Local Place- Northwich

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  • Created on: 03-04-19 11:51


In the 1670's Salt Beds were discovered under Northwich, which were mined up until the 19th Century which then became unprofitable. Leading to hot water being pumped through in order to produce brine. This led to the mines becoming unstable, and subsequently being abandoned.  The salt industry then moved the Winsford, which has been the largest rock salt mine in the UK since the 1860s.

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2011 Census- Population 20,000 (49.6% males) (50.4% females)

The percentage of residents in Northwich rating their health as 'very good' is more than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Northwich rating their health as 'very bad' is less than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Northwich is generally better than in the average person in England.  Northwich has a higher level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a lower rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does not have a significant immigrant population.  The population of Northwich as a whole, is older than the national average. The population of Northwich is also older than the average, making Northwich an older persons location.

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Economic Activity

Based on the 2001 Census, Northwich had 13,928 people aged between 16 and 74. Of these, 8,908 (64.0%) people were categorised as economically active; 4,268 (30.6%) were economically inactive; 455 (3.3%) were unemployed.

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Barons' Quay Development

Regeneration intiated in 2005 by the construction of retail units on top of an abandoned salt mine, the local council took over the project in 2008 from private investors, the cost of construction was £13m.  However, the stabilisation of the mines cost £32m to fill them with grout to prevent collapse.

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In the initial stages of the project, an Asda and an Odean Cinema both moved into the retail units.

Later on a restaurant called Wildwood moved in also.

These have both increased footfall and income in Barons' Quay.

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They are the only three to use the retail units, leaving the vast majority of it empty, this means that it will take decades for the project to be payed off, and even further investment, which is something the council are considering in order to attract more big businesses to the units.

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