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Saturday, 21 December 2013

£7m spent but, years after, Queens Park still not finished

 

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is calling on the Cheshire East Council to get their act together over Queens Park Crewe.

He said," It is beyond belief that over £7m has been spent but, several years after, Queens Park is still not finished.(See below and attached) Basic requirements, like accessible footpaths to allow people to walk around the park, have not been provided. Many of the footpaths have not been finished off and the west end of the lake has had no footpaths for over two years. It is incredible that almost four times as much has been spent on consultants compared to the amount spent on footpaths.(See below)On one of the pavilions (which cost a total of £1.6m) there still isn't any downspout so the water wets you as you walk under the veranda.(See attached photo)

Since the ill conceived redundancy of the Park Wardens, there has been an increased level of lawlessness in the park. Kids on bikes, copious levels of litter, repeated criminal damage, motorbikes being ridden across the lake bridge and dog owners encouraging their dogs to attack waterfowl.

The park needs to be finished off properly and it needs to be policed efficiently. The original intention was to return the park to its former glory but urgent action is now needed if that is to be achieved."

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

----- Original Message -----

From: FOI East

Sent: 12/20/13 03:32 PM

I am pleased to provide some further information attached for you, as supplied to me by the Queens Park Manager.

Also, Mr Broughton has provided me with the following information:

See project cost summary.

QP Anticipated Final Costs

Lodges

£249,650.00

Clock Tower

£24,345.00

Boer War

£27,000.00

Bridges & Lake

£1,850,354.00

Bandstand

£157,540.00

Monkey Hut

£23,111.00

Lake Dredge

£336,578.00

Railings Gates

£382,810.00

Play Area

£210,736.00

Coronation Valley related issues

£51,358.00

Footpaths

£382,000.00

Soft Landscaping

£95,358.00

Demolitions

£66,347.00

Pavilions

£1,625,800.00

Drainage

£81,565.00

Play Shelter

£28,541.00

Consultants

£1,493,986.00

Lighting & Furniture

£2,198.00

Preliminary works & Permissions

Preparation of HLF Grant

£458,000.00

      £52,000.00

£7,599,277.00

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has welcomed the decision by Cheshire East Council (CEC)  to carry out an on street parking review in Willaston and implement it (See below).

He said, " I have been pressing for this for several months. Roads in Willaston are congested and dangerous at peak times. Parking is a nightmare for many Willaston residents because many of the terraced houses do not have off road parking and have to park in the street. To make matters worse CEC have allowed Meadow View to be developed without adequate parking provision for the houses and this has just exasperated the situation. Recently some buses had to divert from the centre of the village because the congestion was so bad they could not get through with the bus. (See photos below showing irresponsible parking at the junction of Meadow View and Wistaston Road) I am hopeful that the review will result in action that helps to alleviate the constant parking chaos in the centre of Willaston.In the meantime I have asked the Police to take action against those minority of irresponsible motorists who park their vehicles in a dangerous way near to a junction or in front of driveways. So far the Police have taken no action and I fail to see why they are not tackling this problem

    I was delighted that Willaston had once again won a Silver Gilt Award in  the best small town category for the  second year running in the North West in Bloom Competition, falling just short of the Gold Award winners. Awards like this are hard won and only gained by the dedicated hard work of a small number of volunteers in the Willaston in Bloom group, which is ably led by Parish Councillor and Britain in Bloom Chairman Wayne Lewis together with John Flackett, Julie Lewis, Jim Waring, Maureen Nash et al. It goes without saying that everyone within the village of Willaston is overwhelmed  and grateful for their outstanding efforts that make the village look so beautiful. Thanks are also due to the Parish Council for their financial support year on year.

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