A market town manager who said she could spot the town's renaissance from her London desk 200 miles away with views of St Paul’s is leaving at the end of her successful three year contract.
Katy Pierce, Neston’s town centre manager, will be leaving the role in September having been appointed in 2013.
Previously employed by the City of London, she dealt with financial contributions secured from developers to benefit local communities and was also involved in improvements to the environment, transport and housing.
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With a three-year contract ahead, she said: “It’s a great honour to be given the opportunity to work with the town council on improving Neston’s town centre.
”Much good work has been undertaken already and with such a strong community spirit, historic market and independent retail offer, I know that Neston has a great and sustainable future ahead.”
Apart from a brief to drive forward and deliver the revitalisation of the town centre, Katy has also had the job of promoting and managing the town hall, square and market.
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The town council says: “Katy has accomplished much. She has got the town’s businesses working together on new projects, including special promotions at Christmas time and also promoted the town as being cycle friendly.
“She persuaded the Liverpool, Chester, Liverpool cycle ride to divert through Parkgate and the town centre bringing potential commercial benefits to local business.
“Under Katy’s leadership the fortunes of the Neston markets have been transformed. The market is often full on Fridays, the Farmers and Foodmakers Market has been successfully revived and the Arts & Design Market has been established.
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“The town hall is getting back to being a venue used by the community after Katy ensured internal redecoration, better curtaining and a new kitchen for use by hirers.”
The post was 25% funded through finance available from the Sainsbury’s supermarket development but this has now come to an end.
The council says it has taken the opportunity to restructure its staffing in such a way that the gains of the last three years are not lost. A council manager will take an active role as well as acting as town clerk and overall with two part time appointments the council’s staffing costs will be reduced by £9,000 a year.
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Chairman of Neston and District Chamber of Trade Carrie Spacey commented: “We have worked closely with Katy Pierce over the past three years on a number of initiatives and will be very sorry to see her go.
“Having a town centre manager with her experience and with a clearly defined brief that included the support of businesses in the town centre has been very positive and useful.
“We hope to work constructively with the town council to ensure all the good work of the past three years is built upon.”