Pushing the Council to formalise a proper vision for the future, and helping business to bring investment and revitalise our town centre.
Warrington will receive over £22m in funding from the Government to regenerate our Town centre and to improve local infrastructure. The Investment Plan outlines seven core projects that would help to provide long-lasting benefits to the town. The plan includes funding proposals for:
- A health and social care academy – which will support workers to integrate the latest technology into their work, and will offer opportunities to build a social care workforce in Warrington fit for the future.
- A health and wellbeing hub in the town centre – which will help reduce health deprivation and improve quality of life, as well as increasing accessibility to healthcare and wellbeing services. The hub would be developed in vacant retail space in the town centre and will help provide more mental health services, assessments for older people and access to a range of council health and wellbeing services.
- An advanced construction training centre – which will develop sustainable building skills and provide an opportunity to reskill people in sectors that have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project would provide training across many disciplines including housebuilding, surveying, plumbing and civil engineering.
- An all-electric bus fleet depot – which will provide the stimulus for the full electrification of a Warrington bus fleet and replace the current Warrington’s Own Buses depot with land for sustainable housing.
- A comprehensive active travel programme – putting in place the right infrastructure to encourage more walking and cycling throughout the town centre. This would include redesigning key town centre streets with cyclists and pedestrians in mind, establishing a Community Cycle Hub in the town centre and would ensure a series of bus priority measures to encourage people to take public or active transport methods.
- A digital enterprise hub – which would be aimed at supporting all aspects of digital and disruptive technologies.
- A remastered cultural hub at the Pyramid – which will nurture the arts professionals of the future, providing a modern and flexible creative space to collaborate, produce, present and perform. A refurbished Pyramid will improve Warrington’s cultural offering, attracting a range of high quality touring artists, as well as providing a platform to showcase our own local talent.
In addition to this, I am delighted that after lobbying the Government Warrington will receive at least £500,000 from the Stronger Towns fund, enabling us to accelerate plans that will transform our area and bring much needed investment and business into the town.
We also need to cut taxes for small retail businesses and for local music venues, pubs and cinemas. I will keep campaigning to keep business rates low to encourage enterprise in the town and to bring businesses up from the South East to make Warrington the place to be in the North of England.