Halton Borough Council has reached an agreement with Ventcroft to acquire the company’s premises on the Astmoor Industrial Estate for an undisclosed sum.
The deal is the latest step forward in the council’s land acquisition programme as part of the Mersey Gateway Project.
A new 28.5 hectare nature reserve is set to be created in the heart of Halton around the Mersey Gateway bridge if the project is given the go-ahead.
The public inquiry into the project heard from Paul Oldfield, Nature Conservation Officer with the Mersey Gateway Project, who outlined the proposals as part of the project team’s evidence to the inquiry.
The Mersey Gateway Project will improve air quality and reduce noise levels across large parts of Halton and reduce the amount of pollutants generated by traffic travelling throughout the region.
A council leader has described the plans for the new £431m Mersey Gateway as the most important project of his career.
Councillor Tony McDermott MBE, leader of Halton Borough Council, has submitted his views to the Mersey Gateway public inquiry, and said he believed the transport project was vital for the social and economic future of the region.
The Mersey Gateway team has today (Monday 20 April) submitted its evidence to the public inquiry.