Res­i­dents in plea for park ac­tion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

AN­GRY res­i­dents have de­manded that com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in Jas­mine Park blocked off to the public are re-opened as soon as pos­si­ble.

The play area at Jas­mine Park, near Whirley, was closed for more than eight months af­ter de­vel­oper Tay­lor Wim­pey shut it to deal with a ‘mi­nor health and safety is­sue’. But af­ter res­i­dents – backed by The Ex­press – launched a campaign it was even­tu­ally re­opened in April.

Now res­i­dents say prob­lems have resur­faced as other ameni­ties at the site still re­main out of use. A pair of all-weather foot­ball pitches and the Bro­ken Cross Pav­il­ion - which bears the date 2013 - are still closed more than a year af­ter they were locked up.

In April a spokesper­son for Tay­lor Wim­pey said they had agreed with the coun­cil a tar­get date of June 30 for the com­ple­tion of all the out­stand­ing works. How­ever, more than six weeks af­ter the dead­line they are still closed off.

Chris An­drew, Jas­mine Park Home­watch co­or­di­na­tor, said: “It’s the same thing yet again. We were promised th­ese fa­cil­i­ties would be open by the sum­mer so that foot­ball teams could be us­ing the pitches for the start of the new sea­son in Septem­ber. That hasn’t hap­pened.

“Tay­lor Wim­pey has done a good job of do­ing the work – they’ve put more drainage in than I en­vis­aged and ev­ery­thing looks ready to go. But it has taken far too long again, and now it will be too late for any foot­ball team to play on it in the com­ing sea­son.

“There were a num­ber of groups there that were all in­ter­ested in in­vest­ing in it, and I’m hope­ful that we can all work to­gether and make it a real com­mu­nity space. But be­fore that we need them open. We can­not let this go on for too long.”

He added: “The stone even says 2013 on it which is a joke.”

A spokesper­son from Tay­lor Wim­pey said that the com­pany was work­ing to com­plete any out­stand­ing works.

He said: “The vast ma­jor­ity of the works are now com­plete on the foot­ball pitches and pav­il­ion which we have in­vested in near to our Jas­mine Park devel­op­ment. We are work­ing closely with the coun­cil to re­solve the fi­nal few out­stand­ing is­sues in or­der to en­sure the fa­cil­i­ties can be opened as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We are yet to fi­nalise a pre­cise han­dover date with the coun­cil, how­ever all par­ties in­volved be­lieve that late Septem­ber should be achiev­able. Once this han­dover has been com­pleted, it will be up to the coun­cil to offi- cially open the new fa­cil­i­ties to the public.”

A Cheshire East Coun­cil spokesman said: “Tay­lor Wim­pey still have work to com­plete on the site be­fore it is handed over to the coun­cil.

“Al­though the site may look ready, there are im­por­tant qual­ity and safety checks that still need to be made to the pav­il­ion.

“We an­tic­i­pate that works at the site will be com­pleted by early au­tumn.”

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The Bro­ken Cross Pav­il­ion (above) and two foot­ball pitches have been closed for more than a year at Jas­mine Park and (right) Coun Louise Brown, Chris An­drew, David Rut­ley MP, Mark Daw­son and Adrian Fisher at a meet­ing to dis­cuss the park’s open­ing last year

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