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St Helens Borough Council and its strategic development partner the English Cities Fund (ECF) are bringing forward ambitious plans to restore Earlestown to its rightful status as a thriving market town.


These proposals will strengthen the town’s offering, by creating spaces that residents, local businesses and visitors can make greater use of and enjoy. This includes creating a more animated, attractive, and flexible market square and returning the historic Town Hall to its rightful place as a community hub, alongside accessibility and environmental improvements.

The vision for Earlestown town centre has been informed by public consultation, the objectives set out within the Conservation Management Plan and the following key objectives:

Thriving centre

Creating a sustainable, accessible, and connected town centre.

A place for all

To provide a healthy and community- focused town centre with high-quality spaces and places for independent businesses and community functions to thrive.

Pride in place

Positively changing perceptions of the town.

Built on heritage

To build on the success of the historic market, encouraging more creatives and independent businesses to establish themselves within Earlestown.

Future town

To deliver a diverse, vibrant and animated town centre that responds to the changing nature of the high-street.

Built for living

Promoting high quality town centre living.

You said, we listened

In winter 2023, ECF and St Helens Borough Council carried out an extensive public consultation which drew more than 240 people to public exhibitions and feedback sessions across Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows and Wargrave.


The responses demonstrated high levels of support for each individual aspect of the proposals.


Of people stated that they were in favour of the proposed new Market Canopy


Were supportive of plans to refurbish and reopen Earlestown’s historic Town Hall


Of respondents stated that they believed the plans would benefit the town with more than two-thirds (68%) saying that they were likely to spend more time in Earlestown as a result

Get in touch


For investor opportunities and more information please contact: gdp@sthelens.gov.uk


Download a summary of the plans here