Improvements planned for Sytchcroft Park in Neston

Funding success announced for local play facilities

The community of Neston is one step closer to getting an improved play area and open space at Sytchcroft Park thanks to a £44,954 grant from funding body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, together with match funding secured from Cheshire West and Chester Council, Neston Town Council and the local ward member will be used to create a new play area, multi-use games area, footpaths and wider landscape improvements in the park.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, Cllr Louise Gittins said: “The improvements at Sytchcroft will provide a real boost for Neston.

“The project has been a great example of joint working between [Cheshire West and Chester] Council, [Neston] Town Council, other project partners and the community.”

She added: “The importance of green spaces and play areas in our communities, and the contribution they make to health and wellbeing, has long been recognised.

“It is essential that the quality of our play areas and green spaces is maintained and enhanced where possible.

“It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to a refurbished play area and open space taking shape over the next year.

Cllr Ceri Lloyd of Neston Town Council said: “The bid is the culmination of a lot of hard work and perseverance from a number of people committed to improving the quality of life for Neston residents.

“The success of the bid to receive money from WREN shows the power of effective partnership working within local communities. 

“The town council has worked with its partners to secure considerable external funding for this project. We look forward to working with everyone to deliver the new park and the improved recreational outcomes for people of Neston.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Cheshire commented: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Sytchcroft Park project and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Neston.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with Neston Town Council conducted wide scale public consultation in 2016 and 2017 presenting ideas to the community on how to improve the whole Sytchcroft site.

Ideas included refurbishment of the site, new toddler and junior play areas, a multi-use games area together with open space and landscaping improvements, improved entrances to and from the site, new signage and site footpath links.

There was widespread community support for improving the facilities at the site.

The funding from WREN will contribute towards acquisition and installation of new play equipment and work will begin to improve Sytchcroft Park in 2018.

Engagement will now continue with both Neston High School and Neston Primary School as part of the wider Sytchcroft project.

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