Community Resilience Planning for Parkgate
West Cheshire has been affected by significant weather events over the last few years and as a result, the Cheshire West & Chester Council is supporting Community Resilience Planning in response to severe weathering and flooding. Beginning in 2015 a number of meetings have been held with representatives from the Parkgate Society, the Parkgate Traders, Neston Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Welsh Water and the Environment Agency. The group have developed a comprehensive resilience plan and kit to be used by local residents as a first response to an emergency, but not as an alternative to the emergency services.
The aim of a community resilience plan is to increase the short term resilience of the community during a weather related emergency, including: severe weathering, flooding, traffic accidents, road closures, damage to infrastructure and disruption to communications or utilities.
The activation of the plan and use of the resilience kit will occur before, during and/or after the emergency services have been alerted and involved; its operation will be aligned to and in support of that of the emergency services. The Community Resilience Plan is intended to support the work of the local emergency responders, not replace them.
Benefits to the Parkgate community and how you can get involved.
The use of a community plan together with a resource kit will allow Parkgate residents to be more resilient in the event of severe weathering and hopefully encourage community participation in safeguarding homes and local businesses along the parade waterfront.
We would look to encourage training to businesses in the communities where these kits are being located, whilst also building a chain of command within the communities to enable a proactive first response to an emergency, in conjunction to the effort made by the emergency services.
Further details of the Community Resilience Plan for Parkgate can be obtained from
David Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alan Passmore (email@example.com)
Martin Barker (Martin.Barker@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk)