Ellesmere Port could be about to get a fresh injection of new business and jobs, if pledges from the Ellesmere Port Development Board are to be believed. The new board has promised to help the town expand, both in terms of residential areas and in business.
The board has promised the following:
- It will create thousands of jobs for locals
- It will attract millions in investment from outside businesses
- It will build as many as 7,000 new homes
- It will help to create a skilled workforce
- It will further develop educational opportunities
- It will make upgrades to both local leisure and sports facilities in the town
These are all worthwhile goals, and should they be successful they will help to generate increased interest in Ellesmere Port, boosting the local economy for existing and new businesses. In order to achieve these goals, the new board, chaired by Robert Mee, has highlighted several key areas in which to focus. These areas include the famed waterfront of Ellesmere Port, which the board believes can provide a similar boost to the local economy as that felt by the waterfronts in Liverpool and Salford.
This news has come at a good time for Ellesmere Port, as the town’s economic prospects are reported to have recently risen. Recent figures show that the economic activity rate in Ellesmere Port increased to 82.9% for 2008/09, from 72.7% in 2005/06 – an increase of 10.2%. This is a very high increase as the economy in the North West rose by just 0.3% in the same period.
Things are looking brighter for Ellesmere Port in the coming months, with some major investment coming in the shape of a brand new M&S megastore – bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area.
Robert Mee, the chairman of the Ellesmere Port Development Board, commented:
“We are putting together a programme to help the new town and the community around for the next 10-to 20 years.”
“It is responsible for bringing in new investment and new businesses particularly to find new jobs.”
“We can change opportunities here. We are going to be working with a whole range of companies, looking for new partners as well as demonstrating why people should invest in Ellesmere Port.
“We are a development board rather than a regeneration board. We can hardly say Ellesmere Port is a struggling failed town.”
Andrew Miller, the MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, commented on how the recent successes of the town had been minor and that they hadn’t been to scale he would have liked. Looking forwards, he believes the future projects can make the impact required. He added:
“If you add together all the things that are currently on the stocks, the iconic new FE college, the new Academy, the development of the waterfront, all the things inside Cheshire Oaks, the M&S store, the vision that there is for leisure and sports in the town- if you start looking positively about those things, throw the same energy towards the next generation of activities as well – you can create a real vision for this community that is very exciting and turns the place into a genuine 21st century town.”
“We have the building blocks we now have the opportunity to turn some of these ideas into real products for the benefit of the community.”
The business future looks bright for Ellesmere Port, which can only be good for the local economy as a whole.