Parkside Colliery Partnership strikes investment deal

Published March 2023

The partnership behind the multimillion-pound transformation of the derelict Parkside Colliery site in Newton-le-Willows has struck a “ground-breaking” deal to maximise the investment’s impact on local communities.

Parkside Regeneration LLP – the joint venture between Langtree and St Helens Council – has appointed St Helens Chamber to implement a youth and business engagement programme across the construction lifetime of the project.

Expected outputs cover meet the buyer events and apprenticeships, as well as training opportunities, school visits and a range of low carbon initiatives.

Lisa Harris, St Helens Borough Council executive director for place, said: “Parkside is a truly transformational project for St Helens Borough and is now moving from vision into reality.

“The aim of this appointment is to ensure the development delivers true social value for the borough, to provide quality jobs and opportunities for our residents and businesses.”

John Downes, chairman of Parkside Regeneration and group chief executive of Langtree, added:

“From day one of the planning process seven years ago we committed to ensuring that Parkside delivers real value to the communities of St Helens borough. It’s payback time now and I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Chamber chief executive Tracy Mawson said:

“The Parkside board is determined that we clearly address the needs of local communities and ensure the outcomes from the development are felt as widely as possible.”