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Runcorn Town Investment Plan
On 6 September 2019, the government invited Halton Borough Council, with Runcorn amongst 100 towns nationwide, to develop proposals for a Town Deal, as part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund.
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The Runcorn Town Deal Board started work in January 2020. The Board has been advising the Council on investment priorities and project proposals for the Runcorn Town Investment Plan.
The deadline for submission of the Town Investment Plan is January 2021. The Board encourages local people and businesses to respond to the questionnaire.
The Council wants the Runcorn Town Vision to form the basis of the Runcorn Town Investment Plan to gain £25m of government funding. Halton Borough Council adopted the Vision in 2017. The Runcorn Town Vision is a non-statutory, high-level document, which sets out ideas and aspirations for Runcorn Town. The vision document is on the
Runcorn established itself in the 19th century as a successful industrial town situated along the river Mersey, between the Manchester Ship Canal and the Bridgewater Canal. Runcorn emerged as a small, yet successful urban district in the early 20th century. The designation of Runcorn New Town in 1964 marked a change of fortunes and meant that not only people moved away to the new town, but also businesses re-located to new employment areas. Furthermore, large areas of the town were cleared for the Silver Jubilee Bridge in 1961, and again in 1975 for the construction of the new town’s Expressway and bridge approaches that severed the town from other areas of Runcorn.
Runcorn Town Vision highlights the enormous potential of Runcorn Town following the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in 2017 and the big opportunity de-linking of the Silver Jubilee Bridge approach structures provides. The document sets out ambitions and priorities to shape Runcorn Town’s future. It illustrates the interconnectivity between key opportunity sites, demonstrating that Runcorn Town’s offer is significantly greater than the sum of its parts. The Vision’s ambitions, delivered through a range of exciting opportunities and projects, will boost the attractiveness of our area as a place to live, work and visit. The aims and objectives are to:
- Build a stronger town centre, through consolidation of the retail core and attraction of quality commercial investment at key sites;
- Realise the potential of Runcorn Mainline Station, through the creation of a Station Quarter and opening up the road network;
- Improve linkage, accessibility and movement between development opportunity sites and throughout the area as a whole;
- Utilise its assets, such as the waterways, culture and heritage;
- Grow the residential offer to provide a choice of quality homes to meet local needs and increase footfall in the town centre.
In 2020, the government created a webpage
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/towns-fund-prospectus, where people can post ideas to improve Runcorn Town. Many of these ideas are included in the Vision document, and in the Questionnaire below. The most popular post on the MyTown website is the aspiration to re-establish the link between the Bridgewater Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal.
Below are nine topics with associated questions.
This public questionnaire is available from 1 October 2020 until 28 October.
The response received from the public consultation questionnaire will be anonymously analysed and shared with the Runcorn Town Deal Board to develop the Town Investment Plan.
Runcorn Town Vision
The Council adopted Runcorn Town Vision that sets the framework for the economic regeneration of Runcorn Town, identifying several aims and objectives, as well as opportunity sites. Some opportunity sites, like the former College site, were developed. Most of the opportunity sites however still need delivering. The recent demolition of the 1975 bridge approaches for the Silver Jubilee Bridge creates an exciting new phase in the regeneration of Runcorn Town.
Theme 1: build a strong town centre
Creating new jobs on the High Street