HERE'S a plea to the people of Nantwich from
Jeff Stubbs, Chair, Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC
AFTER the recent Press coverage about the
ongoing development of our new
not-for-profit Community Interest Company
called Greenspaces South Cheshire, we would like to express our sincere
thanks to all the many residents and groups in our area who have got in
touch to offer their overwhelming support.
We want to continue the
brilliant work of the Nantwich Riverside Project and go further -
rolling it out across South Cheshire.
We have had lots of individuals
offer their help, but local parish councils, Riverside Concern and
Nantwich Anglers (some 500 members strong), have approached us in
particular. They all want to work alongside us.
But funding is still a major
issue. We canít deliver on these ambitious and exciting plans without
core funding the get the thing rolling.
We had a vital meeting with top brass at
Cheshire Council - Cllr Andrew Knowles (the Cabinet Member at
Cheshire East), together with Cllr Rodney Walker, Chairman of the
Nantwich Local Area Partnership, senior officers and all our local
They all supported the
principle of our new community partnership and agreed how much it
coincided with their council-wide priorities and community strategies.
After all, the project will deliver real value for money for the council
At the beginning of April, we
are still waiting anxiously to hear their decision.
Undeterred, we are continuing to look
elsewhere to see if there are any other sources of partnership working
and project funders.
We were also interested to read
in the local Press that the Nantwich First group on Nantwich Town
Council is talking of how they might spend the considerable sum that
they acquired after the sale of the allotments site some years ago.
better way to spend money raised from the sale of our green field than
in revitalising our remaining Greenspaces?
"Talk of the Town" (the newsletter of
Council) also recently asked for ideas on
how to spend the Town Councilís bounty. We urge readers to let them know
if their current suggestions are what you really want for the town.
Cheshire thinks there are other projects - such as ours - that can bring
long-lasting improvements to facilities for everyone. We just need some
support from our town council - not just with funds, but with their
ideas for local environmental projects that we can help them to create,
especially those involving, you, the Nantwich community.
Thanks again to everyone who
has supported us by letting local councillors know how much Greenspaces
has the support of the local people.
Please keep on spreading the word that South
Cheshire desperately needs action to protect and improve its green
spaces for local people and for wildlife.
Nantwich, Crewe and the
surrounding villages could be a beacon for future sustainable living. We
have the natural potential, we have an enlightened and engaged community
Ė what we need now is the political and financial backing for real
environmental action that will create a future of which our children
will be proud.