Earlier today in my Merseytravel role (and the only Authority member to attend) I went along to Ellesmere Port Station to be at the official opening and celebration of the artwork at the station and see the work that Friends of Ellesmere Port Station have done. It was great, outside there are panels created by young people from the University Church of England Academy, there are panels being created by Westminster Primary School and inside the ticket office there are original oil paintings of famous Ellesmere Port landmarks painted by a local resident and friend of the station.
We were entertained by dancers and musicians from the academy, prior to the Mayor officially unveiling one of the panels pictured on the right. I also took the opportunity to see the new station gardens created last Autumn by Veolia Environmental Services and maintained by the friends and the street pastors and the new station signage. This project is encouraging people of all ages to see Ellesmere Port as a destination and a town with lots to offer, and easily accessible by rail with a huge underused Park and Ride scheme.
The station is being transformed without a budget by creative partnership working – CWAC, Merseyrail, Veolia, Station Friends, BTP, local schools and street pastors giving time and resources to create a more welcoming station – a key gateway into Ellesmere Port. This is truly the ‘Big Society’ in action, well done to everyone concerned.