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Work starts on redevelopment of New Ferry explosion site

Redevelopment of the site of a devastating explosion in Wirral is set to get underway.

Work starts on Monday August 3 on the former properties, 41-43 Bebington Road, New Ferry.

This was the location of the major gas explosion in March 2017.

The new works will remove the remaining concrete floor slab and foundations of the buildings, which had been previously demolished following the explosion.

The site will then be cleared and levelled so it can be used by the local community including for events until the land is redeveloped in the future. These works are expected to take four weeks.

The council has worked closely with the community on a regeneration plan for the town centre and will be seeking to appoint a development partner later in the year.

Almost £1.3m has been set aside by the council to buy key sites in the town centre as part of the development of a masterplan for its regeneration, and in addition to the £400,000 the local authority had already spent on recovery efforts.

Last year Wirral Council made £200,000 available for those most affected by the explosion, as well as bidding to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for cash to help the town centre.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Pat Hackett, said: “New Ferry has been a major priority for this Council and I’m pleased to see more steps forward on the redevelopment of the town centre.

“We have ambitious plans for the town and I’m pleased that residents, business owners and visitors to New Ferry will be seeing changes there.”

Recently the local authority applied to the Government’s Future High Streets fund to support regeneration in New Ferry and is expecting a decision on its application early in the autumn.