Cuts bloodbath details revealed

North West Development Agency chief executive Steven Broomhead

North West Development Agency chief executive Steven Broomhead

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Millions of pounds of cash has been slashed from Lancashire bodies as the scale of North West Development Agency cuts became apparent.

The body confirmed yesterday that its £1.4m cash injection into Preston’s 2012 Guild celebrations and its backing for the £5m redevelopment of the city’s Flag Market and £3m revamp of Winckley Square will not go ahead, as revealed by the Evening Post last week.

It is also pulling a £380,000 grant for the North Aerospace Alliance, which has an office at Bamber Bridge, the Preston-based call centre industry ‘cluster’ Call North West, which receives £150,000-a-year from the Agency, and its backing to move the National Football Museum from Preston to Manchester from March next year.

Regeneration body Preston Vision, set up to drive through a number of projects in the city, has seen its £425,000 cut and the Leyland Board, a business-led group set up to bring about regeneration in the South Ribble town, has also fallen foul of the cuts.

Support for the second phase of the regional aerospace park plan at BAE Systems’ base in Samlesbury, the Lancaster Science Park and a major training programme and investment in hybrid technology at Leyland Trucks has also been cut.

NWDA chief executive Steven Broomhead said it was looking for £52m of savings in this year’s budget on top of slashing funding from March 2011.

He said: “We will use all available flexibility to try to meet these challenging reductions but the reality is that this is a substantial reduction to our in-year budget and there is bound to be an economic impact on the partners, businesses and communities with whom we work.

“In addition, the size of the cuts means that we have little flexibility in our future budgets and the Agency will not be able to make any new investments or renew partner contracts before our dissolution in April 2012.

“The new Regional Growth Fund announced by Government will offer opportunities for the private and public sector for potential new projects from April 2011 onwards.

“I recognise that this is a very difficult time for both our partners and our staff across the region and I sincerely hope that many of these projects and partners will be able to find alternative sources of funding and will continue to support the growth of the Northwest economy for the years to come.”

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SUB-REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS (Includes core funding, inward investment and Climate Change Action Plan funding):

Cumbria County Council / Cumbria Vision

Commission for New Economy (includes GM Environment Commission Low Carbon Economic Area but excludes inward investment, done through MIDAS)

Lancashire Economic Partnership

Cheshire and Warrington Economic Alliance

The Mersey Partnership


Liverpool Vision

Central Salford

New East Manchester

Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre EDC

Westlakes Renaissance (via Cumbria County Council)

Regenerate Pennine Lancashire


Northwest Automotive Alliance

North West Aerospace Alliance

Northwest Textiles Network (NW Texnet)


Chemicals Northwest

Pro Manchester

Envirolink Northwest

Food Northwest

Call Northwest


Preston City Council - Preston Vision

Burnley Borough Council - Burnley Vision

Liverpool City Council - City Centre Movement Strategy

South Ribble Borough Council - Leyland Vision

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council - The Southport Partnership

Manchester Knowledge Capital

Salford City Council - MediaCityUK Public Sector Partners Programme

Cheshire West and Chester Council - Chester Renaissance

Cheshire West & Chester Council - Northwich Regeneration

Domestic Energy Alliance - Climate Change Action Plan

Business in the Community - Climate Change Action Plan

Energy Saving Trust - Climate Change Action Plan

Natural England - Climate Change Action Plan

Tidy Britain Group - Climate Change Action Plan

Development Education Project (Manchester) - Climate Change Action Plan



Media Sector Development Plan - Audio Visual Skills 2001/12

Manchester Metropolitan University - Birley Fields Education & Health Campus

All Souls Church Restoration, Bolton

Preston Guild 2012

English Half Marathon

World Series Netball

Manchester International Festival

Midpoint 18 Employment Site Development, Middlewich

Parklands Plot 5B, Middlebrook,Bolton

Talbot Gateway, Blackpool

Burnley Bridge Business Park

The Corridor Manchester Public Realm

The Dispensary, New Islington, Manchester

The Manchester Sq, Waterloo and St Chads Headlands, Blackpool

Kingston House, Liverpool - Planning Fees

Leyland Trucks Training Programme

Chester Zoo Natural Vision

Crewe Rail Gateway - Main Project

Ancoats Estate Management Company

Crewe Green/Basford Link Road - Main Project

Preston Vision: Winckley Square Public Realm

Whitefield Economic Development Programme

CBC Aintree

Getrag Training Project, Halewood

MakeMedia Centre

Manchester Ship Canal Aeration (Salford Quays)

Trafford Park Masterplan

Parsonage Colliery Phase 1

Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester - Enabling Works

Next Generation Access Broadband Manchester

Citadel - Court Square,Carlise

Roman Maryport

Lancaster Science Park

Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, Liverpool

Liverpool Science Park Innovation Centre 3

National Football Museum , URBIS

Blackburn TC Knowledge Zone - Cathedral Quarter

Sportscity Major Destination Site

West Float Land Remediation - Wirral

Trafford Wharf land remediation

Preston Vision: Flag Market Public Realm

Riverside Park 2b - Wirral

The Liverpool Institute of Vaccine Research (LIVR)

Regional Aero Park - Samlesbury - Phase II

BAE Submarine Solutions Training Programme

Blackpool - Central Corridor Phase III

Horwich Loco Works (remediation)

Church Wharf, Bolton

Manchester - Burnley - Accrington direct rail link

Carlisle Historic Core Public Realm

Process Innogateway 2

Town Wharf, Middlewich

Crewe Vision Partnership contribution to costs

Frodsham Gateway

Faithful Enterprise

Cibitas - Chester review

Lake District National Park Authority - Employment Sites Programme

Lake District Electric Vehicle demonstration

Environmental Technologies Business Park

Solid State Lighting Demonstration

St Annes public realm - Open Golf 2012

Gen-Probe UK Consolidation at Wythenshawe

Aviation Power Up

Climate Change Action Plan Northwest Climate Fund Phase 2

Jaguar Land Rover Training Project

Leyland Trucks Hybrid Demonstration

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Arts Project

Manchester is my Planet Phase 3

Incubation National Nuclear Lab

NW Autonomous Systems Programme - Innovation

Centre of Excellence for low carbon vehicles technologies

Mersey Tidal Test Centre

Preston Vision: Innovation Trail

Royal Institute for British Architects Second National HQ

Rossendale Vocational Training Centre

Rawtenstall Town Centre Public Realm

Haslingden Public Realm

Skelmersdale College Campus Renewal

Co-op Office Development Skemersdale

Stobart Air

Thomas Storey Stockport

Stalybridge West

Trinity Mirror Transformation Project

Wirral HE Campus

University of Chester - County Hall refurbishment

Chester University Food Research & Development

Cumbria Higher Learning

Sands Centre, Carlisle

Centre for Genomics Research

NW Clinical Fellowships Industry Programme

Strategic Affordable Manufacturing in the UK Leading Environmental Technology

Smart Grid Centre of Excellence

Nuclear Fuel Applied Research Centre

Warrington Bank Quay Station Business Lounge & Subway

Nuclear Low Carbon Economic Area

Wigan On Side Centre, Mesnes Park

Turnpike Centre, Leigh

Fleetwood Fish Park

Centre for Exploitation of Energy Research

City Centre North - the Co-operative Quarter

NW Autonomous Systems Programme - Regional Sectors Project

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