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.
Photograph Copyright 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 (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."
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!
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