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Leader's blog November 2017

As the run-up towards Christmas starts I was pleased to see that Amazon is recruiting for more than 1,000 seasonal positions at its Omega site over the Christmas period.

The workers will join the 1,200 full-time employees at the company's fulfilment centre, which launched its operations last month, to help to pick, pack and ship festive orders.
There was also good news for The Base centre as the business hub for advanced manufacturing and engineering signed up five new tenants.
Warrington & Co, has confirmed deals with Meritec, Swan IT, Redwood Bank, Simple Solutions and Olive Construction. It has also been confirmed that a further four offices are now under negotiation.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is asking Warrington residents for their views on revised proposals for constituency boundaries.
Following a decision by Parliament to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK to 600 from 650, the BCE is conducting a third and final consultation to inform the review of all English constituencies.
Changes to Warrington North and South boundaries affecting Latchford have been put forward as part of the review.
Proposals and maps for the nine English regions, including the North West, have been published by the BCE and an eight-week public consultation period is now open until 11 December 2017.
For more information, visit the council website: https://www.warrington.gov.uk/news/article/2514/last_chance_to_have_your_say_on_constituency_boundaries
Two road improvement schemes in Warrington are now set to go ahead after Warrington Borough Council scooped millions of pounds of government funding.
The council has been awarded £7.36 million for two schemes at Omega and Birchwood that will cost up to £10.31 million.
Warrington’s funding success was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as one of 76 traffic ‘pinchpoint’ projects from across the country have been awarded funding totalling £244 million.
The Omega Highway Gateways project will widen junctions at Burtonwood Road/Kingswood Road  Lingley Green Avenue/A57 Liverpool Road (Trigger Pond) to increase capacity and reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety. Warrington East Phase 3 will see an upgrade of the eastern gateway into Warrington and the Birchwood Enterprise Zone. The project consists of new traffic signals on Junction 11 of the M62 and the partial widening of the A574 Birchwood Way to reduce peak hour traffic congestion and improve road safety.
Work is already under way on developing each of the schemes. Consultation is already in progress on the Omega Highway Gateways Junction 1 (Burtonwood Road/Kingswood Road)  and the potential for a Warrington East Phase 3 was part of the Warrington East Phase 2 consultation which took place over the summer.
Work is also due to start soon on the Warrington West station which will help connect the west of the borough with Manchester and Liverpool.
Walton Hall and Gardens has been nominated for 'UK's best park 2017' and there's still time to vote - voting closes on November 3rd.
Follow this link to vote and don't forget to verify your vote - http://www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/northwest#Walton-Hall-Gardens
Steve Peddie has been appointed to the post of Executive Director, Families and Wellbeing, subject to full council approval.
It follows a two day assessment centre along with the Chief Officer Employment Panel.
The decision will be recommended to the full council meeting on 4 December 2017.
Redwood Bank The Base in the Stadium Quarter, was opened at a special ceremony at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Redwood Bank Warrington provides loans to business owners in the area, secured on their commercial property, together with loans to professional landlords, secured on their residential or commercial investment properties.
It has also launched Best Buy online notice savings accounts for businesses, clubs, societies, associations and charities.
Warrington Borough council’s neighbourhoods team is running its Christmas Toy Appeal for the fifth year.
Last year the toy appeal brightened up the festive season for 250 children in the borough and the team are is asking for donations to be given to deserving children and families in the local area.
Donations of new toys, gift vouchers, sweets, toiletries and new nightwear are all accepted. All donations should be suitable for children aged up to 16, with each gift being wrapped by the team and distributed ready to be put under the Christmas tree.
Residents can drop off donations at Orford Community Hub, on Festival Avenue; or Contact Warrington, on Horsemarket Street.