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New year boost for popular Neston park

Improvements planned for Stanney Fields Park

Members of the 'Friends of Stanney Fields Park', Dave Connis, Harry Bladen, Graham Smith, Scott Mealor, Kev Breenard, Kaye Davies, Mary Lavery and Greg Heath

A new year boost costing £75,000 is under way at a popular park.

A programme of improvements for Stanney Fields Park in Neston to benefit users of all ages was revealed by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Work started at the beginning of the month and is scheduled to last for about six weeks subject to weather and ground conditions.

The revamp will include the installation of three new ramps and a grind rail for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMXing.

The Dell area of the park, which has been under-utilised in the past and is in need of improvement, will see the crazy-paving pathway replaced with a new surface and a small pedestrian bridge over a section of the brook.

Other improvements will include seating, bins, picnic tables and soft landscaping to visually improve the area to make it more appealing for park users.

Neston ward borough councillor Andy Williams (Lab) said: “I am delighted to announce that our park is to benefit from these much-needed improvements, which will extend the leisure provision for all users.

“The council consulted with local residents earlier in the year and the works we see now are a direct result of the community really getting involved in the development of this project.

“Local young people shared their views and I hope they are pleased with the improvements being made to the wheelspark.”

The borough council points out Stanney Fields is a green flag park and the improvements will help to improve and extend its facilities and benefit visitors.

The Friends of Stanney Fields Park have been involved in the project and say they are delighted that funding has been found.

The project has been funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust which awarded a grant of £25,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Executive director of the trust, Paul Taylor, said: “We have awarded over £580,000 to community and environmental projects in Cheshire in the last five years and it is great to hear that this one will soon start.

“The improvements will make the park a pleasant and accessible place where the whole community can meet up, enjoy the outdoors, and relax or exercise.

“I look forward to seeing the completed results.”

 

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