Improved Sytchcroft Park Now Open in Neston
|Published: 6th December 2018 09:49|
Work to transform Sytchcroft Park in Neston with a new play area and landscaping has now been completed and it is formally open to the public.
Cheshire West and Chester Council, Neston Town Council, partners, funders and contractors have been working in partnership to improve the park over the last year with a new play area, a multi-use games area, and additional footpaths and open space landscaping.
Sytchcroft Park is formally open. (l-r):Jason Lambert (Environment Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council); PCSO Linda Conway (Cheshire Police); Cllr Andy Williams (Ward Councillor); Calvin Stockton (Public Realm and Play Commissioner, Cheshire West and Chester Council); Cllr Ceri Lloyd (Neston Town Council); Cllr Christine Warner (Neston Town Council); Rob Ward (Neston Civic Society); Cllr Pat Kynaston (Mayor of Neston); Mike Holmes (Total Environment Team, Built Environment Officer (Landscape & Design) Cheshire West and Chester Council); Cllr Janet Griffiths (Neston Town Council); Carrie Spacey (Neston Section 106 Group and Editor of AboutMyArea Neston); Sgt. Lisa Green (Cheshire Police); Cllr Louise Gittins (Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing); Local Artist Chris Goodwin; Dale Jones (Rural Locality Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council).
The installation of CCTV and lighting improvements within the park has also been completed through joint working between the Council's Highways/Street Lighting Team, Neston Town Council and Cheshire Police. Work has also been scheduled to improve the lighting between the park and Neston Railway Station.
The successful partnership has secured significant funding and support from within the Council, Neston Town Council, the Neston Section 106 Group, WREN Community Action Fund, Local Ward Member funding, Neston Civic Society, ForHousing, Adactus Housing Association, Tesco Bags of Help and Borderlands Railway.
Also, with the support of the funding from Adactus Housing Association and Tesco Bags of Help, a local artist has been commissioned and is currently conducting workshops with pupils from Neston High School and Neston Primary School to complete a community art project to design a site theme and be incorporated into site entrance information boards and to support the "Smile for a Mile" initiative. This work is to be completed over the coming months and examples of the children's work will be displayed at Neston Community Youth Centre and the Town Hall.
Spring Blubs have also been planted on site by children from Neston Primary School, St Winfride's RC Primary School and Woodfall Primary School.
Two benches have been installed by Neston Civic Society, using part of the bequest by Ruby Holloway.
Rob Ward and Janet Griffiths from Neston Civic Society, which has donated two benches to the park.
A community celebration event is to be organised for the spring 2019 to celebrate the new park.
The Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: "The Council has produced a borough-wide Play Strategy which provides a valuable resource to those with a responsibility for managing outdoor play and youth spaces.
"Utilising the play strategy, the Council and its partners have been delivering a play improvement plan over the past couple of years. The improved play area and open space at Sytchcroft has been part of this process and is a fine example of successful partnership working between the Council, Neston Town Council, funders, partners and the community.
"Neston residents now have a wonderful new facility to enjoy which I am sure will contribute to improved health and well-being. I would like to offer my thanks to all who have taken part in the delivery of this project."
In better weather, no doubt the multi-sports area will be very much in use!
Neston Town Councillor and Chair of the Sytchcroft Working Group, Councillor Ceri Lloyd said: "The transformation of Sytchcroft Park demonstrates how effective a town council can be for its community - understanding local needs and aspirations and then working constructively with those who have the resources and skills to deliver such a scheme. I'm delighted that this part of Neston now has the significant investment it deserves for its children and their families and I hope they thoroughly enjoy it!'
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, Senior Grant Manager, WREN said: "It's wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children and families across Neston. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved."