Councillor Blog - Martin Barker - December 2015
|Published: 21st December 2015 10:01|
Cllr Martin Barker, Cheshire West and Chester Council Member for Parkgate ward, catches us up on the last few months.
The sea wall at Parkgate is being cleared and repaired
Its time to reflect on my first six months as ward councillor for Parkgate and a lot has been achieved in such a short time. I am now getting to grips with my role as Chair of the newly revamped Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This job comes with many challenges, however, as the subjects for scrutiny have so far incuded child safeguarding, adult social care, education and domestic abuse, making it a role that is complex but rewarding.
The Parkgate Action Group is now in full swing and we have met on four occasions. The group consists of CWaC, Neston Town Council, local community groups including Parkgate Traders, Parkgate Society and Parkgate Communty Spirit group, and we have now introduced residents to the mix to ensure that individual residents who want to become involved can do so.
Two of my manifesto promises were to deliver improved parking facilities and seawall maintenance in Parkgate.Since the election I have taken action to delver on both of these promises. I have developed proposals and secured funding to undertake a significant improvement to the car park on Station Road. This will create up to 40 additional spaces and resut in substantial environmental improvement. With regards to the seawall I have been working with Bridges and Structures (CWaC) who have now agreed to remove the shrubs and weeds and carry out minor repairs to the wall. Work has already commenced and at least 30m from the Old Quay pub has already been cleared.
I have been having a series of meetings with CWaC Environment and Energy officers and members of the Parkgate Society and we are now close to securing a flood resilience box which will be located outside the public toilet block in Mostyn Square. This will contain items such as high visibility jackets, radios, gel bags etc to be used as an initial response prior to the emergency services arrival in the rare event of flooding in Parkgate. We are looking for more volunteers willing to become key holders and help out during any emergency.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
If you think I can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me via my mobile 07711 373104 or email email@example.com.