Work on the building of Halton’s new leisure centre is moving along well as anyone passing the Wates Construction site on Moor Lane, Widnes, will see. Despite recent wet weather, groundworks are progressing well. The trenches for the pools are complete and the permanent duct work for the street lighting was installed along what will […]


With only a few weeks to go until the voter registration deadline for local elections on 4 May, anyone wanting to vote must make sure they are on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on 17 April. Voters can apply online at  It takes just five minutes. This May, for the first […]


Saturday 25th March, 10am-4pm, Widnes Library Halton MakeFest is a one-day festival that brings together makers of all levels of experience and expertise from the Halton region and beyond. The event is free for both attendees and makers, and offers a full day of activities including discovery, fun, and making. It is inspired by similar […]

Children’s home rated ‘outstanding’ for tenth consecutive time

Westland Drive children’s home, which provides short breaks for young people with complex needs, is celebrating continued success following a recent Ofsted inspection. The short break home, which is based in Padgate, has been rated as ‘outstanding’ in its latest inspection, making it the tenth consecutive time the home has been given the highest possible […]

Work to start on Birchwood Community Hub

Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Complex Birchwood Library is to be relocated into Birchwood Leisure and Tennis Complex to create a new community hub. The refurbishment works are due to start from Monday 3 April, with contractors on site from Wednesday 29 March, and work expected to be completed by late summer. The work has been programmed […]

Funding secured to cut Wythenshawe centre’s carbon footprint

Manchester City Council has announced an almost £1.2 million scheme to decarbonise Woodhouse Park Active Lifestyle Centre after securing a Government grant to help with the project. The Council has been awarded around £300,000 in the latest round of the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and will contribute the remaining £879,000 to cut 52 tonnes […]

Broadhurst Clough becomes the latest Local Nature Reserve in Manchester

Broadhurst Clough in Moston joins Kenworthy Woods as the city’s newest designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) following approval at the Executive committee today.(Wednesday 22 March).   Biodiversity is one of the key tenets of the council’s strategy to improve green spaces and improve connectivity across green corridors in the city. Conserving, protecting and enhancing the […]

Blog: “Please can you stay on the phone and talk to me”

On the third National Day of Reflection (23 March) Julie Angelsea from Liverpool City Council’s Covid-19 team shares two very different experiences that will stay with her forever. *Please note that this blog contains details which some people may find upsetting. “The first story is one that I will never forget – and one I […]