Neston Matters November 2013

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2013 Community Pride Competition Results

Neston Town Council is enormously proud to announce we have been awarded three certificates in the 2013 Community Pride Competition.

The Awards Evening was held on Thursday 10 October at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall. There were 42 Town and Parish Councils from both Cheshire West and Cheshire East areas who entered the competition.

Neston were awarded
• Runner up in the Best Kept Large Village in Cheshire
• Runner up in the Community Website
• Little Gem Award for Sensory Garden at Neston Library
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Judges comments were as follows:

Section 1 –  Shops/banks/estate agents appearance, Window displays, Condition of paved areas

“good section on the whole, no evidence of graffiti, dog fouling, chewing gum residue. Window displays good, shopping areas tidy,minimal litter”

Section 2 –  Railway station exteriors, Bus shelters/telephone kiosks, Exterior of schools /playgrounds/playing fields, Public toilets, Public car parks, Notice boards

“good overall. Station well maintained, weeds on approach to platform. Bus shelter high standard (apart from one on Burton Road). Exterior of schools and playing fields very good. Appearance of red telephone kiosks poor due to broken perspex. Weeds in main car park disappointing. Notice boards good”

Section 3 –  Public houses/restaurants/cafes, Commercial premises/garden centres/ind estates, Town halls/government offices, Libraries/medical centres, Exterior of village halls/civic centres

“Public Houses/cafe are litter-free. Parts of Clayhill Industrial area are weed-free, other areas weeds were much in evidence. Town Hall, Job Centre, Civic Centre, British Legion, Dee Scout Centre very tidy. NCYC weeds in car park area”

Section 4 –  Sports/social clubs, War memorials, Other memorials/historical artefacts, Chapels/churchyards/cemeteries, Public parks/gardens/recreational facilities, Children’s play areas

“War memorial, Bushell Fountain, other memorials well maintained with attractive floral displays and no weeds. Churches/graveyards well maintained. Stanney Fields completely litter free. All children’s play areas very good”

Section 5 –  Tidiness of verges/hedges/traffic islands, Floral displays/hanging baskets/pots/beds/borders, Allotments, Ponds/streams/canals

“Verges and hedges awarded acceptable due to predominance of weeds. Judges did not see as many floral displays as expected, perhaps due to poor weather when judging. Allotments condition only acceptable.  Stream condition flowing through Stanney Fields was acceptable although some banks were a little overgrown with weeds”

Section 6 –  Litterbins (adequacy/condition), Absence of litter, Absence of graffiti, Absence of dog fouling, Absence of weeds, Absence of chewing gum residue

“On the whole excellent, apart from the weeds”