Neston Town Council Blossoms in the First Half of 2019
|Published: 10th September 2019 14:03|
With six months of the year already gone, Neston Town Council have provided an update of what they have been doing and some of the awards they have made under their grants scheme.
This year has seen the refurbishment of the Town Hall basement to enhance the Friday market experience. The basement now houses a revamped food hall, inviting specialist artisan traders to attend. From September 27th there will be a monthly Foodie Friday on the last Friday of the month (more information here).
This year the Town Council has streamlined its floral arrangements, and many residents have commented favourably on the much enhanced hanging baskets and planted areas. These are now designed and maintained by PDQ Landscape Maintenance.
One of the many hanging baskets sponsored by Neston Town Council in the local area.
Peter Quayle from PDQ Landscape Maintenance and his team look after many planters and planted areas on behalf of the Town Council.
To mark the commemoration of the end of WWI, the Council installed a bench on the green in Little Neston, where the unveiling was attended by one of the ‘Tommies' and some local school children.
Neston Town Council has been working in partnership with the Youth Justice Service who have, free of charge, done a sterling job of clearing what was once a disused, overgrown, inaccessible area at the Marshlands Road allotment site. The Council are funding further works to cut down the trees with the intention of using the area for improving the health and well-being of local residents.
Steps have been 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.
This year a number of grants have been made to local community organisations such as Neston Swimming and Polo Club, Little Actors and Chapter North West; others are in the pipeline. The Council has also recorded its thanks to Hip and Harmony CIC, who have agreed to facilitate a 2019 Christmas Lights switch-on event.
Photo by Bernard Rose
Neston Nomads received £10,000, which will provide funding towards renovation of their club house, medals, courses and kits for the teams. Neston Female Society have been supported by the Town Council for many years and the annual road closures for the Ladies Club celebrations are funded by NTC.
Neston Town Council's grants scheme is open to voluntary and community groups and organisations operating within the Neston area and is intended to:
- enable local people to participate in voluntary groups and activities;
- help the Neston area's voluntary and community groups improve their impact on the community;
- ensure the provision of services needed by the residents of the Neston area, via the voluntary sector;
- support organisations which meet the needs of people experiencing social and economic difficulties;
- ensure that there is equality of access and opportunity for all Neston residents to the services it provides and funds;
- improve or enhance the local environment.
The Neston Town Council grants scheme successfully provided grants of £28,932.90 for the benefit of the local community.