Residents in blooming great clean up


Tenants at an Ellesmere Port tower block have been showing pride in their neighbourhood

Residents of Ellesmere Port have come together to clean up their neighbourhood and celebrate the creation of a stunning communal garden.

People living in Joseph Groome Towers in the Westminster district spent two days clearing litter from the areas around the blocks and a fly tipping area under a bridge nearby. 

With the help of housing association Plus Dane Group and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Streetscene team they also weeded flowerbeds and cut back shrubs and trees. The local branch of B&Q heard about the efforts and donated plants and flowers.

The final push ended with a barbecue party at which it was revealed that the towers’ communal gardens had beaten off stiff competition to win the Ellesmere Port and Neston housing management team’s annual best kept garden prize.

Accepting the award was John Ashton, a market gardener who spends much of his spare time caring for the green areas around the towers.

He said: "I love living here and I love gardening so I’m happy to do my bit to make the area a better place."

Among the many volunteers who joined in to help with the clean up was Julie Haldon, who said: "This is the first time we’ve done something like this and it has gone really well, it’s great to see people taking a pride in where they live. Hopefully it will become a regular thing."  

Plus Dane took over as the housing management provider for 5,800 homes owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council in Ellesmere Port and Neston on 1st July and already residents are starting to notice the difference that the Group’s Neighbourhood investor approach is making.


Explaining what the clean-up was all about, Plus Dane neighbourhood officer Sharon Simpson said: "Everyone’s been really keen to get involved in making their neighbourhood a better place. Organising days like today give people the chance to make a difference to their local environment."