1 November 2016
Community assets in Blacon transferred to Avenue Services
The community of Blacon is set to benefit from future investment now that 11 Cheshire West and Chester Council assets have been transferred on a long-term lease to Avenue Services.
Avenue Services, based at the Parade Enterprise Centre in Blacon, is a joint venture between the Council and Sanctuary Group.
The move will ensure the sites will be managed to meet local need and enhance local services. Avenue Services will ensure that local residents will have a say in future ideas for the sites.
Along with the assets, £340,000 is being made available from the Council as a result of past Section 106 agreements, where private developers have had to donate funding to improve the local community.
Around £240,000 will be spent upgrading play equipment at a number of the sites including Linear Park and Cairns Crescent Playing Fields, the home of Blacon Youth Football Club.
A further £100,000 over four years is being channelled into the creation of local training and employment opportunities at Avenue Services.
Avenue Services has also started to invest in the Adventure Playground, in Kipling Road, which is one of the neighbourhood’s most popular family attractions, open throughout the year and featuring a large indoor space for activities and an urban farm.
The indoor space is now being well-used by Blacon Boxing Club, which sees around 200 local people attending trainings each week.
Paul Knight, Head of Avenue Services, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Blacon because they will be able to have a much greater say in how these assets are used.
“We always aim to do the best for local people and by listening to their views we can deliver the services that meet their needs.”
Councillor David Armstrong, Cabinet Member for Legal and Finance, said: “This is an exciting day for the whole of the community of Blacon.
“The asset transfer will put local people at the heart of discussions about how Blacon will look in the future, giving residents greater influence over issues that matter to them.
“The transfer will also trigger a £340,000 investment in key community priorities. The future for Blacon is looking very bright indeed.”
The 11 assets which have been transferred are: land at Shelley Road; the former Blacon Library site; Blacon Adventure Playground; Cairns Crescent Playing Fields; Playground at Wemyss Road; land at Western Avenue; Linear Park; land at Willow Drive; land at Saughall Road; Hatton Road Offices; Land adjacent to Adventure Playground.
Proposed Asset Transfer
Update May 2016
A vision to give local residents more say over Blacon’s community assets has reached a major milestone.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has begun the process to transfer a number of key public sector assets to Avenue Services on a 99 year lease.
The proposal to place these assets within the ownership of Avenue Services, which is jointly owned by the Council and Sanctuary Group, would mean they can be managed by and on behalf of the Blacon community.
The 17 assets comprise the former Blacon Library, Hatton Road offices and Dee Point Centre – links to a map of all 17 proposed sites can be found below.
Of the 17 assets 14 are open spaces including Blacon Adventure Playground, King George V Playing Fields and Cairns Crescent Playing Fields.
Cheshire West and Chester Council placed a public notice in the local press under Section 123 (2A) of the Local Government Act 1972 to give formal notice of the transfer of lands classed as open space – a copy of the advert can be found below. Public notices regarding the open spaces included in the proposed transfer appeared in the local press for 2 consecutive weeks and the consultation closed on Friday, 23 October.
Further details about Avenue Services and the proposed transfer can be found using the links below.
Since the consultation in October 2015 the Council reviewed the proposed 17 sites for transfer which revealed a number of restrictions on use. The consultation responses also highlighted some sites that the community raised concerns about potential development of the sites. As a result of the review and community feedback the number of sites proposed for transfer has been reduced from 17 to 12. The twelve sites are Sites 1 – Shelley Road, 4 – Former Library, 5 – Dee Point Centre, 6 – Blacon Adventure Playground, 8 – King George V Playing Fields, 9 – Cairns Crescent Playing Fields, 10 – Land at Wemyss Road, 11 – Land at Western Avenue, 13 – Land at Saxon Way, 14 – Land at Willow Drive, 15 – Land Fronting 272-278 Saughall Road and 16 – 70-72 Hatton Road (see link to maps below).
It is hoped that the legal transfer of the 12 assets will be completed in September 2016.
CWaC Press Release
Boost for Blacon as package of measures unveiled to address residents’ priorities
9 February 2016
Proposals to protect Blacon’s open spaces and to invest £250,000 in youth services and employment opportunities for local residents have been unveiled.
A key issue raised during last year’s public consultation was the need for further safeguards to protect the open spaces proposed to transfer from Cheshire West and Chester Council to Avenue Services ownership.
To address this, the Council has proposed additional measures that would enhance the protection of key areas of open space at King George V Playing Fields, Shelley Road, Milton Road, Graham Road and Saxon Way.
To view the full press release please go to our News and Events page and click onto the News Link, alternatively view directly on Cheshire West and Chester Councils website copy and paste the web page address:
Latest News re Site 5 Dee Point Centre:
Joint press release from Cheshire West and Chester Council and Avenue Services
22 June 2016
Residents invited to share views on nursery provision for Blacon
Blacon residents are being invited to share their views on plans for exciting new nursery provision in their area.
Chester West and Chester Council, in partnership with Avenue Services, Dee Point Primary School and local childcare provider Chestnut House Day Nursery Limited, is looking to establish much needed nursery facilities for local families.
The intended site for the facility is the Dee Point Centre building on Blacon Point Road, and residents are being invited to share their views on the kind of childcare provision they would like to by visiting the centre on Thursday 30 June.
There will be three sessions running throughout the day at 9-10am, 3-4pm and 6-7pm.
Options for the site could include childcare for babies, up to 30 hours of free childcare per week, holiday care, wraparound care, provision on weekends or to fit around local residents and their jobs.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: “We know that additional childcare is much needed within the local community within Blacon and this is a great opportunity to bring a local building back in to use.
“The consultation will focus on exactly what types of childcare the local community feels it needs and this is residents’ opportunity to share their views and help shape our future plans for the site.
“We would encourage as many residents to come along to one of the sessions, talk to staff and tell us what they would like to see in the community.”
If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, you can still share your views by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org