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The Leader's Blog - August 2015

Hello and welcome to my August blog.

I was delighted to be elected as chair of the North West Regional Leader’s Board in July and will hold the post for three years. The board provides a united voice for the North West of England on key issues on the national and regional stage, and I will use my time as chair to make a strong case to Government on issues that affect our region. Warrington is a high growth location and we are ideally located to understand the challenges and opportunities the region faces.

August is a busy month and I am really looking forward to the opening of the new bowls pavilion and café in Bank Park and the annual civic bowling event later this month. It will make a real difference having the bowling greens back in use and residents can appreciate one of our many treasured attractions.

This brings me nicely on to more celebrations for our parks and green spaces. Just over a week ago we received the fantastic news that 11 of our parks and green spaces have scooped the prestigious, national Green Flag award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

With Pixie Lott as the headline act what’s not to love about the upcoming Warrington Festival. There are only a few weeks to go until the brilliant festival in September and I would encourage all our residents to come along. There is a three week long programme of events for everyone to enjoy focussing on sport, culture, leisure, entertainment and physical activity. The festival will showcase our town and will encourage more visitors to the town. There are about 3,000 tickets available so don’t miss out. Visit the website to find out more.

We have hit some major milestones this month with our innovative regeneration plans. The business incubator is now complete and it’s official - the UTC Warrington is under construction. A ground breaking ceremony took place at the beginning of the month to mark the start of this ambitious project. The UTC is critical to addressing our skills gap and it will be a superb facility for the town and will equip our young people with the essential skills necessary to build careers in our growing energy and engineering sectors.

The development of the Omega site continues and the extension of Skyline Drive has been completed and will initially open for commercial internal traffic but will eventually be opened up for normal traffic to access M62 without having to use Burtonwood Road.

The demolition works at Times Square are going well. We are hoping to have the site cleared and levelled in time to provide extra parking over the Christmas period to encourage more visitors to the market and works will be postponed during Christmas to minimise disruption to trade in the town.

And finally, stunning photographs of Warrington are being sent to the council by proud residents, as part of a new digital campaign called #snapwarrington.

People are being encouraged to send in their shots via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram with the best ones shared across the council’s social media sites.

The theme for July and August is summer fun so residents can send pictures via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest orInstagram using the hashtag #SnapWarrington – we look forward to seeing them!