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July 2017 blog

It was heartening to see another example of the work done in the borough being recognised nationally. This time a survey showed that Warrington was the fourth best place in the country (and the best in the north) to look for a job. This is the latest in a

I’m also pleased to see that we have retained our prestigious AA2 credit rating according to Moody’s. Despite the negative outlook nationally and the uncertainty caused by Brexit and a minority government Warrington continues to punch above its weight.

The level of public and private sector investment in the town centre delivering retail, leisure, residential and office facilities is already transforming the core of the town for generations to come. I am confident that our vision of creating a vibrant, welcoming, diverse and family friendly town centre is well on the way to being achieved.

Following the approval granted at the meeting of the Council's Executive Board in May, we will shortly be announcing the contractor who will complete the final phase of Time Square. This transformational development in our town centre will initially see the demolition of the existing market building, followed by the construction of the cinema, restaurants, final market building and the Council offices along with the public space realm. This following the eagerly anticipated relocation of Warrington Market to its temporary location at the end of August and the continued construction of the impressive multi-storey car park on Academy Way. I am pleased that this development is having such a catalytic effect in driving private sector investment in our town centre, something we are seeing evidence of in the immediate vicinity of Time Square itself.

The recent press coverage of new lettings at the business incubator and The Base situated in the Stadium Quarter was most welcome. I know more lettings are due shortly and the building is becoming something of a hub for several business networks in the area as the facilities available are unrivalled in the town centre. I am also very pleased to see the Youth Zone plan is progressing well.  This wonderful facility will benefit young people across the community. 

The council has been successful in securing funding to produce a business case for the Warrington Waterfront Western Link – a new relief road to the south-west of the town centre connecting Chester Road in Walton with Great Sankey. A shortlist of 6 route options has now been identified and we are about to undertake an extensive 4-week public consultation to gather views that will inform the business case. A preferred route will be chosen by the council in November and this will be submitted to the Department for Transport who will then make a decision whether to fund the scheme. This is one of many infrastructure projects that will hopefully alleviate traffic congestion in Warrington, which is something we are determined to achieve, whilst delivering our ambitious plans for the town.