Neston Matters Special Edition

Neston has been chosen as one of the local “front runners” to produce its own Neighbourhood Plan.

The new national planning system gives greater influence to local communities over what sort of developments take place in their towns and villages.

The National Planning Policy Framework sweeps away over 1000 pages of planning policy and replaces them with 72 pages of guidelines. Cheshire West and Chester has to produce a Development Plan for the borough, and within this, details for Neston will be decided through the Neston Neighbourhood Plan. This must be approved by an independent inspector and voted on by the people of Neston in a referendum.

Special Edition

The local initiative is being led by the Town Council but we need the active participation of residents, local businesses small and large, and local service providers.

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Neighbourhood Plan Launch

At the Annual Town meeting held on Tuesday evening the Mayor of Neston Cllr Martin Barker announced “We are very pleased that Neston has been chosen to have front runner status in the development of a neighbourhood plan. Preparation of the neighbourhood plan will be supported by a grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government”.

Full details are in the press release below.

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Annual Town Meeting

Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting for Neston Tuesday 15 May 2012.

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Town Meeting for Neston

Residents welcome to attend Neston’s Annual Town Meeting.

The Annual Town Meeting for Neston will take place on Tuesday 15th May at the Dee Scout Centre in Burton Road, Neston.

Mayor of Neston Cllr Martin Barker will present the annual report, after which residents are invited to take part in a question and answer session with Councillors. The Mayor said: “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to attend the meeting, to see for themselves what the Council is doing on their behalf.”

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Ladies Day

Street entertainment will enhance Neston’s Ladies Day celebrations.

Neston Ladies’ Day – organised by Neston Female Society – has been the highlight of the community’s calendar for nearly two hundred years. It is a unique an cherished tradition, the jewel in the crown of this Cheshire Market Town.

It is held on the first Thursday in June every year. Around 200 girls (as young as 5 years old) and 80 adults, take part in a procession through the town, led by a pipe band, with thousands of people lining the route. The ladies and girls taking part in the procession traditionally carry white staffs topped with flowers and decorated with brightly coloured ribbons.

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To enhance the traditional celebrations this year, The town centre will be closed to traffic throughout the afternoon and a programme of street entertainment is being organised by CAN Group (Community Activities in Neston).

Neston Town Council has partnered with Neston Female Society to ensure that residents, businesses and visitors are kept informed regarding parking arrangements throughout the week, and the closure of the town centre to all traffic on the afternoon of Ladies Day itself.

Mayor of Neston, Cllr Martin Barker said: “Neston Town Council are delighted to be working hand in hand with the Female Society to enhance the experience of Ladies Day both for residents and visitors.”
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“A working group comprised of members of the Town Council, the Female Society, Cheshire West and Chester Council officers, Neston & District Chamber of Trade and Neston Police has been meeting regularly since last September to ensure the alterations to parking, and the road closure on Ladies Day itself, are properly managed and that the public are given clear information.”

“The programme of street entertainment during the afternoon of June 7th will complement Neston’s unique Ladies Day parade, and celebrate the vibrant community spirit of the town.”

Parking
This year, Ladies Day falls on Thursday 7th June. On the preceding Monday, 4th June, Chester Road Car Park will close at 12 noon to allow for the arrival of the traditional Fun Fair. The Car Park will remain closed until the Fair has departed, re-opening fully on Sunday 10th June.

During the closure, free, unrestricted alternative parking has been arranged at the Royal British Legion in Chester Road. In addition, Sainsbury’s will be waiving their 3-hour-limit in the Multi-storey car park from Tuesday 5th June to Saturday 9th June inclusive.

Neston’s Friday Market will be taking place as usual on 8th June, with Market Traders’ vehicles being accommodated at the Malt Shovel Car Park in Liverpool Road.

Ladies Day Road Closure
On Ladies Day itself, the town centre will, for the first time, be closed to all traffic from 2pm to 6pm. This is to encourage a festival atmosphere, with Neston Town Council providing CAN Group with a grant to provide street entertainment, and to better ensure the safety of residents and visitors attending the event.

A traffic management company has been engaged to devise and signpost diversionary routes during the closure.

Closures will be in place as follows:

  • Liverpool Road from the junction with Raby Road to the Malt Shovel : 2.30pm – 2.45pm
  • Neston High Street from Raby Road to Chester Road : 2.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Parkgate Road from The Cross to Church Lane : 2.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Brook Street from The Cross to the entrance to the Multi-storey Car Park : 2.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Chester Road from Neston High Street to Neston Civic Hall : 4.15pm – 4.30pm.
  • Traffic will only be able to exit Sainsbury’s via Raby Road until Brook Street fully reopens at 6.00pm.