Hal­ton to work on re­vamp of Run­corn

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­er­ClayRWWN

BOR­OUGH chiefs have picked Hal­ton Coun­cil to co­or­di­nate the cre­ation of a Run­corn town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion mas­ter­plan.

Ex­ec­u­tive board mem­bers voted to ful­fil the role in-house rather del­e­gate it to an ex­ter­nal con­trac­tor.

They had been mulling an offer from con­struc­tion firm Langtree, with which it has teamed up on for projects in­clud­ing Sci-Tech Dares­bury.

How­ever, coun­cil of­fi­cers had rec­om­mended the lo­cal author­ity should do the work to save cash and be­cause it had the rel­e­vant ex­per­tise, and could pro­vide ac­count­abil­ity.

Ex­ec­u­tive board agenda min­utes said a 10-15 year ‘Run­corn Vision’ re­gen­er­a­tion doc­u­ment had been ap­proved in September, fo­cus­ing on the so-called pro­posed Run­corn Sta­tion Quar­ter to max­imise the value of works in the shorted time.

The Weekly News pre­vi­ously re­ported that the coun­cil was plan­ning to main­tain good re­la­tions with Langtree to keep the door open for con­sult­ing it in fu­ture.

Res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors have long scratched their heads over how to kick­start the re­gen­er­a­tion of Run­corn Old Town with the prom­ise posed by the re­de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Crosville con­tam­i­nated bus de­pot, in­clud­ing a fam­ily pub and drive-through cof­fee shop with town cen­tre park­ing, now stymied by the clo­sure of the Sil­ver Ju­bilee Bridge and the re­duc­tion in pass­ing cus­tom.

Plans have been ap­proved for homes to built on a for­mer playing field on Pi­cow Farm Road and the coun­cil has tabled an idea to build canal side homes on The Brind­ley car park. A cam­paign is also un­der way to open the Bridge­wa­ter Canal at Top Locks to en­cour­age tourism.

As part of the broader re­gen­er­a­tion of Run­corn, coun­cil­lors have also backed a pro­ject to build a su­per­mar­ket and shop­ping row with a fam­ily pub across town near Mur­dishaw round­about, which could see a rise in pass­ing cus­tom with the open­ing of the Mersey Gate­way and the up­com­ing con­struc­tion of M56 junc­tion 11a.

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