Improved Sytchcroft Park now open in Neston

5 December 2018

Work to transform Sytchcroft Park in Neston with a new play area and park landscaping has now been completed and is now formally open to the public.

Cheshire West and Chester Council, Neston Town Council, partners, funders and contractors have been working in partnership to improve the park over the last year with a new play area, a multi-use games area, and additional footpaths and open space landscaping.  

The installation of CCTV and lighting improvements within the park has also been completed through joint working between the Council’s Highways/Street Lighting Team, Neston Town Council and Cheshire Police. Work has also been scheduled to improve the lighting from the park to Neston Station 

The successful partnership has secured significant funding and support from within the Council, Neston Town Council, the Neston Section 106 Group, WREN Community Action Fund, Local Ward Member funding, Neston Civic Society, ForHousing, Adactus Housing Association, Tesco Bags of Help and Borderlands Railway.

With the support of the funding from Adactus Housing Association and Tesco Bags of Help, a local artist has been commissioned and is currently conducting workshops with pupils from Neston High School and Neston Primary School to complete a community art project to design a site theme and be incorporated into site entrance information boards and to support the “Smile for a Mile” initiative.  This work is to be completed over the coming months and examples of the children’s work will be displayed at Neston Community Youth Centre and the Town Hall. 

Spring Blubs have also been planted on site by children from Neston Primary School, St Winfried’s RC Primary School and Woodfall Primary School.

A community celebration event is to be organised for the spring 2019 to celebrate the new park.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “The Council has produced a borough-wide Play Strategy which provides a valuable resource to those with a responsibility for managing outdoor play and youth spaces.

“Utilising the play strategy, the Council and its partners have been delivering a play improvement plan over the past couple of years. The improved play area and open space at Sytchcroft has been part of this process and is a fine example of successful partnership working between the Council, Neston Town Council, funders, partners and the community.  

“Neston residents now have a wonderful new facility to enjoy which I am sure will contribute to improved health and well-being. I would like to offer my thanks to all who have taken part in the delivery of this project.”

Neston Town Councillor and Chair of the Sytchcroft Working Group, Councillor Ceri Lloyd said: “The transformation of Sytchcroft Park demonstrates how effective a town council can be for its community - understanding local needs and aspirations and then working constructively with those who have the resources and skills to deliver such a scheme. I’m delighted that this part of Neston now has the significant investment it deserves for its children and their families and I hope they thoroughly enjoy it!’

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, Senior Grant Manager, WREN said: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children and families across Neston. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

Large group photo at Sytchcroft
Large group photo at Sytchcroft

Sytchcroft Play Area
Sytchcroft Play Area

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