About Us

About Us

The Parkgate Society is a group of mainly local residents who seek to improve our local environment and conserve the heritage of Parkgate, so that everyone can continue to enjoy its unique character. 

Strength in Numbers - The more members we have, the more influence we can exert in order to achieve our aims.

In pursuing the Society’s objectives we work closely with our local councils and we are grateful to our representatives and the council officers for the support we receive from them over the schemes we promote for the benefit of our local community.

As a registered charity the Society must operate in compliance with the requirements of the Charity Commission and in accordance with our constitution, which frames the broad aims of the Society, as outlined here. The full constitution may be obtained from our Secretary.

The Society holds full Public Liability Insurance for our members and volunteers, covering all of our neighbourhood endeavours.

The Parkgate Society was founded as The Parkgate & District Society in early 1972 when proposals for a new Dee crossing between the Wirral/Merseyside and the north Wales coast were raised. A barrage between Gayton and Greenfield in Flintshire was suggested but this option would have created a massive reservoir upstream from the barrage with high embankments, altering forever the appearance and the ecology of the area. The Society was formed by local residents who were dedicated to fight this proposal and keep Parkgate and the Dee estuary as a tidal area with its precious ecology. An alternative was a crossing between Burton and Flint, which the Society decided to support. In the event neither alternative was pursued but the Flintshire Bridge at Connah’s Quay, opened in 1998, may be said to be the outcome of this proposal.

Flintshire Bridge, Connah's Quay by John S Turner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Society is essentially a conservation society. Another of its early objectives was to promote a conservation area in Parkgate to ensure that the character of the village was not compromised by inappropriate development. In the post-war years a number of developments had taken place which had seen many of the old Georgian buildings demolished to make way for new developments which impacted on the character of the village. The implications of these developments were recognised. The Parkgate Conservation Area was achieved in 1973 and with it the listing by English Heritage of over  30 buildings of significant interest in Parkgate, which now have a degree of protection against unsympathetic development.

Separate sub-committees were set up under the executive committee, tasked to achieve these objectives, and other sub-committees were charged with responsibility for:

  • History – researching and publishing in newsletters and booklets interesting details of Parkgate’s past;

  • Litter – keeping Parkgate tidy and promoting the appearance of the village;

  • Trees – identifying trees which should have a degree of protection, and planting;

  • Traffic – researching ways to alleviate the problem of increased traffic in the village.

Two booklets published by members of the Society

Some of the Community Spirit Volunteers after clearing the footpath by the bridge on Boathouse Lane (Nov. 2015)

At the present time we have  one specialist sub-group, the Community Spirit Volunteer Team, who collect debris from the marsh, pick up litter, cut back some of the overgrowth to ensure that paths are clear, and much more. They also promote planting in public areas, maintain the flower planters around Parkgate, and worked towards our entry in the Cheshire Community Pride competition, when it was running.

We are currently working on a number of projects set out in our ‘Vision for Parkgate’ and we regularly scrutinise the various planning applications relating to the Parkgate ward, commenting, where appropriate, to the planning authority.

We  also have an annual programme of talks for our members’ meetings – 7 per annum between September and May.  In addition, we hold a number of social events (fees may apply) such as quiz nights,  and  curry/hotpot nights.

We publish a newsletter twice a year and keep our members informed by email of local matters of interest.

The 'boat' being prepared for installation on the Middle Slip

Last Updated April 2020