The £8.8m restoration of Lion Salt Works is demanding innovative conversation techniques to deal with the challenging condition of what will become a national visitor attraction in spring next year.
Local MP Graham Evans checked out progress on the delicate work to re-open the last surviving open pan salt works – a method dating back to Roman times – during a recent visit.
Lion Salt Works closed in 1986 and will re-open as a living museum for visitors to explore the restored buildings, discover how the salt works operated and the impact of the salt industry on Cheshire’s people, economy and landscape.
It will provide a unique insight into the period when Cheshire produced 86 per cent of the nation’s salt.
The MP was accompanied by Cheshire West and Chester Council Leader, Councillor Mike Jones, and Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation.
Said Councillor Parker: “Some of the buildings are scheduled Ancient Monuments and were in a very poor state of repair when they were acquired by Vale Royal Borough Council.
“Some world-leading techniques are being used in the restoration process and we were able to show the MP for Weaver Vale how work is progressing.
“Like us all, Graham was delighted with the progress being made and the way in which our building teams had managed to overcome the many restoration problems we inherited on site.”
Added Councillor Parker: “There will be open days in the near future for the public to see how the site is being transformed and we believe that by next spring the area will have one of the finest industrial heritage sites in the country attracting thousands of visitors.”
Funding has been provided by the Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Manage+ European Programme.
Taken from the Marketing Cheshire website.