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Upgraded Parkgate Car Park Opens to Traffic

Published: 29th July 2016 13:40

A previously under-used and poorly designed car park in Parkgate has re-opened following an extensive overhaul.

The car park, in Station Road, has also got a brand new name.  Pupils at Parkgate Primary School were asked to come up with suggestions.  Cheshire West and Chester Councillor for Parkgate ward, Martin Barker, who spearheaded the car park project, said: "We chose the name Ropewalk Car Park, although the Pill Box Car Park was a close second." The latter suggestion stemmed from the WWII 'Pill Box' that remains on Station Road where it stood guard over the nearby railway bridge in days gone by.

Ropewalk Car Park, ParkgateRopewalk Car Park in Parkgate. Photo by Andy Mills

Spaces in the free-to-use car park have increased from 12 to 30.  New foot and bridle paths have been laid, granite steps installed and landscaping carried out - including an additional 4000 bulbs which the children from Parkgate Primary School will help to plant in the Autumn.

The cost of the project came in at around £40,000, with funding coming from Cllr Barker's Member's budget, Neston Town Council, New Homes Bonus and CWaC.

Local PCSOs are looking at holding events at weekends on the Donkey Stand to educate and direct visitors to all the local car parks, including moving them on from parking illegally.

New signage in and around the car park will be in place within the next couple of weeks.

Cllr Barker said: "In such a short space of time we have managed to organise, develop and create this space, improving the public realm and creating better parking facilities for residents and visitors to Parkgate.

"It is now important that we promote the Ropewalk Car Park to help facilitate the increasing numbers of visitors to the area."

Ropewalk Car Park is located on the left hand side of Station Road when approaching Parkgate Parade from Neston.  It sits alongside an entrance to the Wirral Way and overlooks Neston Cricket Club.

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Rob Ward
At 14:30 on 29th July 2016, Rob Ward commented:
Well done to all involved. Parkgate attracts lots of visitors, who enjoy the views, the birds and the food. They can't all park on The Parade, and this will help. Could parking on The Parade be limited to two hours? This would help people coming for a meal who can't walk from the car parks.
Be careful when emerging from the Wirral Way onto Station Road: cars signalling left may not be coming to the Wirral Way, but to the Cricket Club: the entrances are very close.

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