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Levelling Up Fund

5 July 2021

Cheshire West and Chester Council has lodged a two-part bid for cash from Whitehall’s £4.8bn pot to support projects in Chester and Ellesmere Port. 

The council has requested £16m for schemes in Ellesmere Port. Among them is a £9m plan to refurbish of the town’s Civic Hall. 

In addition, improvements are also planned for Civic Square, as well as a “flagship greening project”, which will create a green interconnected corridor through the town. 

Upgrades to public spaces, including the introduction of public art and lighting installations, as well as highways improvements, also feature in Ellesmere Port’s bid.

In Chester, CWAC is requesting £16.7m to go towards the City Gateway project and CityPlace business quarter near Chester train station.

The project would include: 

- A new archive and history centre
- Landscaping and public art 
- A transport hub to support rail travellers 
- More than 70,000 sq ft of office space
- 200 new homes

The council has worked in conjunction with Chester MP Chris Matheson, and Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders on the bids. A decision on the bids is expecting in autumn.

Read more at: Place North West