Putting your home at the heart of borough plans

17 October 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council is looking at how it can make sure every neighbourhood in the borough is an even better place to call home.

Spending £22.7 million on heritage and culture, building 1,000 new homes in the borough and investing in buildings that support communities to come together are just some of the Council’s ideas for west Cheshire.

It is appealing for residents to have their say on its next four-year plan and how they can help make this plan a reality.

The Play Your Part engagement asks residents to think about five challenges the borough faces between 2020 and 2024, including how the Council can work with communities to make all our neighbourhoods even better places to call home.

Cllr Karen Shore, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: “Our neighbourhoods are central to our quality of life and we’re lucky in west Cheshire that most people live in a neighbourhood with good facilities and a strong community, but we want to make sure this is the same for everyone in the borough.

“We know many residents want to see improvements to the condition of their roads, other communities are affected by litter and fly-tipping and we have issues around homelessness and people being able to afford somewhere to live.

“We have some ideas of how we can play our part to tackle these issues, and some suggestions for how communities can play their part and work with us to make a difference.”

Ideas include targeted action to clean up our neighbourhoods, reviewing the Highways Service and investing £66.4 million in building new homes across the borough and maintaining existing council homes.

The Council is also looking to spend £22.7 million on heritage and culture, including investing in libraries, the visual arts and key heritage assets like Dee House and Chester City Walls, as well as contributing to external funding to for a new archives facility.

The Council wants to help build stronger communities that are more involved as part of this challenge. 

Ideas of how to achieve this include giving communities chance to vote on where to spend pots of Council funding, exploring the idea of crowdfunding to get projects off the ground and looking at citizen’s juries to give residents chance to take an in-depth look at some of the issues we face and offer recommendations.

Councillor Paul Donovan, Cabinet Member for Democracy, Workforce and Localities, said: “We know we can’t tackle the challenges facing our borough on our own so we want to try innovative ways of working with our communities so that everyone feels they can have their say and get involved.”

Play Your Part is open for comments and ideas until 5 December, with a weekly focus on each of the challenges.

For more information visit Play Your Part. You can also write to Play Your Part, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE, or call: 0300 123 8 123 and quote ‘Play Your Part’.

A live online question time event will also take place on 11 November where members of the public can put their questions to Cabinet, the Council’s ruling group. To submit a question in advance: You can also submit live questions during the event.

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