Ellesmere Port appoints lead for £6m funding projects

Simon Donohue

A manager has been appointed to oversee projects in Ellesmere Port made possible by a successful application for £6m from the Regional Growth Fund.

Ellesmere Port's Development Board and Cheshire West & Chester Council have appointed Audrey Gaffney to implement improvements at five strategic sites across the town.

The money will be used to help unlock sites for business and employment. Works will include the construction and upgrading of roads, remediation of land, improved transport links and environmental improvements at Hooton Park, Port Bridge Water, Cabot Carbon, New Bridge Road and the former BP Stanlow site.

Robert Mee, chairman of Ellesmere Port Development Board, said: "Work can now begin on the five strategic sites we highlighted within our bid to ensure that they are capable of attracting businesses, meeting the needs of companies of all sizes and ensuring transport links for local people looking for work."

The Regional Growth Fund is a £3.2bn fund which supports projects and projects that attract private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.

The Ellesmere Port sites have the potential to generate £148m of private sector investment and create 3,000 direct jobs and 1,600 indirect jobs. The funding will facilitate enabling works such as infrastructure improvements.

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