TOWN leaders have high hopes for a new event space in Northwich.

As reported by the Guardian earlier today, work is now under way on a temporary green space at the former outdoor market.

Cheshire West and Chester Council says this new recreational space will be landscaped with trees and shrubs and will contain public seating and an open-sided canopy, where small-scale events will take place, once Covid-19 restrictions allow.

The development has been welcomed by Adam Gerrard, Northwich BID project manager, who hopes it will give the town a shot in the arm in its recovery from the pandemic.

He said: “We are pleased to be part of this initiative with the Council and feel that the space will add another dimension to the town centre, in terms of delivering events and creating a focal point for socialising.

Workers on-site on Monday

Workers on-site on Monday

“We can’t wait for our businesses to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that this project will create and we’re really excited for it to come to fruition.”

The work is expected to be complete in April, and the site is due to last until the main Weaver Square regeneration project takes shape.

Cllr Richard Beacham, cabinet member for inclusive growth, economy and regeneration, added: "We are currently developing a long-term masterplan for Weaver Square with the support of our residents.

"However, in the meantime, we are committed to creating this temporary green space on land that is not currently used.

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"This will improve the local environment for residents and local businesses within the town centre.

“Once safe to do so, this new public space will be somewhere for people to come together with friends and family, to meet with colleagues, or simply to just grab a drink or a bite to eat.”