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The Conservation areas of North Meols
Conservation appraisal - Churchtown and North Meols Conservation areas
Every Local Authority has had to
produce an appraisal of the conservation
areas within their authority.
gone to Consultants to produce an
appraisal for two of our areas. (The third
area is ‘Hesketh Road Conservation
Neither the Civic Society, nor the local councillors were made aware of
the appraisal until householders within the Churchtown Conservation
Area received an invite to a display at St Cuthbert’s Church. We did,
later, manage to get hold of a copy of the report and then we had a
meeting with the Conservation Officers when we made comments on
Briefly the main points within the Churchtown area concerned poor
signage both on shops and the highway. Lack of uniformity in the
colours used on business premises and the use of white plastic doors and
window frames on houses. These are all matters that the Civic Society
has pressed for over the years. We need to conserve the appearance of
the area It was also suggested that the Churchtown Conservation Area
be extended to include the cottages in Mill Lane, which are not included
at the moment although they are ‘listed’ properties.
There was concern about the state of the Museum and Cafe building and
the boat house. We were already aware that a figure of £4M has been
quoted as being required to renovate the Museum and bring it up to
modern standards (Disabled Access etc) The Consultants did not like
the haphazard car parking in front of the main gates and suggested that
the vehicles be removed with signs indicating the Car Park in Verulam
Road. This is being looked at as the Action Group had already identified
a lack of dropping off or picking up facility for coaches etc.
When the appraisals have been finalised they will go to the Council for
approval, this does not mean any money will be available to carry out
the proposal though! We hope then to arrange a public meeting to show.