Work on the eagerly-awaited £80m regeneration of Northwich town centre gets going in earnest in the New Year.
Build contractor Balfour Beatty, which moved on-site in November to undertake preliminary works, will begin construction from January 5.
In order to carry out the work – which will be initially focused around the Weaver Way, Barons Quay Road and Tabley Street and Leicester Street areas – some road and car park closures will be necessary.
The Barons Quay and the Leicester Street car parks will close from January 5. Marks and Spencer’s car park will still be open and accessible from Barons Quay Road with signage to direct shoppers to the new entrance.
To compensate for this change, additional long stay parking will be provided, free of charge, at the Cumberland car park and the Old Council Depot.
The currently disused car park on Leicester Street will also be brought back into use.
Executive Member for Localities, Councillor Lynn Riley said: “This is an exciting time for Northwich and I’m delighted we’ll see these further developments early in the New Year.
“As with any development, there will be some disruption and road closures, but these will be communicated regularly and clearly via a wide variety of methods, including websites, social media and the local press.
“Our local alerts system will also be used extensively and I’d recommend that residents sign up at Your Cheshire West to ensure they receive the very latest information.”
The Barons Quay scheme is a key priority in Cheshire West and Chester Council’s ambitious plans for the regeneration of Northwich.
The massive development project will create 1,200 jobs and transform Northwich into one of the North West’s busiest market towns by 2016.
In addition to an Odeon cinema and Asda superstore, Barons Quay will feature seven restaurants plus a hotel and cafes enjoying tranquil waterside views.
The development will include more than 130,000 sq ft of new retail floor space and hundreds of car parking spaces.
Local Councillor Paul Dolan said: “People in Northwich will inevitably see changes on the ground in the coming months as the construction continues.
“I note that alternative arrangements for parking provision are being made and the residents and businesses in the town need to be thanked for their forbearance and co-operation during this difficult period.”
Full details of road closures are as follows. The durations given are a maximum timeframe, so some roads may be closed for a shorter period than stated.
(1) Weaver Way – from its junction with Watling Street to the entrance of the Barons Quay Road – 05/01/2015 to completion of Barons Quay
(2) Barons Quay Road – from its junction with Weaver Way to its junction with Leicester Street – 05/01/2015 to completion of Barons Quay
(3) Tabley Street – from its junction with Leicester Street to its junction with Albion Road – 05/01/2015 to 03/05/16
(4) Barons Quay Road – from its junction with Leicester Street to the newly formed car park entrance – 16/02/15 to 03/05/2016
(5) Leicester Street – from its junction with Barons Quay Road to its entrance with Marks and Spencer store – 05/01/2015 to 03/05/2016
(6) Leicester Street – from its entrance with Marks and Spencer store to Skipton Building Society premises – 05/01/2015 to 02/02/2015
(7) Weaver Way – from its junction with Barons Quay Road to its entrance with Bratt business premises 05/01/2015 to 02/02/2015
(8) Leicester Street – from its junction with Barons Quay Road to its entrance to Cumberland Street car park 16/02/15 to 23/02/15.
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Please note, the information above is correct at time of publication but subject to change. Please check the Weaver Valley, Northwich Riverside and Your West Cheshire websites for updates as the Barons Quay scheme progresses.