£2500 project to enhance important gateway to the town

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Wilmslow Town Council has agreed to allocate funds in order to enhance what is considered an important gateway to the town and give a good impression to people both coming to and leaving Wilmslow.

At their meeting on Monday, 15th May, councillors approved the expenditure of up to £2000 to refurbish and maintain a shrub bed which is located at the entrance to the railway station.

In 2013 and 2014 Wilmslow Town Council undertook to refurbish part of the Wilmslow Station bed which runs along station road, near the advertising hoardings which was owned by Chehsire East Council.

Town Clerk Matthew Jackson explained "At the time we ripped a number of trees out, we tidied the area up and we invested about £2700 in replanting and making good that order. It looks far better now than it ever looked before and that's due to the work we undertook and also the maintenance we have continued to do on that piece of land.

"When we did that we did it at entirely the Town Council's expense feeling that it was an important part of the town, a gateway to the town, and we needed to enhance it.

"At that time nothing happened with the other half of the bed, which is arguably the more important half because it is the most visual part of the bed. It runs from the steps, which are half way from the car park entrance half way down to the railway bridge, to the entrance into the car park itself. That was owned by the Network Rail, or whatever guise that particular franchise was in at the time, and nothing every happened with it being in different ownership and its been something which has been on our minds for some time."

A previous station manager has recently returned to Wilmslow so Matthew Jackson took the opportunity to meet with her to see if there was anything that could be done to improve the area. As a result of the meeting Northern Rail have given permission for work to be undertaken on that piece of land and agreed to make a financial contribution of £500 towards a project to improve that particular bed.

Cllr Joan Fitzgerald said "I feel it needs a complete redoing so it is a noticeable entrance into the town and exit from the station. I am sure it would be very much appreciated by the people of Wilmslow if we did enhance the driveway to the station."

Cllr Angela McPake added "I feel it would be a valuable use of our funds."

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Northern Rail, Wilmslow Station, Wilmslow Town Council
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James Wareham
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 8:52 pm
This is excellent news, and obviously a great achievement in negotiation ! ....always wondered why this half looked so unloved .
Peter Evans
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 9:03 pm
That's why I am so pleased that we invest so much in having a town council. I do just, out of curiosity, wonder what the overhead cost of this opinion forming and decision making was.
Guy Williams
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 9:11 pm
I agree the station should have a nice presents when you come out of the entrants .

Well done .......
Mark Goldsmith
Friday 19th May 2017 at 5:14 pm
@PeterEvans: In answer to your question:

Wilmslow Town Councillors (WTC) provide their time free of charge and rarely if at all claim any expenses. They do not get an allowance of any kind, so the additional cost of this project is minuscule.

WTC does hire a full-time Town Clerk and a part-time assistant but their cost must be distributed across all their work throughout the year. The final decision to award this grant was taken during the routine monthly Town Council meeting, so no extra expense was incurred there either.

Therefore, most of the work, opinion forming and decision making on this was provided for free by the councillors involved. However, the benefit of it will be shared by all those visiting or passing Wilmslow train station in the near future.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith, Residents of Wilmslow, WTC
David Nelson
Saturday 20th May 2017 at 9:45 am
Put aggregate on the bed, and use remaining funding for bollards on as many pavement edges as possible
Andy Carroll
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 3:31 pm
I think this is a great idea and will present very pleasant viewing to people coming and going from Wilmslow Station. However when you see the number of retail outlets closing down, the increasing number of empty premises, large number of charity shops and offices that seem to have taken over Wilmslow, taking the soul out of a lovely town, I think the council need to address more fundamental issues than a single flower bed.
Dave Cash
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 11:48 pm
It is not for WTC to address shop rents and Business Rates.
Ade Whitaker
Thursday 25th May 2017 at 9:16 pm
I quite liked it how it was before. It had a natural feel with some developed trees / shrubs. I'll keep an open mind and see how it looks after re-planting - but hopefully it will have a natural rather than a manicured feel. The trees in Wilmslow give the town its character and green, leafy feel.

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