Emerging Central 6 vision showcased

central six Published: Thursday, 4th July 2019

Local people are given a final opportunity to view and shape the 30-year plan to build a happier, healthier future for Central Warrington.

Nearly 2,000 local people have so far fed their ideas into developing the new Central 6 Regeneration Masterplan, at a number of events over the last six months. 

Now, Warrington Borough Council and its partners are seeking the public’s views on the fully developed Central 6 plans and proposals in a final series of engagement events during July.

The masterplan provides a new vision to build a thriving future for Warrington’s central wards, with eight key areas for action:

•    Inclusive, safer, greener streets
•    Active Waterside
•    Well connected, affordable movement
•    People-friendly parks and public spaces
•    Investment in local community hubs and facilities
•    Inclusive neighbourhoods and housing
•    Inclusive economy
•    Community empowerment and action

The plan is built on principles of inclusivity, social value and responding to the impact of climate change. 

It includes a focus on the main routes into Warrington, with plans to reduce congestion, increase space for cycling and walking, introduce more greenery and improve air quality.

It also focuses on creating "Home Zones", with safe streets in neighbourhoods, as well as providing improved access to the riverside, developing an attractive area, with accessible walkways and activity points.

Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “The Central 6 regeneration masterplan is really coming together now, thanks in no small part to the fantastic input from the community. Together, we are developing a plan which we believe will build a thriving future for the central wards of Warrington.

“These special events give everyone the chance to see how all of the ideas and priorities shared since last November are connecting together to make the Central 6 area a happier, healthier place. Please come along to the events, share your thoughts and help us finalise this important plan.” 

There is a role for a wide range of organisations, groups and individuals to help deliver the plan. As well as big partners like the council, Torus and other public sector agencies, there will be the opportunity for local businesses, residents and community organisations to make a major contribution to support the vision to make Central Warrington a happier, healthier, more prosperous place.

The special events take place as follows:

•    Thursday 11 July – 5.30pm – 7pm, Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way, WA2 8HE: Evening preview presentation
•    Friday 12 July – 9am-7pm, Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way, WA2 8HE: Staffed drop-in exhibition
•    Saturday 13 July – 10am-4pm, Warrington Market Hall, Bank Street, WA1 2EN: Staffed drop-in exhibition
•    17-24 July, The Gateway, 89 Sankey Street, WA1 1SR: Masterplan exhibition display

For more information about the Central 6 area regeneration masterplan, visit warrington.gov.uk and search for ‘Central 6’. You can also find out more by visiting the Central 6 Facebook page at Fb.me/central6masterplan, or the blog at Central6masterplan.tumblr.com

About the Central 6 Regeneration Masterplan

•    The Central 6 regeneration masterplan aims to guide development and investments in the central wards for the next 30 years. The main wards covered are Bewsey and Whitecross, Fairfield and Howley, Orford, Latchford East, Latchford West and Poplars and Hulme.

•    Local people have been placed at the heart of the development of the plans from the start, with a series of consultation events being held since November 2018, along with an online survey, enabling people to share their views.

•    The survey found that nine out of ten people supported the vision of making “a safer, cleaner, greener and healthier Central 6 area that is fully connected to the future prosperity of Warrington.”

•    More than 150 ideas for action have been brought forward by residents, including suggestions for improved facilities and amenities, measures to reduce congestion and improve air quality, better use of green spaces, measures to increase safety and more.