Westminster Park Residents Association

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February 9, 2020
by Jennifer Crew
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Work about to start on Hunter Street and Town Hall Square

Please be aware that works are taking place on Hunter Street and Town Hall Square in February in connection with the Northgate development.

The east part of Hunter Street will be closed during February for approx.  4 – 6 weeks as works on utility diversions such as gas, electric, BT and new drainage works for the Northgate Development are carried out.  Princess Street will remain open to traffic and will be used as a diversion route whilst this work is undertaken, allowing access to businesses and residents in lower Hunter Street.

Traffic and pedestrians will be able to access property and businesses on Hunter Street at all times.

The footpath will remain open.

There will also be utility works such as electric and BT taking place on Town Hall Square during February. This work will be undertaken by SP Energy Networks and Openreach. Sections of the work area will be cordoned off whilst this work is being undertaken.

We apologise for any disruption this may cause. If you have any concerns, or would like to discuss further, then please contact me directly.

Received from Cheshire West and Chester Council

February 5, 2020
by Jennifer Crew
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Invitation to Chester Air Quality Action Plan – Consultation Workshops, Thursday 6 February

You are invited to attend workshops that are being held as part of the extended consultation on the Chester Air Quality Action Plan. The workshops have been rescheduled from December due to the General Election and very little notice has been given, but if you are able to attend or comment, the Council would appreciate your comments.

Drop-in events:

 Drop-in events will take place for the public and businesses to discuss any aspect of the action plan.

Events will take place at:

Chester Meeting Rooms, Chester Quaker Meeting House, Union Walk (off Frodsham Street), Chester CH1 3LF

The events are scheduled for 2pm to 7.30pm:

  • Thursday 6 February – event for members of the public
  • Thursday 13 February – event for local businesses

The consultation finishes on 16 February. For more information, please click on the link below:

https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/chesterairqualityconsultation

 

February 3, 2020
by Jennifer Crew
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Please complete survey on Anti-social Behaviour in Chester

Westminster Park Residents’ Association is a member of the Chester Residents’ Associations Group (CRAG) which has identified Chester city centre anti-social behaviour as one of its key issues. Problems around drug use, street drinking and begging seem particularly prevalent.

To help better understand how ASB is influencing how residents use the city centre, we would like you to complete this short survey.  The results will be collated and shared with Cheshire West & Chester Council (CW&C) and Cheshire Police to help them to understand the impact that ASB is having in order to direct resources more effectively.

The survey should take 6-8 minutes to complete and we recommend that you complete this on a device larger than a smartphone. A similar questionnaire is being conducted by CH1ChesterBID to Chester businesses as a joint approach with CRAG to understand this issue from an overall point of view.

CH1ChesterBID represents nearly 500 city centre businesses and aims to make Chester a retail, business and leisure destination of choice where people are proud to live, work and visit. This aligns strongly with CRAG’s ambition to make Chester a better place for all.
The link to the questionnaire is shown below; the more input received, the greater the impact of the findings.  Please find the time to complete this survey about our city.
The closing date is 29th February – and the results will of course be shared.

Your individual input will remain anonymous unless you give your specific permission.

February 3, 2020
by Jennifer Crew
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Chester Cycling and Walking plans up for consultation

CWAC are currently consulting on a new strategy for cycling and walking across the borough which includes plans for Chester.  They have produced a summary, but it includes a number of other towns in Cheshire.  I have extracted the sections to do with Chester and attach them as a pdf to this post.
The consultation ends on Friday 7 February should you wish to comment.  The whole document is available to view and comment on via the following link:

https://consult.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/portal/transport_strat/lcwip?pointId=

Jennifer Crew

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December 7, 2019
by Jennifer Crew
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Festive fun at Christmas Lights Switch-on

Great fun had was by all at the Westminster Park Christmas Lights Switch-on which took place on Thursday 5th December.

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Mark Williams, lead the countdown assisted by two members of the Belgrave Primary School choir.  Once the lights had been switched on the choir entertained the crowd of local residents with a selection of Christmas songs.

Refreshments were provided by the Westminster Park shops – mince pies from the Co-op, hot dogs from Bebbington’s butchers, pizza by Al Forno and prawns from Bebbington & Williams fishmongers.  The Westminster Park Residents’ Association supplied juice and mulled wine.

We are most grateful to our local councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels for providing funding from their Members’ Budgets to assist with the purchase of new lights for the trees opposite the shops and a beautiful Christmas tree, supplied by Francis Thomas, greengrocers.

All photographs are courtesy of Elise Mignon Weir.  Many thanks Elise.

The Lord Mayor of Chester congratulated Belgrave choir.

Belgrave Primary School choir

The crowd of local residents enjoyed the singing of Belgrave choir.

Councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels joined the Lord Mayor of Chester and Jennifer Crew of WPRA to admire the newly lit Christmas tree.

Councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels with the Lord Mayor of Chester together with Jennifer Crew of WPRA in front of the trees by Westminster Park shops car park.

 

November 28, 2019
by Jennifer Crew
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Play your part – Public consultation closes 5 December

In case you are not already aware, Cheshire West and Chester Council want to hear your views on the challenges and opportunities facing Cheshire West and Chester over the next few years.

 

  • How could the Council make a difference?
  • How should the Council fund tackling these challenges?
  • How could we and our community play a part?

They want to start a conversation about what the Council’s focus should be for the next four years, how they use their budget and how we may want to get involved.

You can offer your views by going to this website:

https://participatenow.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/play-your-part

The consultation is due to close on 5 December, so there is not much time left to make your views known.