The Mersey Gateway Project

Bridge builder’s industry experts to help Halton community projects as new round of Time Bank applications opens

September 3, 2015adminNews

Industry experts working on the Mersey Gateway Project will be helping a further seven community projects thanks to the Merseylink Time Bank.

Boat clubs, village halls and a local high school are some of the latest organisations to benefit from the construction consortium’s innovative scheme.

Merseylink has also announced that the fourth round of the Time Bank scheme will open on 7 September and will accept applications until 5 October 2015.

The projects that will receive support from round three of the scheme include Runcorn Rowing Club, which will get help with plans for an extension to the new clubhouse, and West Bank Boat Club, which wants to explore the possibility of revitalising the old slipway on Spike Island.

Runcorn’s Drill Hall will be offered specialist business planning advice and a feasibility study to see if the building can be brought back into use.

St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School in Runcorn will receive help to create a special peace garden in the school grounds.

Preston Brook Resident’s Association will be supported with business consultancy services, while Hale Village Hall is set to receive professional advice for a new digital project.

Halton Borough Council will also receive help to support Runcorn Town Team’s waterfront project.

Merseylink Time Bank was set up to provide practical help and support to local organisations, community projects, educational establishments and the local authority.

The initiative works by matching successful applicants with Merseylink’s industry experts and suppliers who give their ‘time’ to provide relevant professional advice and support.

Rob Polhill, leader of Halton Borough Council and chair of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, said:

“This iconic project is not just about building a bridge, it’s also about fostering positive relationships to support and sustain our local communities for the long-term. I’d strongly encourage anyone that feels they would benefit from the help and support on offer to apply to the Merseylink Time Bank scheme.”

Hugh O’Connor, general manager at Merseylink, said:

“We set Time Bank up to give something back to the local community, and it’s working really well. The scheme allows us to share our business and industry skills, along with the expertise of our suppliers, to support community projects that will leave an important and recognisable legacy for the people of Halton.”

Neil Wilcock, employment and skills coordinator at Merseylink, said:

“Time Bank is designed to provide long-term benefits to the people of Halton and we’ve been able to support some fantastic projects so far. Once again we want to hear from local community organisations that need our help, so please do get in touch.”

Sixteen local organisations have benefitted from the first two rounds of the scheme, with cost savings equivalent to approximately £25,000*.

Round 4 of the Merseylink Time Bank will open on 7 September and close on 5 October 2015.

You can apply to the Time Bank scheme via the Mersey Gateway website or by contacting Neil Wilcock, Employment and Skills Coordinator, on 07773 806270 or email

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