Parkside plans back on the agenda

Warrington Guardian: The land at Parkside The land at Parkside

PLANS to redevelop a former colliery into a major rail freight terminal is back on the agenda.

For several years Parkside near Winwick has been kicked into the long grass as those for and against the development battled it out and political promises evaporated.

However, following a joint venture between St Helens council and the property, investment and development company Langtree, they have acquired the freehold and will start work on a development strategy to secure the long term economic benefit of the site.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald, who made jobs and the economy his top priority in his leadership pledge, said: “When I became leader of the council I stated that I was firmly committed to delivering Parkside and believed that I would have failed if there was no movement on this site within 18 months.

“Parkside offers the potential to create thousands of new jobs. This is a prime development site in the north west and offers a unique destination sitting alongside the M6 and the West Coast mainline.

“It is hoped to reinstate the rail link with the mainline to create an inter-modal freight centre.”

Although a timescale has not been placed on the project the council insist that a planning application could be submitted as early as this year.

Clr Grunewald continued: “The Parkside project is now firmly under way and we are all committed to make this a success and deliver the much needed jobs.

“Parkside will become one of the largest projects in Britain and it is one of the most significant in terms of regeneration in the north west.

“The council has received many inquiries regarding development opportunities in recent years but the former owners have not taken the site forward.

“The council worked closely with Langtree on the development of the Saints stadium and I am optimistic that this new partnership will bring new jobs to the site.”

John Downes, chief executive of Langtree, added: “The former Parkside Colliery site is a tremendous development opportunity and we are delighted to have joined forces with the council to bring the site back into beneficial use. ”

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6:37pm Thu 9 Jan 14

annie1275 says...

Lets hope at long last something is done with this land.Whatever it may be I'm sure jobs will be most welcome.
Lets hope at long last something is done with this land.Whatever it may be I'm sure jobs will be most welcome. annie1275
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11:43pm Thu 9 Jan 14

widnesman says...

Network Rail have now taken away all connections to the site, all part of the electrification work, Parkside to Manchester.
It will cost any developer a great deal of money to have them reinstated!!
Network Rail have now taken away all connections to the site, all part of the electrification work, Parkside to Manchester. It will cost any developer a great deal of money to have them reinstated!! widnesman
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7:45am Fri 10 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

annie1275 wrote:
Lets hope at long last something is done with this land.Whatever it may be I'm sure jobs will be most welcome.
Not all land has to be seen as an economic resource
[quote][p][bold]annie1275[/bold] wrote: Lets hope at long last something is done with this land.Whatever it may be I'm sure jobs will be most welcome.[/p][/quote]Not all land has to be seen as an economic resource Nick Tessla
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9:01am Fri 10 Jan 14

Warrington Wife says...

Lets hope that the jobs that come off will help some of the local unemployed into work, maybe some apprenticeship schemes will be on offer too.
Lets hope that the jobs that come off will help some of the local unemployed into work, maybe some apprenticeship schemes will be on offer too. Warrington Wife
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Electric100 says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
annie1275 wrote: Lets hope at long last something is done with this land.Whatever it may be I'm sure jobs will be most welcome.
Not all land has to be seen as an economic resource
Apprenticeships ? In what ? stacking shelves ?

Warrington needs proper Engineering and Manufacturing not huge sheds that employ next to no people there are plenty of them siting empty in the bourough already.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]annie1275[/bold] wrote: Lets hope at long last something is done with this land.Whatever it may be I'm sure jobs will be most welcome.[/p][/quote]Not all land has to be seen as an economic resource[/p][/quote]Apprenticeships ? In what ? stacking shelves ? Warrington needs proper Engineering and Manufacturing not huge sheds that employ next to no people there are plenty of them siting empty in the bourough already. Electric100
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10:27am Sun 12 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

BRING IN THE BULLDOZERS NOW I SAY ! KISS GOODBYE TO YOUR "NICE" VIEWS ;-) BET YOU WISH YOU HADNT OPPOSED THE MORRISONS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE WHICH IS IN NORTHWICH NOW ! CHEATING LOCAL PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OUT OF LIFETIME JOBS ! DONT BOTHER PUTTING SIGNS UP OPPOSING THIS PLAN IT IS CUT AND DRIED !!
BRING IN THE BULLDOZERS NOW I SAY ! KISS GOODBYE TO YOUR "NICE" VIEWS ;-) BET YOU WISH YOU HADNT OPPOSED THE MORRISONS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE WHICH IS IN NORTHWICH NOW ! CHEATING LOCAL PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OUT OF LIFETIME JOBS ! DONT BOTHER PUTTING SIGNS UP OPPOSING THIS PLAN IT IS CUT AND DRIED !! MAD 4 IT
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11:32am Sun 12 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
BRING IN THE BULLDOZERS NOW I SAY ! KISS GOODBYE TO YOUR "NICE" VIEWS ;-) BET YOU WISH YOU HADNT OPPOSED THE MORRISONS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE WHICH IS IN NORTHWICH NOW ! CHEATING LOCAL PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OUT OF LIFETIME JOBS ! DONT BOTHER PUTTING SIGNS UP OPPOSING THIS PLAN IT IS CUT AND DRIED !!
At times, you come across as a nasty piece of work.
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: BRING IN THE BULLDOZERS NOW I SAY ! KISS GOODBYE TO YOUR "NICE" VIEWS ;-) BET YOU WISH YOU HADNT OPPOSED THE MORRISONS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE WHICH IS IN NORTHWICH NOW ! CHEATING LOCAL PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OUT OF LIFETIME JOBS ! DONT BOTHER PUTTING SIGNS UP OPPOSING THIS PLAN IT IS CUT AND DRIED !![/p][/quote]At times, you come across as a nasty piece of work. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 2

8:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

SickAndTired2 says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
BRING IN THE BULLDOZERS NOW I SAY ! KISS GOODBYE TO YOUR "NICE" VIEWS ;-) BET YOU WISH YOU HADNT OPPOSED THE MORRISONS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE WHICH IS IN NORTHWICH NOW ! CHEATING LOCAL PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OUT OF LIFETIME JOBS ! DONT BOTHER PUTTING SIGNS UP OPPOSING THIS PLAN IT IS CUT AND DRIED !!
You are an utter toilet. Why should the environment be sacrificed for the sake of supplying numbskulls like you with menial labour?
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: BRING IN THE BULLDOZERS NOW I SAY ! KISS GOODBYE TO YOUR "NICE" VIEWS ;-) BET YOU WISH YOU HADNT OPPOSED THE MORRISONS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE WHICH IS IN NORTHWICH NOW ! CHEATING LOCAL PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF OUT OF LIFETIME JOBS ! DONT BOTHER PUTTING SIGNS UP OPPOSING THIS PLAN IT IS CUT AND DRIED !![/p][/quote]You are an utter toilet. Why should the environment be sacrificed for the sake of supplying numbskulls like you with menial labour? SickAndTired2
  • Score: 1

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