Following the Town Centre Focus Group held by Macclesfield Town Council at the end of July, we are pleased to share news that Macclesfield Town Council and Cheshire East Council have brought together a Recovery Working Group with the principal objective of developing a recovery plan for Macclesfield town centre and the wider town.
The group is jointly chaired by Cllr Janet Jackson MBE of Macclesfield Town Council and Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson, of Make It Macclesfield and comprises Macclesfield Town Council and Cheshire East Council representatives and / or experts in town centre development, housing, heritage, the voluntary sector, communities, local businesses and landlords.
This working group will gather and listen to the views of stakeholders, including local businesses and residents to harness ideas and positivity, with the aim to build back better together. The group will consider suggestions put forward to help the town centre recover from the impact that COVID-19 has had on our local economy.
Macclesfield Town has started the journey to recovery with visitors to the town centre increasing over the past month. Many of our fantastic cafes and restaurants have benefited from an increase in customers from the East Out to Help Out Scheme, our uniquely wonderful Cinema, Cinemac which has been showing classic and now new release movies and there has been the re -opening of the marvellous Treacle Market.
This month local children are returning to school and we also see the opening of the Silk Museum on Park Lane which will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for visitors who will have to pre-book for hourly slots. This means that there’ll be plenty of space to explore and enjoy the collections all while keeping you safe and socially distanced.
Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council Town Centre and Regeneration Champion said ‘I am pleased that we have quickly pulled together a varied and experienced working group to develop our recovery plan for the Town Centre. I look forward to seeing a town centre that is vibrant, with varied attractions for all our residents and visitors which we can all enjoy and be proud of.’
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “It is important we continue to listen to residents and town centre businesses about ongoing issues and look for innovative ways to do what we can to support the town centre in recovery.
“Many people have relied far more heavily on their local services during lockdown and I hope we can look for ways to encourage that to continue to support the town centre in recovery. I encourage everyone who feels confident to do so, to shop locally and support your local high street.”
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