Archive for August, 2014

Flintshire Council Facing up to £18m in Budget Cuts

Flintshire Council Facing up to £18m in Budget Cuts

Council leaders have warned they face up to £18m budget cuts next year as they launch a major public consultation. Flintshire council wants as many people as possible to get involved with the “Big Budget Conversation” with a cuts of 4.5%…

    Offer of £1million for Prison Site Labelled ‘Disgrace’

    Offer of £1million for Prison Site Labelled ‘Disgrace’

    A decision to gift land worth nearly £1 million to be used as the site of a new prison has been branded an “absolute disgrace”.  In a letter seen by the Leader, Edwina Hart, the minister for economy, science and…

      Denbighshire Rural Economy Set for £2m Boost

      Denbighshire Rural Economy Set for £2m Boost

      Denbighshire’s rural economy is set for a six-year £2 million cash bonanza to boost. Ruthin-based regeneration agency, Cadwyn Clwyd, is launching a month-long consultation process to explore the best ways of spending the money in the rural areas of the…

        Unilever to Invest in R&D Centre

        Unilever to Invest in R&D Centre

        Consumer products manufacturer Unilever is to open a base at Liverpool Science Park as part of a £6.9m research project into home and personal care items, including brands such as Dove and Persil. The 4,000 sq ft Integrated High Throughput…

          Approval Given to New Wirral Waters Office Block

          Approval Given to New Wirral Waters Office Block

          Plans for the second major development in Wirral Waters – due to be completed by October 2015 – have been given the green light. The Tower Wharf scheme is expected to see hundreds of new jobs created at the site near Egerton…

            Major New Cancer Centre Proposed for Cheshire

            Major New Cancer Centre Proposed for Cheshire

            Proposals for a major expansion of cancer services across Merseyside and Cheshire – including a new specialist hospital in the heart of Liverpool run by Clatterbridge Cancer Care – are going out for public consultation this summer. People are being…

              Hamilton Square Station to Shut for £4m Revamp

              Hamilton Square Station to Shut for £4m Revamp

              Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead is to be closed for around six months while it undergoes a £4 million revamp. Network Rail said it will mean improved platform and tunnel areas including new flooring, brighter lighting and better passenger information. Rail bosses…

                Blueprint Aims to Make Wrexham Economic Powerhouse

                Blueprint Aims to Make Wrexham Economic Powerhouse

                Business leaders in Wrexham are getting behind a masterplan to turn the town into an economic powerhouse. The blueprint was unveiled to a meeting of the Wrexham Business Professionals (WBP) by David Jones, Principal and Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria. On the…

                  Green Light for First Wirral Waters Project

                  Green Light for First Wirral Waters Project

                  Planning approval has been granted for the first building on Wirral Waters – a new campus for Wirral Met College in Birkenhead. Wirral Waters, one half of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone, is part of a 30-year plan to transform…

                    St Asaph Plant to Turn Peelings into Power

                    St Asaph Plant to Turn Peelings into Power

                    Potato peelings are being transformed from food waste into energy to warm thousands of homes. A new “anaerobic digestion” plant has opened at Waen near St Asaph where 22,500 tons of food waste from Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire will be processed…

                      Regeneration Vision for City’s ‘Forgotten’ Rows

                      Regeneration Vision for City’s ‘Forgotten’ Rows

                      Chester’s depleted Rows have been “forgotten” in favour of our Roman history, but could be transformed back into a must-see world attraction as part of a regeneration vision, say city leaders. In recent years businesses on the Rows have struggled…

                        JMW Advises on Latest Care Homes in £100m Run

                        JMW Advises on Latest Care Homes in £100m Run

                        The commercial property team at Manchester-based law firm JMW Solicitors has advised care-homes developer Castlemead Group on an £8m, 74-bed home due to open in Chester in 2015 as part of a mixed-use development. Led by Thomas Pearson, commercial property…

                          Veolia Destroys Syrian Chemical Weapon Materials

                          Veolia Destroys Syrian Chemical Weapon Materials

                          Veolia in Ellesmere Port has completed the destruction of about 190 tonnes of chemicals intended to be made into weapons in Syria. The business was appointed to destroy about 15 per cent of the total declared Syrian chemical stockpile earlier this…

                            Further £100m Pledged for British Business Bank

                            Further £100m Pledged for British Business Bank

                            A further £100m has been committed to the British Business Bank’s (BBB) investment programme as one of a series of measures to support the growth of the emerging financial technology (fintech) sector, Chancellor George Osborne has announced. The BBB was…

                              Funding Available for Wirral Community Projects

                              Funding Available for Wirral Community Projects

                              Community and voluntary groups in Wirral are invited to apply for grants of up to £2,500 to help fund projects in their area. Your Wirral, a fund jointly administered by Wirral Council and Magenta Living, has made £250,000 overall to support local groups. Grants of…

                                Campaigners Wait to See if £100,000 Lifeline is Secured

                                Campaigners Wait to See if £100,000 Lifeline is Secured

                                Campaigners will have to wait until next month to find out whether they’ve secured a £100,000 lifeline to reopen a leisure centre. A motion put before Wrexham council’s executive board calling for the cash injection and to delay the proposed demolition…

                                  Morgan Sindall Scoops £120m Schools Contract

                                  Morgan Sindall Scoops £120m Schools Contract

                                  The Education Funding Agency has provisionally named a joint venture between Morgan Sindall Investments and Equitix as the preferred bidder for a £120m contract to build 12 schools in the North West. The construction programme will provide new, purpose-built buildings…

                                    600 Acres of Snowdon Mountain Goes on Market

                                    600 Acres of Snowdon Mountain Goes on Market

                                    Nearly 600 acres of Wales’ highest mountain is to be offered for sale its owner has confirmed. A large area on the northern slopes of the mountain comprises Clogwyn Du’r Arddu, regarded as one of the premier rock climbing areas…

                                      Chester Zoo is Best in the UK

                                      Chester Zoo is Best in the UK

                                      Chester Zoo has been voted the best zoo in the UK just months after being named England’s most popular visitor attraction. In a roaring success for the Upton-based landmark almost 1.5million visitors travelled to the zoo to see everything from the tiniest spider to…

                                        Northern £15bn Transport Plan Launched

                                        Northern £15bn Transport Plan Launched

                                        A £15bn transport strategy has been developed by a coalition of Northern cities and presented to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today to call for investment across the North. The report, One North: A Proposition for an interconnected North has…