Each and every THI needs a Partnership Board to make sure the overall direction of the THI and its grant offers are right for the town.
These Partnership Boards are made up of the different funding partners of the THI and local business, community and heritage interests. They meet throughout the lifetime of the THI to receive updates on progress and make recommendations.
Prescot’s THI is no exception to this. Its Board membership has been agreed with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who is the biggest funder of the Prescot THI. The Prescot Board is made up of representatives of the following organisations / interests:
Knowsley Chamber of Commerce
Knowsley Community College
Knowsley Hall and Estate
Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT)
Knowsley Visitor Economy Network
Liverpool John Moores University
North West Heritage Skills Academy
Prescot-based Estate Agent
Prescot-based Property Developer
Prescot Heritage Hub
Prescot Town Team Partnership
This is a mixture of public, private and voluntary interests, and each person will bring their own knowledge, experience and insights to the Board so that the assessments of THI progress and grant applications will help achieve the heritage-led regeneration of Prescot Town Centre. All of the Board members are volunteering their time and energy to the project, so I cannot thank everyone enough for assisting in the way they have.
The First Board Meeting
The first Board meeting is due to be held tomorrow (9 October), and among the items on the agenda are four outline grant applications. I will be reporting all of these applications to the Board.
This is great news given that it can take two or more years for THI’s to drum up grant applications from interested property owners. It shows there is a real appetite to get the town centre’s buildings fully occupied, in good condition and restored to their former glory. This can only make Prescot a better place to visit or shop in.
I will report the outcomes of this first meeting via this Blog once the minutes of the meeting have been agreed by the Board.
The Board will meet regularly throughout the five-year lifetime of the THI to assess key projects and actions of the THI. There will also be sub-groups covering the building, employment and community strands of the THI that will each feed back to the Board. These sub-groups are due to hold their first meetings in the near future.
The Next Blog Entry
The outcomes of the first Partnership Board meeting and the status of the first four outline grant applications. :-)