£100,000 windfall revealed for Walmer Bridge improvements

Councillors David Southers, Colin Coulton and John Rainsbury outside Walmer Bridge shops

Councillors David Southers, Colin Coulton and John Rainsbury outside Walmer Bridge shops

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Walmer Bridge is set for a long-awaited £100,000 make-over.

Work could start as early as summer on the village improvements which will focus around the shops in Liverpool Old Road.

The cash injection was included in the council’s Capital Budget presented to the Cabinet on Wednesday and joins Leyland town centre which is also set to benefit from £290,000 of investment.

Similar schemes have already been announced under the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal for Penwortham, Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall, and work is well underway in Longton.

Cabinet member Coun Phil Smith said: “We are at the very early stages of the process, but now the money has been included in the budget we’ll really be able to push forward and start to see the results.”

He added: “It’s very important to the council that these projects are shaped by the communities at the very heart of the borough as it will benefit them for generations to come.”

Initial proposals for Walmer Bridge will be displayed at the next Neighbourhood Forum being held at the village hall on Monday, March 9 from 7-8pm.

Chair of the Western Parishes Neighbourhood Forum, Coun Colin Coulton said: “This is tremendous news for Walmer Bridge and something I have been campaigning hard for for many years alongside my fellow ward councillors.

“This is a substantial amount of money which will really enhance the village centre to make Walmer Bridge an even better place to live, work and play.”

Walmer Bridge Coun David Suthers said: “I’ve lived here all my life and this is something we’ve been asking for for a long while. It’s very welcome news for the area.”