Our Vision

Founded 1972

Parkgate Society

Registered Charity

No. 503718

Our Vision

© Parkgate Society 2018

"Our vision" for Parkgate was developed following a disappointing outcome of the annual Cheshire Community Pride Competition in 2011, when we came bottom of all the entrants in our category. The then CWaC Councillor for Parkgate, Brenda Dowding, wanted to present a more cared-for image, that reflected the former glory of Parkgate. Together we developed a vision of how Parkgate might look better, and the steps that needed to be taken to achieve that vision.

 

The full text of that vision can be read here. The narrative identified various agencies and called on them to perform specific actions to achieve "Our Vision". Already, some of the actions have been addressed and visitors will notice that Parkgate is looking better than just a few years ago.

 

The following is a list of outstanding actions for those agencies that still need to be addressed to improve the village of Parkgate for residents, workers and visitors alike:

  • Street lights. The existing lights on The Parade are a random mix of metal and concrete types and should be replaced with uniform heritage style posts, capable of supporting flower baskets and, if possible, Christmas lights. Awaiting funding opportunity.

 

  • Mostyn Square. The degraded tarmac pavement outside the entrance to St Thomas’ Church should be replaced with paving similar to that used on the Donkey Stand. Paving not yet progressed, but planters have been installed to make the Square more colourful.

 

  • Middle Slip. Following the installation of the Hilbre class boat "Hi-C", a rockery has been created around it and both planted with seasonal flowering plants. The pavement has been re-modelled to follow the line of the roadway, and bollards installed to define the area and prohibit unauthorised vehicle access to the marsh. A large planter has also been installed and planted with seasonal flowers.

 

  • Seating. Some additional benches near the south slip (and possibly elsewhere) would be welcomed by visitors and residents alike. Three new bench seats have been installed on the South Parade, to replace time-expired ones, and further benches are to be added in 2018.

 

  • Information panels. New interpretation boards should be installed at the following areas to describe the historic significance of these areas: Middle Slip, Boathouse Slip, the garden at the end of the Ropewalk and at the extended Ropewalk Car Park. Two boards have been installed in the car park: one tells the story of Parkgate's stations, the other the conversion of the WW2 pillbox into a haven for bats. Draft designs have been produced for the other locations.

 

  • Car parking. The former Station Road car park has been opened up and re-designed to provide extra capacity, with 4000 spring bulbs planted in 2016, but an additional car parking sign installed on Station Road near the junction with Earle Drive is needed to give advanced warning.

 

  • Signage. The direction signs on The Parade need rationalising, with up to six heritage style finger posts installed at appropriate points, directing visitors to eg. public toilets, car parks, Parkgate School, St Thomas’ Church, etc. Awaiting funding opportunity.

 

  • The Seawall. The weed growth needs to be treated and cleared regularly. The state of the wall has been assessed by CWaC; some of the damaged sandstone blocks have recently been re-pointed and repaired by CWaC, who are progressing with the task of clearing vegetative growth on the wall as weather and funds permit.

 

  • Toilets. Following the refurbishment of the toilet block in Mostyn Square, there is spare capacity in the building. This could be used for community purposes. Various options have been considered.

 

  • Flower schemes. Additional schemes of planting should be supported and sponsored. To date, new planters have been installed on The Parade and in Mostyn Square. Further planters are to be installed in Station Road, in front of Mostyn House and on the Donkey Stand.

 

 

The sea wall has now been cleaned

New Heritage gateway signs erected on Boathouse Lane ...............and on Station Road

Two of the Bronze Heritage plaques that have been placed on buildings in Parkgate to commemorate the heritage of those buildings. 7 plaques initially have been placed, and it is hoped that more will follow.

Last Updated July 2018