Actors masquerading as construction workers is just one of the myths which have had to be dispelled about work to regenerate Winsford Town Centre, a council chief has claimed.

Construction is underway on phase one of the £22.5m regeneration project, which is the biggest investment in the town centre shopping area since the 1960s.

The Guardian was recently given a look behind the scenes on the project, which has been funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Government’s future high street fund.

Posting online, Cllr Nathan Pardoe, cabinet member for inclusive economy, regeneration and digital transformation, said false rumours had circulated about the ongoing work.

Northwich Guardian: Construction work is underway in the centre of WinsfordConstruction work is underway in the centre of Winsford (Image: PR)

Replying to concerns that construction of public toilets had been cancelled for phase one of the redevelopment, he said: "The additional toilets will be part of the community element, plans are still being worked on but they are going to be delivered.

"In the meantime, there are already toilets available for public use in Winsford Lifestyle Centre, Winsford Library, Wyvern House and various businesses."

The current work being carried out by Kier Group involves demolishing buildings deemed no longer fit for purpose, such as Queens Parade and Fountain Court. A 168-space car park is being built and will include electric vehicle charging spaces.

Once complete, a new open public spaces will host pop-ups, events and entertainment and more than 50 new trees will be planted to link to existing green spaces such as the Town Park.

Cllr Pardoe added: “Some people are trying to present the current works as the only phase we’ll get. That’s not the case.

“Over the past year rumours have been circulating that the project would be cancelled entirely, that the contracts weren’t signed and that it was demolition only with nothing new being built - with people changing their story as events prove them wrong.

"There was even a rumour that the Kier workers on site were actors."

Northwich Guardian: Construction on the new Costa drive-thruConstruction on the new Costa drive-thru (Image: PR)

Future milestones will see the Costa shell unit due to be completed and handed over to the tenant for its fit-out this spring.

The open spaces and public square are expected to be completed in winter 2024. The B&M shell is due to be handed over to the tenant early in 2025 for fit-out.