Back to main website

The Leader's Blog - August 2014

Hello and welcome to my August blog.

What a night Proms in the Park was! Even, if you weren’t there, you will have probably noticed the Big Top in Bank Park, where on Saturday 19 July the council and 75 Engineers Regiment held a Proms event to commemorate the First World War and celebrate Warrington’s strong link with the armed forces. The big band music was fantastic and there was a real buzz. I thought it was exceptional and linked in nicely with the annual music festival that same weekend.  The Big Top also hosted the festival’s opening event the day before. This was a really successful weekend for Warrington. Thank you to everyone who came along and made it special, I hope you enjoyed yourselves.

In my previous blog I mentioned that I would be attending the first meeting of the North of England electrification taskforce on 3 July. This project will invest £2bn into our railways and it was a really interesting meeting. It’s important for us to be involved in this project as our economy, profile and ambitious plans for Warrington will be enhanced by improved connections across towns and cities in the north.

Talking of regeneration, Bridge Street and Time Square plans are taking shape nicely. A planning application will be submitted in August and work will start on site in January, which will minimise disruption to trade over the Christmas period. Plans are also progressing very well for the University Technical College (UTC). A new principal, Catherine Collier, has been appointed and public meetings have taken place for potential parents and students to find out more and to meet Catherine. We will be appointing a contractor for the UTC and work will start on site very soon.

We were able to tell Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State, all about our regeneration plans when he came to Warrington on Monday 28 July. He visited the Omega site and discussed the £12.5million Local Growth Fund allocation which has been given to Warrington for key infrastructure projects including the junction eight improvements planned for the site.

Just last week, we were delighted to announce that the council has appointed contractor ISG to construct its new £8.5 million Business Incubator on the Stadium Quarter. This state of the art business facility will be a great asset for the town with up to 100 SMEs (small to medium enterprises) located in the building. We held a very positive ‘meet the buyers’ event so that local businesses, suppliers and contractors could get involved in the many opportunities available.

I attended the Local Government Association conference at the beginning of July where the topic of the day was how councils are finding innovative ways to save and make money. I was invited to give a presentation about how here in Warrington we are leading the renaissance, by growing our economy to create more jobs thus protecting our communities, and also finding new ways of working during these tough financial times. It went really well, there was standing room only, and I had some fruitful discussions with local government colleagues afterwards.

As we are now in holiday season here’s hoping for more good weather. There is certainly lots of information on our website about things to do to keep the children entertained and whether you are staying in Warrington or are heading off abroad, stay safe and have a great summer.

Share and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.