Neston Town Council have secured a grant of £7,500 from the Rural Support Programme which will be match funded by the Town Council, CWaC, RSPB and the Parkgate Society to the value of £15,000. This will enable the dredging of the main gutters at Parkgate Marshes to be completed and the creation of two new ponds as reported in the last issue of Neston Matters.
Emergency dredging of the main gutters from Parkgate Square to the Boathouse were completed before Christmas. It is evident that following the recent high tides the water flow through these gutters has greatly improved. The grant will enable dredging works to continue to the Old Quay Pub.
New ponds will be formed at an area in line with the Donkey Stand and another in line with Parkgate Square. The ponds created by the RSPB have reduced mosquito breeding. They have also allowed fish and other wildlife to develop and feed off the mosquito larvae produced towards the shallows. These ponds also attract birdlife and have proved to be a great attraction for tourists and bird watchers alike.
The Town Council is now in discussions with CWaC and the RSPB to target treatment for the marsh area at the end of Marshlands Road, including a review of the spraying programme and drainage of the gutters in this area.
Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Martin Barker said:
“We welcome this significant investment in the area from the rural support programme, and we appreciate all the efforts made by our voluntary group partners, RSPB and the Parkgate Society.”