The government has awarded £5.5m to Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone so that the site can be prepared and readied for jobs and investment. It will also see the addition of thousands of new homes, which will see a great deal of work created for joiners and builders in the Wirral.

It is among 13 Enterprise Zones to which the Local Infrastructure Fund awarded funding. The money given to Tower Road South in Heswall will fund preparation of the site so that it can be used for a variety of reasons, which include a college with offshore energy links.

The finance awarded for Beaufort Road and Poulton Bridge Road is to be used for improving roads that lie nearby to the intended International Trade Centre, as well as to help in preparing the area for property development.

Phil Davies, council leader for the Wirral, said:

“This latest funding from Government is a huge boost for the Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone.”

“A lot of work is required to prepare this largely derelict docklands area in readiness for the building of thousands of new homes and businesses.”

The latest cash injection is just one of a number of bids made to the Government that are being prepared. If successful, they will come to over £20m and speed up work on preparation at Wirral Waters.

Peel, the property development firm working in partnership with the council, said that over 14,000 homes and 20,000 jobs will be created by Wirral Waters in around the Birkenhead docklands.