Make it Macclesfield Meeting Report

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Make it Macclesfield’s latest public meeting saw another lively event at the McIlroy Suite at the Moss Rose.

It began with an update from the Council’s redevelopment director Jo Wise, she spoke about the recent work they had undertaken in public spaces such as Sparrow Park – which has seen trees trimmed to improve the views, and benches cleaned of graffiti – and Waters Green which has also been cleaned and had improvements to lighting and CCTV, and the future plans for these areas (more landscaping for the park and some public art and coloured lighting for Waters Green).

There was also news of a £1m redevelopment fund for the town centre.

Next came ASK Real Estate who have been tasked with delivering the new leisure led development of the town centre.

They began with a look at some of their previous regeneration projects in the North West, in particular focusing on ensuring the new development tied in with the heritage and culture of the town. They also announced that they have agreed terms with a cinema company – although they were unable to name them at the time – and that they have had interest from a number of well known restaurant chains for the available locations.

On the design of the scheme, it was announced that the cinema and restaurants would surround a public space, with the natural slope of the site being used to have the taller buildings more in keeping with the rest of the development. The cinema itself will not be a ‘concrete box’, but the different theatres which will be of different sizes will be used to break up the outline. The materials used will be carefully selected to fit in with the town.

The question was asked about parking after this location is redeveloped, and it was stated that the town is not currently using it’s full parking capacity.

And finally, after giving examples of the standard of restaurant which may be interested, the Ask Team stated that the leisure development was designed to draw people into the town to ‘make a day of it’ and that construction was hoped to be starting in spring of 2017, with completion hoped for 12 months later.

Enterprising Macclesfield took the stage next, for a quick update, and they announced that they are now working with 44 businesses (and that their commitment to Macclesfield meant that they have turned down applications from elsewhere). A wide range of small companies spanning manufacturing, restaurants, start-ups, social enterprises and charities. They are looking to collaborate with more established bodies such as the Chamber of Commerce and local schools while also looking to get regional and grant awarding bodies interested in the town. You can read more from their presentation HERE.

Macclesfield College then stepped up to talk about apprenticeships. The scheme’s framework can be extended to anyone up to 55 years of age and can help any company looking for staff training.

The came a presentation on Highways and Transport from Infrastructure Delivery Manager Paul Griffiths. This featured information on the current issues the town faces such as traffic and air quality as well as a look at development pressures in the future, access improvements to and from the town, and other local schemes. See more details in the slides.

And the meeting was seen out by Barnaby who are trialling a ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ scheme for some events as well as launching a beer. They also launched a trailer for their ambitious La Luna event.

You can download the slides from the event HERE and see the La Luna trailer below.

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