submitted at the end of the month.”

Located east of Junction 6 of the M62, the sites form part of the Halsnead Garden Village Sustainable Urban Extension (HSUE) which represents part of the wider vision for the Halsnead Garden Village.

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