THE first phase of demolition at Weaver Square will begin on Monday, September 23.

The programme of works is due to last until early December 2019.

Phase one will involve the demolition and site clearance of 10 redundant retail units and external canopy structures, which once completed the site will be secured with protective hoarding.

During the demolition the existing access through Weaver Square will be maintained and all adjacent retail units, including the markets will remain accessible.

Cheshire West and Chester Council says the demolition will remove 'significant financial liability in terms of backlog maintenance and business rates', while 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, September 12 and Thursday, September 19 between 5pm and 7pm at Northwich Information Centre.

Northwich Guardian:

This is an opportunity to pop in and view the proposals in detail and discuss any concerns they may have.

Back in 2018, hundreds of people from Northwich and the surrounding area responded to the Weaver Square masterplan consultation that set out potential new plans for the area.

Initial plans outlined potential opportunities to bring new residential development, a public services building, improved outdoor spaces and aspirations for the future provision of Northwich’s market including a small amount of commercial space, which could accommodate independent traders.

CWAC says lots of interesting ideas came from the consultation, which it is continuing to explore further with its partners.

Cabinet member for regeneration and growth, 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.

“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.”