A COUNCILLOR has questioned whether it is worth his village entering the annual community pride competition after it came joint bottom for its population size in the 2006 contest.
Malpas parish and city councillor Keith Ebben says his community always get good reports by the judges but never gets the recognition it deserves.
'We always seem to come fairly close to the bottom for some reason,' he said. 'I don't know if it's worth the effort. We seem to get quite reasonable reports but we never get anywhere. We are very lucky to live in one of the most vibrant villages with a good range of shops but we don't seen to get the recognition and perhaps we should question whether we should go in for it.' Parish chairman Cllr Ann Wright said Malpas has done well in the 2005 competition winning a vibrancy award and the youth centre had also won an award, but she agreed the village was sometimes overlooked.
The 2006 report was positive describing the village as 'interesting'.
It said residents and traders take 'great pride' in their surroundings but criticised Chester City Council which has responsibility for keeping the streets clean and emptying the litter bins.
It read: 'It is a great pity that their efforts are undermined by Chester City Council, whose responsibilities seem to be infused with slovenliness and neglect. This is typified by the appearance of the street cleaner's barrow.'