Ellesmere Port Public Services Hub
3 September 2019Work is scheduled to start in the New Year on a new Public Services Hub and bus zone in Ellesmere Port following unanimous approval today from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Planning Committee.
Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: "The aim of this application is to provide local people with easy access to essential public services.
“Work is scheduled to start in January, with a completion date in 2021. This will be a modern and energy efficient building which will bring together a wide range of important public services including; community safety and crime prevention, housing support, employment, skills and learning guidance, welfare and benefits support, and health and wellbeing.
“The new building will be on the site of the existing bus exchange, which is being replaced with a new bus zone along Civic Way as part of the scheme.”
Half of the £16 million project is being funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund, through the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.
The new hub building and bus zone are part of the Ellesmere Port Masterplan, a 15 year vision for Ellesmere Port that has already seen development projects totalling nearly £1.2bn since 2011, a figure that is forecast to rise to £2.8bn. Over 2,000 jobs have been created to date and Ellesmere Port has planning consent for 5,550 homes.
The new hub provides the most cost effective solution to the provision of council services in the town when compared with the alternative of refurbishing Civic Way offices which will be demolished as part of the wider masterplan proposals. This space will then be made available for new housing for families and young professionals to live in the town.
Investment in Ellesmere Port over recent years includes the Cheshire College South and West Campus, the Ellesmere Port Church of England Academy and the Ellesmere Port Sports Village. There has been considerable investment in new housing in easy reach of the town centre (including Cromwell Road, Sutton Way, Thornton Road, McGarva Way, Rossfield Park and Ledsham Road).