£1m pledge for a new com­mu­nity hub

Macclesfield Express - - MP IN TALKS OVER CARE HOME FUTURE -

A NEW £1m com­mu­nity hub is to be built in one of the town’s most de­prived ar­eas.

Cheshire East Coun­cil will re­de­velop the cur­rent fam­ily cen­tre on Nicholson Close.

Ser­vices op­er­at­ing there now are cen­tred on sup­port­ing young fam­i­lies, but un­der new plans the build­ing will be­come a com­mu­nity hub bring­ing to­gether sev­eral ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The project, which could be com­pleted in Septem­ber 2016, is be­ing funded us­ing £1m from the bud­get.But the coun­cil is hop­ing to pay for much of the scheme by sell­ing some of the site to Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust for a new so­cial hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

The plans were pro­gressed at a cab­i­net meet­ing ear­lier this month.

Dur­ing the meet­ing Coun David Brown, cab­i­net mem­ber for strate­gic out­comes, said: “The plans to re­de­velop Hurds­field com­mu­nity cen­tre will in­volve sell­ing off a boarded up as­set to fund the de­vel­op­ment.

“The new build­ing will ex­pand it from a chil­dren’s cen­tre to mul­ti­func­tional, statu­tory fa­cil­i­ties.”

Coun­cil leader, Coun Michael Jones, said the in­vest­ment was much needed.He said: “I was ap­palled and shocked by the eye­sore dur­ing a visit to Hurds­field.”

Coun Ken Ed­wards, who rep­re­sents Mac­cles­field Cen­tral, wel­comed the plans.

He said: “This is fan­tas­tic and a very pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for Hurds­field com­mu­nity. It is warmly wel­comed. It will be tremen­dous ad­di­tion and so­cial as­set to the town.”

Hurds­field was iden­ti­fied as one of five lo­ca­tions in the bor­ough which needed at­ten­tion dur­ing the coun­cil’s Cre­at­ing Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Re­view.

The cab­i­net agreed to al­lo­cate £995,000 to re­de­velop Hurds­field as both a fam­ily cen­tre and a com­mu­nity hub and au­tho­rised its head of com­mu­ni­ties and the prin­ci­pal man­ager, Early Help, to pro­ceed with the com­mis­sion­ing of the cap­i­tal works.

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