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Parklet-Life Arrives in Neston

Published: 13th August 2021 09:26

Neston Town Centre is now looking better than ever, with a brand new Parklet in the High Street joining an array of new planters, designed to revitalise the area as it emerges from the pandemic.

Parklet-Life Arrives in Neston

The Parklet is situated in the layby outside Paisley Grey and Selby's in lower High Street. It comprises seating and planting to provide a unique space for the community to meet friends, new and old, have a chat, enjoy some refreshments, or simply watch the world go by.

Funded through the COVID Outbreak Management Fund as part of a scheme of initiatives to support the High Street, the new addition has attracted positives responses and some criticism since its impending installation was announced on AboutMyArea last month.

Parklet-Life Arrives in Neston

Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Martin Barker said: "‘The Parklet is a great addition to the town centre. Our local independent businesses have suffered greatly during the pandemic and it was felt that businesses should have as much opportunity as possible to maximise their revenue over the next couple of months.

"Increasing al fresco space will allow for this and also create a vibrant look for the public realm of Neston."

David Ince, owner of Paisley Grey, said: "I've seen a lot of negative reaction on social media to the installation of the Parklet, but I hope most people understand that there are still many that would prefer to eat, drink or socialise outside, where there is less risk of transmitting COVID.

"The new Parklet will allow people to meet al fresco if this makes them feel more comfortable. Not only this, the scheme has been trialled in other locations and the results have been positive in terms of bringing people back to towns and providing an appealing place to meet.

"We welcome the space being used in this way - the area's original use as a temporary parking area for shoppers was being abused by vehicles parking there all day, as there is little to no traffic warden presence in Neston any more."

Parklet-Life Arrives in Neston

The Parklet comes hot on the heels of new planters added at The Cross, funded from Cllr Martin Barker and Cllr Keith Millar's members' budgets, filled and maintained by Elephant Collective. These, in turn, were preceded by wooden planters in the layby outside The Blue Bicycle.  Plants in the new Parklet will likewise be cared for by the nearby businesses.

The parklet is a pilot scheme, any feedback about it can be emailed to the Rural Locality team by clicking here.  You may also, of course, leave your comments below this article.

Photos provided by Neston Town Councillor Brenda Marple, who said: "I think it looks great, and when I was sitting on a bench, I felt quite well-screened from the road. Couldn't resist a selfie!"

Parklet-Life Arrives in Neston


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CO Jones
At 17:19 on 13th August 2021, CO Jones commented:
Another welcome improvement. Looking forward to a hearty breakfast there in the sunshine.
Eve J
At 11:59 on 30th August 2021, Eve J commented:
It is such a shame that this new installation has taken away parking in an already crowded town centre. It’s also shocking to learn that it was paid for using money given to the local council from the COVID fund (used to support track and trace!). Huge carbon footprint attached to this creation too.
Rob Ward
At 10:28 on 4th September 2021, Rob Ward commented:
I've tried sitting outside one of the HIgh Street cafes, and found the traffic rather noisy. Soon electric vehicles might be the norm, then the High Street will be quieter, and have cleaner air.
Parking places in the High Street could be reserved for disabled people and for deliveries.
Scott Morein
At 17:01 on 5th September 2021, Scott Morein commented:
It certainly looks quite smart – a bit incongruous perhaps next to queuing traffic although I understand it is only temporary. Notwithstanding, I've yet to see anybody it using however, I only tend to pass this way at lunchtimes (ish) hours – perhaps more popular in the mornings?
At 21:43 on 9th September 2021, DorisParker121 commented:
This cost £44,007. Unacceptable waste of money.
Scott Morein
At 18:41 on 16th September 2021, Scott Morein commented:
Still curious - has anybody used this yet? I've been passed a couple of times a day over the last week or two and it has been completely empty - times typically noon - 4 pm. Is it used in the evening / early morning I wonder.
Scott Morein
At 12:35 on 26th September 2021, Scott Morein commented:
Ten days have elapsed since my last comment, and a further 20 or so occasions when I have passed the 'parklet', and on each occasion nobody is using it. Just curious, other then than the initial publicity photo, has anybody ever used it?
At 10:45 on 27th September 2021, Tony commented:
I've sat there, but only once. The problem is that whehter by accident or design, they haven't put tables in there. If they had then people could sit to eat or drink. I think it looks good, but it's not very useable as it is. In places like Bold Street in Liverpool they've included tables and they seem to be well used. Cheshire West getting things only half right, as usual?

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