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Parkgate Society Community Spirit Team is Making a Difference

Author: David Johnson Published: 17th August 2015 08:49

Over the past few weeks you may have noticed that Parkgate is starting to look tidier and more welcoming.

Members of the Parkgate Society Community Spirit teamMembers of the Parkgate Society Community Spirit team have been busy making a difference.

For instance, where the seawall meets the pavement along the Parade, the weeds have been removed. This is down in no small measure to one of the volunteers of the Parkgate Society Community Spirit Team, Stella Duncan, who has been out most mornings working her way along the Parade from the Old Quay to the Boathouse pulling up the grass and weeds. As well as the work on the Parade, Stella has found time to join the other volunteers involved with tidying up various other areas in Parkgate.

The mud and plant debris left by the high tides earlier this year has been removed from the middle slipway on the Parade. Weeds have been cleared from the pavement on Station Road past the Old Quay and up to the Cricket Club. The stretch of pavement from the end of the Ropewalk up to the Wirral Way has been cleared.

Overgrown shrubbery has been cut back to the railings and the mud, left over by the flooding in 2013, has been cleared from the pavement. Low overhanging branches have been removed allowing easier passage for pedestrians. Over the past two Wednesday evenings the overgrown shrubbery on the pavement over the bridge on Boathouse Lane has been trimmed back to the railings. The full width of the pavement is now available for pedestrians to walk safely over the bridge, well away from the kerb edge.

Members of the Parkgate Society Community Spirit teamBefore and after: a lot of tidying up of weeds and overgrown shrubbery has been taking place.

Other areas for the future attention of the Parkgate Society Community Spirit Team will include the overgrown hedge and grass verge along Station Road towards the entrance of the Wirral Way car park. The area around the public toilets off Mostyn Square will be tidied and they will be working with Street Scene who have agreed to tackle other overgrown areas including the Ropewalk along to Brooklands Road. This is very overgrown in places and is a safety concern that has been raised by a number of residents who walk daily along this pathway. Road and Street name signs that are in need of a clean and refurbishment have been identified and these will be cleaned in the coming months. Those that are in need of replacement have been listed and the list sent to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Hopefully the Community Spirit Initiative to make Parkgate a more pleasant place to live in and to visit is starting to make a difference. The Parkgate Society is grateful to the Parkgate Traders and homeowners along the Parade for their floral displays and also the lick of paint which improves the look of the Parade tremendously.

The Community Spirit team is a sub group of the Parkgate Society and they hope their efforts will enhance the village's entry in the Cheshire Community Pride competition next year. They have received tremendous support from the local and county councillors and also Cheshire West and Chester Council officers. The volunteers are particularly grateful to the staff from Street Scene who have removed nearly 250 green bags of rubbish that they have filled so far this year.

As a group of volunteers they have lots of ideas and enthusiasm and if you would like to join them and help develop a true community spirit, or if you just have suggestions for other areas in Parkgate that require attention, please either stop and chat to them when you see them out tidying up or get in touch via the Parkgate Society email parkgatesociety@gmail.com.


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