Archive for January, 2015

Welsh Government Project for 5,000 Deeside Jobs

Welsh Government Project for 5,000 Deeside Jobs

A £95M project for a 5,000 job employment site in Deeside will be kick-started after the Welsh Government agreed to fork out for a link road. The massive Northern Gateway project on the former RAF Sealand site has the potential…

    £14m Deeside Sixth Form Hub

    £14m Deeside Sixth Form Hub

    The lucrative contract to build a £14m state-of-the-art sixth form hub in Connah’s Quay has been awarded to a North Wales firm. Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction has been chosen to erect the post-16 facility on the Coleg Cambria site in Golftyn…

      Chester Uni Handbridge Office Takeover

      Chester Uni Handbridge Office Takeover

      The University of Chester is negotiating with Lloyds Banking Group on the purchase of two offices totalling 65,000 sq ft in Queens Park Road, which would be converted into teaching facilities. Cheshire West & Chester Council’s planning committee approved the…

        Council Merger Rejected by Welsh Government

        Council Merger Rejected by Welsh Government

        Plans for a voluntary merger between Denbighshire and Conwy county councils have been rejected by the Welsh Government. In a statement the minister in charge of local government, Leighton Andrews said that the proposals for mergers did not meet the…

          Rail Electrification is ‘Key’ to North Wales Traffic

          Rail Electrification is ‘Key’ to North Wales Traffic

          Electrification of the North Wales rail network is “vital” if severe traffic congestion on major roads such as the A55 and A483 is to be reduced. That was the message delivered by a group building the case for stronger rail…

            Chester College Campus to Close

            Chester College Campus to Close

            West Cheshire College’s multi-million pound city campus will close just a few years after opening – after too much was borrowed to build it. The college has finally confirmed the flagship Handbridge site will be shut down, ending months of…

              Growth Deals Secure £140m Funding

              Growth Deals Secure £140m Funding

              Funding totalling £140m has been allocated to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the North West as part of the government’s expansion of its Growth Deal initiative. The cash, which is being devolved from ministers to the public-private organisations, will be…

                Local Plan Reaches Final Stage

                Local Plan Reaches Final Stage

                Cheshire West & Chester Council is set to approve the adoption of its local plan which will guide development in the borough for the next 20 years, subject to the inclusion of changes made by a government planning inspector. The…

                  MDA Innovation Network Business Breakfast – 11th February 2015

                  MDA Innovation Network Business Breakfast – 11th February 2015

                  The next MDA Innovation Network Business Breakfast will be held at OpTIC, Glyndwr University in St Asaph on Wednesday 11th February 2015 from 8.30am (registration from 8am) until 9.30am. OpTIC are hosting this event in partnership with the MDA and it is sponsored by…

                    400 New Homes to Boost Economy

                    400 New Homes to Boost Economy

                    Top builder Anwyl Construction will build more than 400 new homes across North Wales and Cheshire over the next three years, creating almost 2,000 jobs. That represents more than £40m of investment into the regional economy, according to figures from…

                      New Home for University Cathedral Free School

                      New Home for University Cathedral Free School

                      It’s back to the future for the University Cathedral Free School (UCFS) which has found a new home – in a former Chester school building. The primary school, which opened in autumn 2013, is still located in a former job…

                        Flintshire Coastal Park to be Developed

                        Flintshire Coastal Park to be Developed

                        A coastal park is to be developed in Flintshire in a bid to attract more tourists to the county. Flintshire County Council approved plans and a prospectus for a Flintshire Coast Park along the 25-mile stretch of the Wales Coast…

                          Denbighshire Council Tax Could Rise by 2.75%

                          Denbighshire Council Tax Could Rise by 2.75%

                          Council tax in Denbighshire could rise by 2.75% as the authority tries to balance the books for the next year. The council is also being asked to dip into its reserves to the tune of half a million pounds, as…

                            Wrexham Would ‘Benefit’ from Womens Prison Unit

                            Wrexham Would ‘Benefit’ from Womens Prison Unit

                            Wales does not need a super-prison in Wrexham but would benefit from a small specialist unit for women, penal reform campaigners told Westminster’s Welsh Affairs committee. Rachel Halford of Women in Prison said the way to tackle the lack of…

                              Next Stage of Mold Roadworks to Begin

                              Next Stage of Mold Roadworks to Begin

                              Roadworks will continue to disrupt traffic in Mold as the next stage in a £575,000 10-month upgrade is set to begin. Welsh Water plans to start digging up the high street today after work to replace pipework on Chester Street…

                                Fierce Opposition to North Wales Pylon Plans

                                Fierce Opposition to North Wales Pylon Plans

                                Plans to build new pylons in Gwynedd and Anglesey have been met with fierce opposition. National Grid  announced plans to opt for a new overhead power line along the “orange corridor” it set out during its first round of public…

                                  £2.8m Motorway Repair Project to Begin Next Month

                                  £2.8m Motorway Repair Project to Begin Next Month

                                  A £2.8m project to repair junction 2 of the M53 removing weight restrictions and reinstating lanes will get underway next month. The long-awaited repairs to the lanes at Moreton will start on Thursday, February 5, and are expected to take…

                                    Chester Shopping Centre For Sale for £67m

                                    Chester Shopping Centre For Sale for £67m

                                    Property giant owners of Chester’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre have put the mall up for sale with a £67m guide price. Consultants Strutt & Parker, who have been instructed to sell the property, confirmed to The Chronicle that a report about…

                                      Northern Powerhouse Agenda for Northern Cities

                                      Northern Powerhouse Agenda for Northern Cities

                                      No city in the North of England will be left behind as part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, the Prime Minister has told Insider. David Cameron reassured businesses that the initiative would “make the most” of the region’s best assets…

                                        Wirral Shortlisted as Possible ‘Housing Zone’

                                        Wirral Shortlisted as Possible ‘Housing Zone’

                                        Wirral has been shortlisted to become one of the first flagship “housing zones” in England in a bid to help provide thousands of new homes across the country. A shortlist of 29 areas outside London was published on Thursday, with…