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Another milestone reached in planned £10 Mil Widnes leisure project

Another milestone on the road to developing the £10 million Venture Fields leisure centre project in Widnes, has been reached.

Detailed planning consent has been granted to allow Widnes Regeneration Ltd, the joint venture between St Modwen Properties PLC and Halton Borough Council, to press ahead with this flagship leisure scheme within Widnes Waterfront.

The family-orientated project, which will become a leading leisure centre in the North West, will comprise a five-screen cinema, an ice-rink, 24-lane bowling alley, restaurants and associated retail.

Richard Bakes, development manager of St Modwen, said: “It is good news that the project has been given this further boost. We still have a couple of issues to settle with the Environment Agency prior to starting on site. We are working closely with Halton Borough Council to achieve this as soon as possible and indeed it is only that close co-operation that has enabled us to progress this project so far.

“The complex nature of the issues involved on this site would have daunted the faint-hearted but the encouragement and support we have received from the council has kept the project going, leading to the expectation of an early start on site.”

Leader of Halton Borough Council, Cllr Tony McDermott, said: “This news is another significant step toward providing the people of Halton with high-quality leisure facilities that the area deserves. The development will regenerate a large part of Widnes Waterfront and will create employment opportunities for the people of the borough.

“To provide a new leisure destination, especially the cinema and ice-rink, in Widnes has been an aspiration for Halton for a number of years and we are now making giant strides towards the realisation of this objective.

“Developments of this complexity can take a long time to organise but, we are very pleased to report that we have now overcome another hurdle which will enable building work to start in 2008.”

For further information contact Richard Bakes of St Modwen (01925 825950).Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 313 1000).