'It's in our hands'

Neston Town Council takes control of town hall and market

David Sejrup Community leaders in Neston celebrate the transfer of the management of the town hall and market to the town council
Community leaders in Neston celebrate the transfer of the management of the town hall and market to the town council

A town council has taken over the management of its town hall and market in a groundbreaking move.

Neston Town Council signed up to the arrangement which saw it take control of the assets from Cheshire West and Chester Council which maintains ownership.

At a formal signing of the agreement between the two councils, the management transfer of the key town centre assets was put in place for the next three years.

Neston Town Mayor, Cllr Tom Marlow, said: “By taking on these assets the town council is creating a real connection with the community.

“We’ll seek to ensure that the town hall meets the needs of users and to support the existing market and create more markets and events on the square.

"Local management will ensure the Neston market is well promoted and fulfils it potential.

“New additional specialist markets will bring more people into town to shop and I have no doubt that this will provide a catalyst for further change in the town centre.”

The asset transfer will be complemented by other initiatives in the town centre over the coming months including enhancements to the public realm, new signage and the introduction of public art to help improve the look and feel of the whole town as well as enhance the shopping experience and increase footfall.

The borough’s executive member for Localities, Cllr Lynn Riley (Con) said: “Across the borough, Cheshire West Council is working closely with lots of different groups to transfer public sector assets into the direct management and control of local people.

“It makes sense to ensure that local people can get involved and help shape how services are provided in their area.

“I am delighted that the town council can now move forward and ensure that both the town hall and the market become focal hubs within the heart of the town for the benefit of residents.”

Neston ward borough councillor Andy Williams (Lab) added: “The transfer of management to the town council is a huge investment in the centre of Neston.

“Local management will ensure Neston has a sustainable future and is an enjoyable, prosperous and vibrant place to live, work and visit.”

For more information on the asset transfer or to share your ideas about what you would like to see in Neston, email town centre manager Katy Pierce on tcm@nestontowncouncil.org.uk.

 
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