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Funding Success for Neston's Sytchcroft Park Improvements

Published: 29th November 2017 13:33

The community in Neston is a step closer to getting an improved play area and open space at Sytchcroft Park, thanks to a grant of nearly £45k from funding body WREN and match funding of over £90k from the Neston S106 pot and other contributions.

WREN's FCC Community Action Fund awarded the grant of £44,954, which will now be added to a contribution of £90k approved by the S106 Steering Group, made up of reprentatives from Cheshire West and Chester and Neston Town Councils, Neston & District Chamber of Trade, Neston Community Youth Centre and Neston Civic Society.  Additional contributions to the total have been made by Neston Town Council from the new homes budget and CWAC local ward member Cllr Andy Williams.

The money will be used to create a new play area, multi-use games area, footpaths and wider landscape improvements in the park.

Improvements are to be made to Sytchcroft park in Neston(l-r):Calvin Stockton (Public Realm and Play Commissioner, CW&C); Cllr Ceri Lloyd (Neston Town Councillor - Neston Ward); Cllr Pat Kynaston (Mayor, Neston Town Council); Cllr Andy Williams (Neston Ward Member, CW&C); Cllr Louise Gittins (Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, CW&C); Mike Holmes (Built Environment Officer - Landscape and Design, CW&C).

Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: "The improvements at Sytchcroft will provide a real boost for Neston. The project has been a great example of joint working between the Council, the Town Council, other project partners and the community.

"The importance of green spaces and play areas in our communities, and the contribution they make to health and wellbeing, has long been recognised. It is essential that the quality of our play areas and green spaces is maintained and enhanced where possible.

"It's fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we're really looking forward to a refurbished play area and open space taking shape over the next year."

Councillor Ceri Lloyd, from Neston Town Council (Neston Ward) said: "The bid is the culmination of a lot of hard work and perseverance from a number of people committed to improving the quality of life for Neston residents.

"The success of the bid to receive money from WREN shows the power of effective partnership working within local communities. The Town Council has worked with its partners to secure considerable external funding for this project. We look forward to working with everyone to deliver the new park and the improved recreational outcomes for people of Neston."

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN's Grant Manager for Cheshire says: "We're delighted to be supporting the Sytchcroft Park project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Neston. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon."

The Council, in partnership with Neston Town Council, conducted wide scale public consultation in 2016 and 2017 presenting ideas to the community on how to improve the whole Sytchcroft site. Ideas included the presentation of a masterplan detailing how to refurbish the site which included new toddler and junior play areas, a multi-use games area together with open space and landscaping improvements, improved entrances to and from the site, new signage and site footpath links. There was widespread community support to improving the site.

The funding from WREN will contribute towards acquisition and installation of new play equipment. Work will begin to improve Sytchcroft Park in 2018.

The partnership was also successful in October this year following the Tesco Bags of Help vote in local Tesco stores, the Sytchcroft Art and Interpretation Project came third and was chosen by Tesco Customers to receive an award of £1,000. Voting was held at Tesco stores during July and August 2017. Engagement will now continue with both Neston High School and Neston Primary School as part of the wider Sytchcroft project.

S106 funds from the Sainsbury's development have also been used to pay towards public realm improvements such as streetlighting, signage and road and pavement work in the town centre.

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Tina J
At 19:40 on 30th November 2017, Tina J commented:
Well done to all involved .About time this park got a renovation ,taking children there you had to avoid getting prickled with all the weeds and take wipes for all the bird muck

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