The area: Ellesmere Port Town Ward includes Stanney, Wolverham and the town centre areas. The neighbourhood includes the main retail areas of Ellesmere Port and key institutions such as civic buildings and the Fire Station.
Who we are: A group of local residents and organisations including Ellesmere Port and Neston Association for Voluntary and Community Organisations (EPNAVCO), Cheshire West and Chester Council, the local housing association and local police service.
What we have done: We have run two engagement events with stakeholders and local residents and a photography-based inquiry to explore what residents liked about the local area and what could be changed. A community event was organised to share photographs and encourage discussion about suggestions and ideas. Many ideas focused on the neighbourhood environment including improving local facilities for people of all ages to get together in the community and more activities and groups; road safety concerns and improving outside spaces (including planting and reducing dog fouling). Improving communication across the neighbourhood was also considered important.
Resilience enhancing emerging actions:
The Local Oversight Group submitted a successful bid to the local Housing Association for funds to undertake some redevelopment work. Parallel activities to complement this work include:
- Inviting other residents and community groups to offer suggestions for garden development. This led to a garden at one of the community centres being identified as a space that could be better used to provide a range of potential opportunities to bring people together.
- Secured advice and support from representatives from Keep Britain Tidy, and Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers provided advice, support and a garden plan.
Litter pick events have been organised in collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy. A number of local organisations and residents attended the last litter pick with 16 bags of litter being collected.
A lunch club was extended following a successful funding application developed with support from the local COREN organisation. It aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation among older residents. Activity in the club is buzzing and expanding through a series of activities such as:
- Successful bid to Power to Change’s Bright Ideas Fund.
- Provision of a lunchtime meal on a Thursdays to a faith-based housing charity.
- Liaising with local authority representatives and the social housing management organisation in relation to the Lite Bites lunch club initiative to reduce social isolation.
- Support from the local Councillor to include the lunch club as part of a local authority programme to reduce social isolation.
- Exploring opportunities to extend activities offered and expanding the club initiative to other areas.
- Developing a funding bid to subsidise travel costs to enable people that would otherwise be unable to get to the club, to attend.
Resident Advisers also undertook a mapping exercise to explore local safety issues on the route to school. The results were discussed with representatives from the local council and police services. Subsequently, the local PCSO has visited schools to raise awareness.
Neighbourhood Academic Lead: Adele Ring; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org