Neston Town Council has earmarked £25,000 from its New Homes Bonus (NHB) allocation to improve play provision in the Neston area. A working group involving Town Councillors, CW&C councillors and officers, and community representatives are advising the Council on priorities.
First to benefit will be the Ropewalk play area in Parkgate. The Town Council and CW&C submitted an application to the Bradley Park Community Fund, which distributes landfill tax funding to community projects. This fund has allocated £16,800 to the Ropewalk Play Area Improvement Project, which with matching funds from Neston Town Council (£12,500 from the NHB allocation), CW&C Council (£2,916 from the Parkgate Ward Member’s budget and the Kick Start Fund) will allow a major upgrade of this play area. Three new pieces of play equipment will be installed, a junior two-seat swing, a rope climbing frame, and an all-inclusive roundabout suitable for disabled children. All will be provided with safe surfacing, and installed and certified to ROSPA standards. There will also be improvements to fencing between the play area and the allotments and landscaping of the buffer area between the play area and the allotments. Parkgate Primary School pupils will be involved in the final consultation about the equipment choices, which is expected to be complete by mid-July 2016.
This project is a partnership between Neston Town Council, CW&C Council, and POS Landcare who have sponsored our application for external funding.
The current Ropewalk play area
Photograph provided by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Pictured left to right: Roger Warren (Managing Director, POS Landcare Ltd.); David Carter (Town Councillor for Parkgate Ward); Calvin Stockton (CW&C Play Project Officer); Louise Gittins (Deputy Leader of CW&C); Martin Barker (CW&C and Town Councillor for Parkgate Ward); Elaine Grant (CW&C Localities Officer)
Update – September 2016
Work has started on the upgrading of the Ropewalk play area in Parkgate. In June a new fence was installed between the allotment area and the “buffer zone” between the allotments and the play area. In the week beginning 19th September work began on the installation of three new pieces of play equipment, a junior two-seat swing, a rope climbing frame, and an all-inclusive roundabout suitable for disabled children, together with extension of the safety surfacing to cover the areas in which they will be placed. The buffer zone was cleared ready for planting.
The Ropewalk play area project is a joint project of Neston Town Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council, and is funded in part by the Bradley Park Community Fund, with support from POS Landcare.