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A Bright Future for Neston!

Published: 1st April 2013 00:01

After much delay, details have finally been announced of plans to rejuvenate Neston using S106 funds accrued as part of the Sainsbury's Development.

A broad spectrum of initiatives will soon be implemented, reinventing the public face of Neston, beginning with an ambitious plan to brighten up the town centre.

Neston Cross Facelift
How the town centre will look after this Summer's implementation of the new scheme.
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Bernard Rose Photography

A common theme encountered during S106 consultation exercises was the need for a ‘face lift' to freshen up the high street and surrounding area, and to provide the town with an identity. A Design Team of experienced architects, artists and town planners have produced a five phase plan, delivery of which commences this summer with a real splash of colour!

Regional Ambience Index PaletteRegional Ambience Index (R.A.I) Palette

Inspired by successful neighbourhood palette schemes adopted in many towns around the world (see below), all buildings in the area are to be repainted in one of a specific range of pastel colours, chosen from the Regional Ambience Index (R.A.I).

Phase 1:
S016 monies will be used to fund the painting of public buildings and commercial premises within the Neston Public Realm, with retailers being consulted on their preferred colour for their premises.

Phase 2: Additional S106 monies will subsequently be released, to support the extension of the R.A.I. palette throughout the surrounding residential area.

The head of the CW&C Design Team, Magenta Ball-Farrow, revealed: "In all the global communities we researched, where similar schemes are adopted wholesale, a significant increase in the overall sense of well-being and pride in local identify was consistently observed.

"However, for the scheme to be a success, it has to be implemented without exception. As with any major change, an element of resistance is anticipated from some quarters, so the Council will be holding a poll of R.A.I. pigments, to enable residents to determine for themselves the palette they feel best represents the Neston identity."

Towns Researched by Neston Design Team
Some of the towns researched by the Neston Design Team

Neston residents can expect to see an army of painters arriving in the High Street this May, with Phase 1 planned to be complete in readiness for the 2013 Ladies Day Parade.

Editor's Note, 02.04.13: Thank you to everyone who has messaged us regarding this year's April Fool article. A surprising number of you think this should actually happen - frankly, I agree!

See our previous April Fool articles here.

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At 08:51 on 1st April 2013, piglingbland commented:
needs more than a lick of paint.
Balamory springs to mind
At 09:36 on 1st April 2013, alex commented:
As it is April the 1st I can only hope its an April fools day joke!
Very good I did nearly believe it.
Carrie Spacey
At 10:31 on 1st April 2013, Carrie Spacey responded:
Judging by the comments on our facebook page this morning, this seem to be a very popular scheme. What do YOU think?
At 10:36 on 1st April 2013, Bernard commented:
I think we would be fools not to except the plans, a great opportunity to bring a bit of colour to the streets of Neston, would certainly bring a lot of visitors to the Town.
At 11:14 on 1st April 2013, LindaPellingPhotography commented:
I think it will look realllllly pretty :) xx
John Cartlidge
At 11:52 on 1st April 2013, John Cartlidge commented:
Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.

A great April Fools, but an even better idea would be to actually do it. Caution though; will need some sort of cloaking device / invisible paint for Viscount House. Really make the town stand out, just as the colours are shown in the mock up.
At 13:46 on 1st April 2013, Bernard commented:
may need some invisibility paint also for Shand
At 21:37 on 1st April 2013, Owden commented:
Invisibility paint for Sainsbury's would work best for me. Bad enough it was approved to be built in the first place but topping it off with a aesthetically displeasing design and a crooked clock... ?
Old Timer
At 18:36 on 3rd April 2013, Old Timer commented:
Just reviewed some photographs I took immediately pre Sainsbury's and I have to agree with OWDEN that Neston was a far nicer town before it was cconstructed
CO Jones
At 19:46 on 7th April 2013, CO Jones commented:
I Like it.

I also love the fact that I can do all my food shopping in Neston at Aldi and Sainsbury.

Can't remember the last time I drove to a supermarket.

Lets hope the new TCM post can work the magic and reinvigorate the market and the town centre.

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