HALTON Borough Council Leader Rob Polhill has said community support remains the number one priority and investments for Runcorn and Widnes are why we should look to the future.

“Last week, the council’s bid for a £20 million investment in the Runcorn Station Quarter development was approved by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. This will add to the £25 million we are proposing to invest in Runcorn from the Town Deal. We are also investing in Shopping City."

He added that a £10 million scheme to improve links to housing and businesses in West Bank and a new £20 million leisure centre for Widnes was also progressing.

“We are redeploying staff to support Halton residents. We are also working closely with partners in health, schools, local businesses, police, fire, housing to provide a collective response, to the challenges presented to all of us by COVID 19. Our voluntary, community and faith sector are also playing an important role and we are seeing local people do extraordinary things to help each other.

“However, it is important we also continue to look to the future, so we can continue to grow the Halton economy and be ready to provide opportunities for employment and better connectivity, when the current situation improves and we return to normality."

Urging people to stay strong he added: “Life does feel different and difficult at the moment, and it could be easy to ignore the future as we wrestle with the present challenges. However, it is important that we prepare for recovery and we are determined to continue to do whatever we can to secure a bright future for our borough."

He encouraged everyone to take personal responsibility to stay safe, to follow government guidance and to keep an eye on the council’s website www.halton.gov.uk for future updates.