Interim Report, March 1979

The Warrington-Runcorn Development Committee commisioned this music in early 1979 as the soundtrack of a short film to publicise the work of the Committee in providing a thriving cultural life for the residents of the new estates of Warrington and Runcorn. Excerpts were shown later that year on BBC’s Nationwide.

1979 marked a change in the political and wider culture of British society. The Warrington-Runcorn development marks the swan song of post-war urban planning in the UK – soon the ethos of building better communities would be replaced by Thatcherite “no such thing as society” greed. And look where that got us.

The album is being re-pressed on yellow and black splatter vinyl and should be available in stores in November 2021.


A1Gateway to the North2m 58s
A2Aerial Views by Helicopter3m 21s
A3Castlefields6m 06s
A4The Town of Tomorrow5m 48s
B1Intercity3m 04s
B2Shopping City6m 37s
B3Windmill Hill4m 07s
B4Gateway to the Future3m 41s