The Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has been learning more about the work Warrington is doing to transform its town centre.

The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP visited Warrington yesterday to find out about the major town centre investment programme being carried out by the council and partners.

The Minister was welcomed by the Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead and was accompanied by Warrington South MP, Andy Carter.

During her visit she was shown a presentation setting out the council’s 20 year ‘town centre masterplan’ vision. She also toured a range of town centre housing sites and visited the The Base on Dallam Lane.

The Minister finished her visit with a look around Academy Way, a new housing scheme, being delivered by Torus Housing, in partnership with the council.

Council leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “These are exciting times for Warrington so I’m delighted we have had the opportunity to welcome the Minister here to show her the range of investment projects currently underway, which are changing the face of our town centre for the better and the future.

Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead, said: “This year is going to be a hugely significant one for Warrington, as our rejuvenated town centre really begins to take shape. It was good to hear the Minister describe the town as the diamond between two large cities.”

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The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, with Andy Carter MP, visiting the new housing development on Academy Street, Warrington.