Residents in the Garden Quarter are being urged to ‘have their say’ and help shape a community ward plan for their local area.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is working in partnership with the Garden Quarter Residents and Traders Association to develop a community plan containing priorities for improvements. The four year plan will be developed from local residents’ views which are currently being sought via a short survey and also at a forthcoming community consultation event.
Garden Quarter Residents and Traders Association co-chairman Matt Baker explained: “The Garden Quarter is a fantastic neighbourhood and there has always been a tangible community spirit here. But, everyone knows there are issues here.
“This new community plan will be the catalyst to re-energising our community association with the genuine promise of significant funds to go towards local projects over the next twelve months. I really hope that as many people who live, study, visit, trade or worship here will make an effort to come along to a public event at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Hall, Parkgate Road on October 8 (between 6.30 and 8.30pm) and take part in what should be a fun and interactive session.
“At the end of the evening we want to be able to collectively agree short, medium and long term priorities for the Garden Quarter which will improve the local area and people’s quality of life.”
Garden Quarter ward councillor Bob Rudd said: “More and more local people are taking responsibility for the things that affect their life and their community, creating a sense of ownership and civic pride. With a four year community plan in place, this will help to unlock vital funding to deliver on some of the priorities people have told me they want to see addressed. Whatever is important to local people, we want to hear about it.”
Once the ward plan has been developed, it is hoped that residents will get involved where possible to help deliver what is important to them. More information on how to get involved will become available as the plan develops.
The short survey can be completed online at: www.yourwestcheshire.co.uk/GardenQuarterPriorities or on facebook at: www.facebook.com/gardenquarter
Alternatively, paper copies of the survey can still be picked up and returned to: Mustique Hair Salon on Garden Lane before the closing date of Friday, October 23.