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Ellesmere Port Public Services Hub
31st May 2019 – Ellesmere Port Public Services Hub – Designs revealed for Ellesmere Port transformation – The designs for a proposed new Public Services Hub in Ellesmere Port are being revealed at an exhibition in the town centre.
This is the first in a series of projects to transform Ellesmere Port town centre and provide local people with easy access to essential public services.
Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: “This building will be in the heart of Ellesmere Port, providing a hub for a 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. All of these services will be brought together under one roof, in an open, friendly and accessible space, to make life easier for local residents.”
The design displays can be seen at the Port Arcades, where the project team will be available to answer questions on Saturday 1st June 2019 between 10am and 2pm and Tuesday 4th June 2019 between 10am and 2pm. both events are being held at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre, 54 Mercer Walk, Ellesmere Port CH65 0AP. There will also be a display at Ellesmere Port library throughout the week.
The proposals form part of a wider Masterplan consultation regarding the future of Ellesmere Port which took place last autumn. People can now see and comment on what the building and bus station will look like.
The Masterplan found the existing bus station to be larger than it needed to be and proposed that Civic Way is used as an ‘on-street’ facility with new passenger stops along its length.
The Ellesmere Port Work Zone asked service users: “Would it be useful to have all services in one building?” The majority said it would be useful with reasons including; ‘it would help so that people don’t have to travel to different places’ and ‘it would save money to build a purpose built building to house all of the services as long as it was built in a central location’. Other community consultation in Ellesmere Port highlighted key areas for improvement including; ‘services are there when you need them’, ‘you only have to tell your story once’ and ‘you get everything you need in one place’.
The Masterplan includes the future demolition of the existing Civic Way Offices, which will be replaced on the upper floors of the hub building, providing the most cost effective solution to the provision of council services in the town and to the wider borough because of the higher costs of refurbishing the existing buildings. This space will then be made available for new housing for families and young professionals to live in the town.
Ground investigation works took place earlier this year around the bus station which will be the site for the new building. Subject to planning consent, work is scheduled to start later this year for a 2021 opening.
The Public Services Hub will be a modern, energy efficient building which forms an integral part of the Council’s 15 year vision for the town. Since 2011, Ellesmere Port has seen a range of development projects totalling nearly £1.2bn with a total forecast of £2.8bn. 2,600 jobs have been created and there is planning consent for 5,550 homes.
Investment in 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).