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Leader's Blog - July 2018

The good weather seemed to have temporarily disappeared just as England exited the World Cup – but at least it was a lovely day for Walking Day – no need for brollies!

We have launched our bid to host matches in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and we’re very confident after the success of the 2013 event when we hosted Samoa.

Samoa were very complimentary about the support they received and I’m sure the children at Latchford St James won’t forget the day that the team visited and performed their version of the Haka – the Siva Tau. It was such a positive experience and was great for the borough in many ways.

Warrington & Co is leading a group of local stakeholders in exploring the commercial opportunities. A sub-meeting has already been held with local hoteliers to identify how Warrington can meet the demand for accommodation throughout the tournament.

Warrington & Co were also involved in the Warrington Business Awards as they and Redwood Bank were the headline sponsors. More than 400 guests congratulated the winners at what was a significant display of business and commerce in Warrington. Golden Square, Warrington Wolves and Stanley Engineering Fastening were three of the winners on the night.

In other business news the Warrington Business Exchange continues to grow. The Exchange provides access to the local business community by signposting events from other networks while adding exclusive content in areas such as Data Protection, Cyber Security and Economic Briefings.

After just 10 weeks of trading, Ground Level Services became the 100th Business Exchange member at the beginning of June. This means that the organisation is on course to meet its membership target for 2018.

Planning was approved in May for the construction of a private residential development next to Warrington Central Station. The High Street Group will be investing £56m in a 362 apartment block, including 800 car parking spaces. John Street will be let as PRS (Private Rented Sector). This will coincide with the next phase of the Stadium Quarter development, following the building of the Base and University Technical College in 2015/16.

Town centre accommodation creates demand for local shops, bars and restaurants and therefore helps with wider regeneration. John Street will complement the recent £5m Kings Court apartment development and help attract further residential investments.

In other development news we will shortly be completing the work on Junction 8 of the M62 which we jointly funded with Highways England and the Local Enterprise Partnership. Our focus has always been to make sure we have the infrastructure to cope with the growth of our commercially vibrant borough.

We celebrated Local Democracy Week at the beginning of the month by focussing on the role of women in democracy – to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage. I am proud that women are so well represented on our executive board and that we now have both a female mayor and a female deputy mayor.

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