‘Build new vil­lage in place of va­cant eye­sore’

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

A RUN­CORN busi­ness­woman has said a pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage should be moved from Run­corn Hill and in­stead be built in the place of a va­cant eye­sore.

He­len Pass, of Homes­mart Let­tings, writ­ing in her Run­corn Prop­erty Blog, said the 45-prop­erty vil­lage should be con­structed where for­mer gov­ern­ment build­ing East Lane House stands.

She called for the derelict of­fice’s de­mo­li­tion as part of the project.

Mrs Pass, who has lived in Run­corn for 20 years, told the Weekly News that East Lane House has been an ‘eye­sore’ for all those years and longer.

The build­ing’s lat­est owner Shah Cap­i­tal And Co has in­di­cated it in­tends to de­velop the site.

But Mrs Pass said the build­ing should be bull­dozed and ‘this re­ally needs to be done sooner rather than later’.

Mov­ing the re­tire­ment vil­lage would avoid in­fring­ing on green space un­der ex­ist­ing plans at the edge of Run­corn Hill Park, she said.

SOG, which owns the Heath Busi­ness And Tech­ni­cal Park, has filed plans via its SOG Pen­sion Fund sub­sidiary for a 45-prop­erty re­tire­ment vil­lage on High­lands Road to the cha­grin of some res­i­dents who op­pose los­ing green space and have raised con­cerns over traf­fic and loss of view.

The mat­ter is part of a bun­dle of ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted by SOG in­clud­ing a con­tro­ver­sial bid to build a coun­try club­style ho­tel on Heath Road South op­po­site the busi­ness park en­trance.

SOG said the de­vel­op­ments would open up more green space to pub­lic ac­cess and cre­ate fa­cil­i­ties for the neigh­bour­hood.

Ar­gu­ing in her blog for the project to ● be moved to Hal­ton Lea, Mrs Pass said: “The re­tire­ment vil­lage would be close and in easy reach of Run­corn Shop­ping Cen­tre, with its bus routes, shops and health cen­tre – a win for the older res­i­dents of Run­corn and a win for ev­ery­one else in Run­corn with the re­moval of this blot on the land­scape and bring­ing back to use an un­used site.”

Dis­cussing her con­cerns over pro­pos­als for flats in and around East Lane over in east Run­corn, Mrs Pass told the Weekly News: “It is a shame some­thing wasn’t done sooner to put this land to bet­ter use as now it is out of lo­cal hands, they are go­ing to make as much money as they can out of it and the more onebed flats they can fit on the land the more money they will make rather than what would be bet­ter for the town.

“The land at We­ston Vil­lage where SOG have sub­mit­ted their plans, has an in­fre­quent bus ser­vice, no shops and no health cen­tre within easy reach.”

He­len Pass, of Homes­mart Let­tings

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