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Parkgate Community Spirit in Action

Published: 4th March 2015 09:08

'The Parkgate Vision .... Next Steps' was the title of a meeting held at Neston Cricket Club last October - now a major step forward has been taken towards promoting community spirit.

The meeting gave a number of speakers the opportunity to have their say in shaping the continuing improvements to Parkgate Parade. One of the speakers, David Johnson, a member of the Parkgate Society Committee, spoke about involving the community more and developing the community spirit in Parkgate to assist with the improvements.

The Parkgate Society is the driving force in the Parkgate Vision and is keen to enter the village into the Cheshire Community Pride Competition. David suggested there was more to be done in Parkgate than just tidying the Parade for the benefit of the competition. Over many years the RSPB and community volunteers had worked hard to clear litter and debris left by the various high tides sweeping across the marsh. He had suggested that the marsh clean-up was only the beginning and community action was needed throughout Parkgate. Litter along the Wirral Way, Wood Lane and Boathouse Lane was mentioned, also the neglected state of the green area at the end of Ropewalk, not forgetting the mud and leaves on the pavement between the Parksfield and Ropewalk. Also highlighted was the condition of the seawall and the problem of the trees and weeds growing out of it. Certainly all areas that community volunteers could work on.

Volunteers met before and after the litter pick, at The Red Lion in ParkgateVolunteers met before and after the litter pick, at The Red Lion in Parkgate

At the end of his talk David invited interested residents to sign up and join the community spirit. Twenty two volunteers kindly registered their interest and with offers of support from the Parkgate Traders and the Parkgate representatives on the Town Council, it was agreed that the meeting had been a success.

Since the meeting in October discussions have been held with Cheshire West and Chester Council officials, Neston Town Councillors, the chair of Neston Town Council's "Greening Group"  and the RSPB site Manager. The inaugural meeting of the community spirit volunteers was held at the beginning of February and a decision was made to hold a litter pick and marsh tidy up after the high tides of 20-22nd February.

On Saturday morning 28th February fifteen volunteers met outside the Red Lion at 9.45am and signed in for the litter pick. CWaC had loaned a number of litter grabbers and supplied the green plastic bags, the Parkgate Society had organised the insurance cover for the volunteers and after a safety briefing the volunteers set off clearing the area between the sea wall and the first gutter.

35 bags of rubbish were collected at the Parkgate litter pick35 bags of rubbish were collected at the Parkgate litter pick

David Johnson said: "In two hours, 35 bags of rubbish were collected from the marsh. The volunteers also collected several pieces of timber, two footballs, a 2 metre length of plastic pipe, three tyres and a car wheel. An amazing effort ably assisted by Colin Wells with the RSPB "long hook" who fished out the tyres from the gutters.

"We did also come across builders' rubble and garden waste that had been tipped over the seawall.

"Special mention and thanks must also go to Dave from Cheshire West and Chester Council who drove up and down the Parade collecting all the bags and the rubbish which he took away for disposal.

"The Parkgate Community Spirit is now up and running and with plenty of ideas to improve Parkgate we are looking forward making Parkgate a better place to live and a more pleasant place to visit. If you would like to be involved please contact the Parkgate Society and register your interest via our email - parkgatesociety@googlemail.com."

Volunteers taking part in the Parkgate litter pick in February.Volunteers taking part in the Parkgate litter pick in February.

 

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SARAH S
At 20:02 on 11th March 2015, SARAH S commented:
I love that this is happening, but I remember, 30years ago collecting litter from the marsh on a regular basis.......

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