Parkgate is close to the River Dee, and is thus at risk to occasional flooding, mainly along the Parade.
Parkgate is also on the lower slopes of the Wirral Peninsular land mass. As such, surface water run off from the fields above Parkgate can become a problem in some parts of Parkgate, especially after a prolonged bout of rain.
Other problems, such as power cuts, can equally cause problems, hardship and possible danger to residents and businesses when they occur.
This page provides information about Community Resilience Planning for Parkgate, as well as information about high tides.
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
These occur in March and April, and also October and November. The river floods the salt marsh, often reaching the sea wall. The high tides cause lots of wildlife to run ashore, which stimulates birds of prey to feast on the wildlife, and this draws many hundreds of bird enthusiasts to Parkgate to view and photograph these sights.
High tide information is available from the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool. High tide at Parkgate occurs about 20 to 30 minutes later than that specified for Liverpool, and a further 15 minutes can elapse as the water seeps across the marsh to reach the sea wall.
A spring tide is a tide in which the difference between high and low tide is the greatest. Spring tides occur when the moon is either new or full, and the sun, the moon, and the Earth are aligned. When this is the case, their collective gravitational pull on the Earth's water is strengthened. At Parkgate, spring tides are generally those that exceed 9.5 metres.
Very rarely, the seawater actually comes over the top of the seawall in Parkgate and floods the Parade. The last time this occurred was on Friday 6th December 2013. At the time of the high tide there was low pressure across the country which increased the height of the predicted tide. This was coupled with the wind driving in from the Irish Sea which drove the tide into the estuary thus adding further to the already high level of seawater. A report about this occasion can be read on "About My Area". The photographs below show the extent of the flooding that occured that day. Photos courtesy of Jim Lycett.