PLANS to create a state-of-the-art residential and commercial development on the banks of the Mersey at Widnes have been given a boost in the form of a £5.6m. cash injection.
Cllr Rob Polhill and Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the North West Development Agency, which is providing the cash, met at the site earmarked for development over the next six years to mark the grant's official confirmation.
The money will help the council draw up a master plan for the Widnes Waterfront Economic Development Zone which aims to breathe new life into more than 80 hectares of disused land.
It is estimated that the scheme could create more than 2,700 jobs over coming years and attract an extra £70m. of investment.
Mr Broomhead said: 'The NWDA is delighted to support this development, which will act as a catalyst for investment in Halton, creating a significant number of jobs in the process.'
Cllr Tony McDermott, leader of Halton Borough Council, said: 'The confirmation of the NWDA funding is excellent news for the waterfront and will help us deliver this important regeneration project.
'We are giving the local and regional economy a shot in the arm and will create infrastructure and jobs that will provide real change to Halton.
'The waterfront project will become something of which all Haltonians can be proud.'