NESTON’S first Town Meeting was attended by more than 32 residents.

The assembled crowd spoke about different issues affecting their local environment.

Council representatives attempted to give the residents an insight into the issues that they had identified, such as the need for improvements of transport links, the need for regeneration and jobs for local people.

Chairman, Councillor Moira Andrews, revealed the council’s Master Plan proposals, which incorporated the town council’s ideas for improvement and branding and other issues that have been identified by local organisations. Highlights reported by the chairman included:

The appointment of a town clerk last November and a part-time administration assistant since February.

The purchase of new oak benches for public areas in the town.

New or replacement notice boards for each area of the town.

The adoption of the community website established by the former market town initiative,

The importance of regeneration to the council and the town was stressed. Meetings had taken place with the North West Development Agency (NWDA) about small and medium size market towns in Cheshire.

The NWDA has highlighted the problems towns such as Neston face, but also noted the positives. Neston Town Council expects to work with Cheshire West and Chester and other partners to promote Neston.