For many in Northwich, it’s an announcement which couldn’t have come soon enough.
The first phase of demolition at Weaver Square will begin on Monday 23rd September.
It’s the start of a programme of works which is due to last until early December.
The first phase will involve the demolition and site clearance of 10 redundant retail units and external canopy structures. Once completed, the site will be secured with protective hoarding.
During the demolition the existing access through Weaver Square will be maintained. All adjacent retail units, including the markets, will remain accessible.
The demolition will remove a significant financial liability for Cheshire West and Chester Council in terms of backlog maintenance and business rates whilst also preparing the site for future development.
For anyone wanting to know more about the phased demolition timetable, two drop-in sessions have been arranged for Thursday 12th September and Thursday 19th September (both 5-7pm) at Northwich Information Centre.
These will provide an opportunity for local people to pop in and view the proposals in detail and discuss any concerns they may have.
Weaver Square masterplan
Initial plans outline potential opportunities to bring new residential development, a public services building and improved outdoor spaces.
The plans also feature aspirations for the future provision of Northwich’s market including a small amount of commercial space, which could accommodate independent traders.
The council says lots of interesting ideas came from the consultation, and officers are now continuing to explore these further with various external partners.
CWAC’s Cllr Richard Beacham said: “I know people in Northwich will be glad to see things are moving forward at Weaver Square.
“It has always been the council’s intention to create something on the site that complements Barons Quay, the high street and the rich history of the town.
“The first stage of the demolition will provide increased visibility for the existing shops already trading in the town centre.”
Cllr Beacham added: “We are continuing to carefully review the feedback that we received during the consultation and hope to be able to share the outcomes of these discussions with residents over the coming months.”