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Southern Gateway plans for town move a step closer
9:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
THE next steps in the plans that will see the redevelopment of the southern side of the town centre are being made by Warrington Borough Council.
In January the council announced it had signed up to a joint venture partnership with Langtree to develop its vision for the Southern Gateway.
The scheme is the latest in a long line of projects to transform vast swathes of the wider town centre area.
And on Monday councillors approved moves to appoint three council figures to the new joint board with Langtree.
Clr Terry O’Neill said: “This is one of our main objectives - to develop this part of town.
“There has been discussion between Langtree and the council about the board and at the moment it has three on each side.
“We should look at altering this number after taking legal advice.
“We will have discussions to see whether three or four are more appropriate.”
Councillors on the executive board approved the plans which saw council leader Clr Terry O’Neill, executive member for corporate resources and assignments Clr Russ Bowden and interim chief executive Steve Broomhead named on the new board.
But there was some question from Clr Kate Hannon about how any potential fourth member of the panel would be announced.
Clr O’Neill said any additions would be dealt with through delegated powers by himself.
The Southern Gateway will incorporate the area around Bridge Foot, including the approaches from Wilderspool Causeway, Chester Road and Knutsford Road.
The scheme will provide new homes, offices, shops, alongside the recently refurbished St James' Business Centre.
There are also plans to create riverside promenades in a number of areas including Wilderspool Causeway, Wharf Industrial Estate and Marshall Gardens.
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