In response to the call from Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to support the people and businesses affected by the New Ferry explosion, Liverpool based regeneration developer, Ion Property Developments Limited, has pledged support to get the area back on its feet by offering to help the Metro Mayor and the Leader of Wirral Council, inform and shape a deliverable regeneration plan for the town centre.
As well as committing to support the development of an ambitious plan for New Ferry the Liverpool City Region authority announced it would pledge £20,000 to the disaster relief fund created by local charity, New Beginnings, which will contribute to the short-term relief and the human impact of the explosion.
Managing Director of Ion, Steve Parry, lives locally to New Ferry and was all too aware that the centre was suffering before the disaster and needed significant regeneration.
Steve said: ‘As a regular customer, I know that some of the businesses destroyed in the blast such as Griffiths, butchers and Lan’s House Chinese restaurant, were some of the most appealing and appreciated businesses in the town. We need to look at how New Ferry can become a vibrant sustainable place for people to live, shop and spend their leisure time. New Ferry has suffered greatly from the growth of out of town retail parks which have influenced a change in shopping habits. We want to offer our help, advice and support to help turn this terrible disaster into a new beginning for New Ferry.’
Ion Property Developments, formerly Neptune Developments, are well-known experts in regeneration, currently working on the Lime Street area in Liverpool. They previously donated their expertise and resources to develop the Rhys Jones Community Centre in Croxteth. Ion also has a long established track record of regeneration on the Wirral.
The specialist developers will be able to contribute their extensive expertise to devise a strategic masterplan for the area and offer their support to the public-sector partners who are also hoping to regenerate New Ferry.