MILLIONS of pounds worth of investment could be under threat after council bosses gave low priority to transportation plans.
Vale Royal Borough Council is writing to county council chiefs in a bid to get them to make improvements to local infrastructure as part of the Northwich Vision in the draft Local Transport Plan.
The improvements, which include a new bridge across the River Weaver, currently sit in fourth place out of five 'major' projects in the LTP, which borough council bosses fear could hamper their wider ambitions for the town.
So they have written to county council lead-ers and county councillors demanding a re-think.
A joint letter from Cllr Keith Musgrave, the leader of the council, and chief executive Anne Bingham-Holmes, to county council leaders and council-lors, says: 'The council would like to express, in the strongest possible terms, its objection to the Northwich Vision scheme being categorised as 'Priority 4' and would respectfully request Cheshire County Council revisit the prioritisation.
'If this does not result in a re-prioritisation of the Northwich Vision, then as a direct consequence, £175m of private investment and some 2,500 sustainable jobs will be lost, which will significantly damage the economic climate of a key town in the North West.
'The new link road is a critical element of the regeneration package that is required to improve town centre accessibility.'
A county council spokeswoman said: 'We view as critical the provision of a bridge to capitalise on the mine stabilisation programme and are working with partners to progress the design and implementation of this scheme.
'There is a long way to go and one of the issues is getting the Government to fund the scheme through the Local Transport Plan. This will take time but is regarded as a priority. There is no disagreement about the importance of this scheme. It is merely a question of when and how we finance it.
'The county council's LTP submission, which will include the bridge scheme, will be discussed by the Environment Strategic Panel on June 6, and a decision will be taken by the executive member for environment 10 days later.'