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The Leader's blog, April 2013

Hello and welcome to my latest blog.

Our town recently marked the 20th anniversary of the Warrington bombing. Thousands of people united in Bridge Street on Saturday 16 March for a civic commemoration ceremony, followed the next day by a St Patricks Day parade which saw members of a local Irish club lay tributes at the River of Life memorial. A minute’s silence was also observed on Wednesday 20 March at 12.27pm in Bridge Street and a large number of residents joined us for this.

I think the events of the last few weeks have shown to the world that the people of Warrington will stand strong together and although we will never forget what happened twenty years ago, we will not let that impact on our future.

Last week I attended and spoke at an event on the Omega site celebrating Brakes as the first occupier. It’s been fantastic to announce developments on the site and there will be more to come in 2013 so keep an eye out. I also officially opened the new Penketh Police Station in March alongside John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire. I hope the new neighbourhood centre will have a really positive effect on the community and will enable police to better tackle crime in the area.

I’m looking forward to joining the Play and Sensory Centre on Tuesday 2 April in support of World Autism Awareness Day. I’ll be with them for a special blue themed session to tie in with national awareness campaign ‘Light it up blue’. If you’re in the town centre on Tuesday night stop by the town hall on Sankey Street to see it lit up blue in commemoration of the day.

In Digital Strategy developments, Warrington Registrar’s Office has recently launched an online service so that residents can now order copies of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates through the council website, and also make an appointment online to register a birth or death.

The Families Information Service has given their web directory a makeover and is relaunching the new www.warringtonyouth.org on Tuesday 9 April with an event at Orford Youth Base. The new directory is designed for 11- 19 year olds and for those who work with young people. It provides online advice and support on issues today such as health, careers, family and relationships, employment and schools.

The exciting ‘Wire 2 Wolves’ project will be unveiled on Saturday 13 April at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Celebrating the heritage of the town and the Warrington Wolves’ club history, a large graphic timeline will run the length of the stadium, find out more on the Wolves Foundation website.

And finally another fantastic regeneration project for the town was confirmed at March’s full council - the multi-million pound Stadium Quarter scheme will bring life to a site just north of the town centre. The vision is for a vibrant mixed-use development compromising educational, business, leisure and housing, creating nearly 4,000 new jobs when completed in 2014.

Warrington has had a tremendous 2013 so far and I will do everything I can to continue and build upon that success.

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