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Council and Developer Work Together For Parkgate Pathway Improvements

Published: 16th March 2018 08:51

Martin Barker - a Neston Town Councillor who also represents Parkgate on Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) - is delighted that his efforts to respond to requests from local people to improve Manorial Road footpath have been successful.

Town Council funds from the New Homes Bonus were important to this success.

Councillor Barker was approached by residents who were concerned at the state of the muddy footpath that links to two ends of the road. He asked Elan Homes - who are building houses nearby - for help in making the path useable in all types of weather by all residents, including those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

They agreed to help with the project and made a financial contribution of £3,500 towards the cost of the works. This was over and above Elan's community contributions agreed as part of its Old Quay Meadows development. .
By combining Elan's contribution with money from his own CWaC councillor budget, and the contribution from Neston Town Council, Councillor Barker was able to fund the improvements. Now the vital link is complete and being used by residents and visitors alike.

Council and Developer Work Together For Parkgate Pathway ImprovementsCllr Martin Barker and Dudley enjoy a walk on the improved pathway - considerably better than it was before, see below.

Local appreciation of the change was soon clear. One local resident wrote to Councillor Barker: ‘Good to see this delivered successfully. It looks neat and tidy and no damage to trees and fences as far as I can see. Definitely an improvement'.

Another added: ‘Thanks Martin, and thanks to all who you persuaded to contribute - good job'.

After walking the path with his dog Dudley during the recent cold weather, Councillor Barker said: "This project shows what can be achieved by combining some local funding with money provided by a private firm delivering a housing scheme.

"Neston Town Council's contribution was also important to delivering this small but significant local project in Parkgate. There was no additional cost to local taxpayers because the money came from Neston Town Council's New Homes Bonus.

"I am particularly pleased at the quality of the work which enables everybody, including those in buggies and wheelchairs, to use this important local link."

Council and Developer Work Together For Parkgate Pathway Improvements

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, added: "As a niche developer we recognise that it's important to support the neighbourhoods where we're building, by investing in the community.

"When we heard about the condition of this pathway near our Old Quay Meadows development we were keen to help. It's great to see that the new footpath is already being well used by local residents."

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At 16:32 on 16th March 2018, SHric commented:
Thank you very much for arranging this Councillor Barker, your efforts are much appreciated.
CO Jones
At 17:34 on 16th March 2018, CO Jones commented:
I may be in the minority with this opinion but a lot of the footpath improvement work locally and nationally is a bad idea.

What was the problem with the original state of the path? It was wheelchair accessible and was not difficult to negotiate for those unsure of footing.

I just see another soakaway area lost. Tarmac and concrete is destroying this country's ability to naturally drain during times of heavy rain fall. Encouraging surface water run off towards (less than regularly maintained) road gully's is a terrible idea and leads to so much residential flooding.

I am not being contrary. I would love to hear why this is an improvement and the reasoning. If it because of the muddy nature of the old path... its poor reasoning
At 09:59 on 17th March 2018, HappyDays commented:
I am delighted that the path is now resurfaced as this has made taking my elderly mum in her wheelchair to the front at Parkgate so much easier. Before the work was done I struggled to push the wheelchair along as it constantly caught on stones and collected mud etc on the wheels. Now mum has a much smoother ride and no more muddy wheels to deal with on our return to the residential home. Thank you Councillor Barker for all your effort and to Elan Homes for giving so generously. Much appreciated.
Anthony A
At 13:49 on 21st March 2018, Anthony A commented:
As a regular user of the path I do think it's an improvement. It was often impossible to use without getting shoes filthy and, as one reader has already commented, it was not wheelchair friendly.

Plenty of soil has been left either side so I'm not concerned about run-off problems - and there has been no evidence of any such issues in the recent wet weather. It would have been nice, perhaps, to see a rather more attractive surface used but that's a minor quibble.

Overall, well done to Martin for sorting this out.

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