RESIDENTS can take a virtual reality tour of Northwich to see how it is to be developed over the next few years.
Vale Royal Borough Council staff will be at Leicester Street from 10.30am-3pm tomorrow (Thursday) giving people the chance to take a computer-generated tour of the town, allowing them to see how Baron's Quay will look after its redevelopment as part of the Northwich Vision masterplan, which includes a new Sainsbury's, Debenhams, multiplex cinema, bars and restaurants 40 shops, and a cultural centre.
Users will be able to navigate the streets and even be able to pick building within the model to see information such as the building name, address, an individual 3D model of the property and its location in the town.
The tour aims to show off how the town could look after the completion of the £200m the Northwich Vision regeneration masterplan.
A version will also be launched on the council's website and Andy Wallace, Vision project manager, said: 'With the increasing availability and use of broadband it is now possible to deliver 3D models such as the North-wich Vision via the web. It will have huge benefits to the community, enabling greater access to a wider range of users that will be able to follow the development of the Northwich Vision on line.'
Council leader Keith Mus-grave said the model was a 'great marketing tool' to attract 'some of the biggest names in retail' to Northwich. A planning application for the redevelopment of Baron's Quay will be submitted in the spring.
THE millionth tonne of grout has been pumped into the expansive caverns underneath Northwich - as work to complete a crucial precursor to the Northwich Vision continues apace.
The Northwich Mines Stabilisation Project reached the milestone last week. Three of four abandoned salt mines under the town centre have now been filled, the remaining Witton Bank mine will be completed by the summer.
Lead councillor for regeneration Arthur Wood said: 'Despite the complexity of the task, Wrekin Construction has remained on schedule, and I would like to thank everyone who is working so hard to make this project a success.'
Two trains a day deliver pulverised fuel ash to Wrekin's specially built rail sidings and mixing plant at Winnington.
There it's unloaded and combined with cement, salt and brine and then pumped up to 2,500m to the mines.
The work to stabilise has been funded by a £32m grant from English Partnerships secured by Vale Royal Borough Council and is part of the overall Northwich Vision project which will bring in new homes, investment, retailers, businesses and jobs.