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Local Resident Calls for New Neston Partnership

Published: 10th September 2019 10:24

Local resident Robin Hughes is making a case for there to be a new partnership formed in Neston, to ensure that the area stands up and takes charge of its own destiny.

Robin, who has lived in Parkgate for 48 years, has been employed professionally in government and local strategic planning for many years. He was on the Market Towns Initiative Board and chaired the follow-up group CH64 Inc. Latterly he worked on policy development for the Neston Neighbourhood Plan and chaired the Monitoring Group that produced a progress report for the Town Council in 2018.

Neston Town CentreNeston Town Centre - one of the topics included in Robin's commentary.  Photo by Bernard Rose - you can see more of Bernard's local photos on his new Facebook page, Neston & Parkgate Photography.

Before retirement, Robin undertook local authority and NHS performance appraisals as well as child protection, youth justice and mental health investigations for the Departments of Health and Education and had previously been a consultant advising the Home Secretary on charitable and voluntary work.

In a far-reaching report, Robin has looked at the outcomes of a number of studies that have been carried out, including the most recently completed Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan.  He argues that whilst Neston features more than it used to in county-wide considerations, there is still work to be done. He makes his case under headings he has selected from the Local Plan, including areas such as affordable housing, transport infrastructure, the town centre, health and well-being and more.

Having made such an in-depth study, Robin says on page 1 of the report: "I would like to see a widely representative Neston Community Partnership set up to coordinate and progress actions, including obtaining funding, that will tackle some of the opportunities for Neston identified in the CWaC Local Plan, its concomitant Rural Growth Strategy Report and the Neston Neighbourhood Plan.

"It is not a new idea having first been proposed by the Neston Market Town Initiative in 2008 and there are plenty of models adopted by other towns."

You can read Robin's report in full here.*

I recommend that you do, and would like to thank Robin for his time and commitment to improving outcomes for the Neston area.

Once you have read the report, please do feel free to comment below.

*Some readers may have received the commentary directly from Robin via email. Please note that the version made available here is version 3, so has some additions to the previous iteration.



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At 11:12 on 11th September 2019, Denno commented:

I thought that was called Neston Town Council?
At 14:08 on 13th September 2019, Gareth commented:
Great work Robin.

Denno, I (a personal opinion) believe that this could have been Neston Town Council but they took on a different role. Its not been clear so far that they have the appetite for this, though I wait with interest to see the "Steps [...] taken to formulate a clear direction for the Council via a "Vision" and "Mission statement". Following on from this the Council will be looking at their strategic planning and will continue to review their budgets." mentioned in another article. (link here http://bit.ly/2kfPJ6Z)

Whether or not this fits with NTC's strategic planning, I believe it is important for anyone interested in the future of the town to attend the Re:Imagining Neston group meeting on Monday Evening. There is definitely a surge of potential that needs to be encouraged.

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