Launch bash at park for new fa­cil­i­ties

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

HUN­DREDS of res­i­dents came to­gether to help launch new com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties at a spe­cial event.

The two all-weather foot­ball pitches and Bro­ken Cross Pav­il­ion at Jas­mine Park, near Whirley, had been closed off to the public for al­most 18 months.

They were shut as a legal dis­pute be­tween the coun­cil and Tay­lor Wim­pey (TW) was set­tled.

But af­ter res­i­dents, backed by The Ex­press, and Macclesfield MP David Rut­ley cam­paigned to get them open the fa­cil­i­ties were of­fi­cially launched on Fri­day (Jan­uary 30) with help from the girl who the park is named af­ter.

Jas­mine is the grand­daugh­ter of the park’s de­vel­oper Tay­lor Wim­pey’s legal direc­tor, and she at­tended the event along with David Rut­ley MP, Mayor of Macclesfield Coun Janet Jack­son, ward coun­cil­lors Louise Brown and Martin Hardy, Vic Bar­low and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tay­lor Wim­pey and the coun­cil. Tay­lor Wim­pey and Tesco’s Bro­ken Cross store also pro­vided the food and drink for at­ten­dees.

Chris An­drew, chair­man of the vol­un­teer group, said: “Nearly 200 res­i­dents and lo­cal peo­ple turned up and ev­ery­one was very im­pressed with the ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties that are avail­able for the com­mu­ni­ties’s use.

“The Macclesfield Ex­press and David Rut­ley have been ma­jor play­ers in this cam­paign and I would like to thank ev­ery­one that has worked so hard.

“Simon Davies the site manager of Jas­mine Park was also given a round of ap­plause on the day by res­i­dents in recog­ni­tion of his ster­ling work on their be­half for nearly five years.”

Speak­ing af­ter the event, Macclesfield MP David RRut­ley said: “It was great to fi­nally see the Pav­il­ion open for public use. The big at­ten­dance at the open­ing shows the strong sup­port it has in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and will help en­sure that this new fa­cil­ity will have a suc­cess­ful fu­ture.

“I would like to thank Chris An­drew and other mem­bers of the team of vol­un­teers, as well as Tay­lor Wim­pey and Cheshire East Coun­cil, for mak­ing the open­ing of the Pav­il­ion pos­si­ble.”

The Jas­mine Park Com­mu­nity and Sports Cen­tre Ac­tion Group will now vol- un­tar­ily run the fa­cil­i­ties, with the coun­cil re­tain­ing own­er­ship.

To book the fa­cil­i­ties e-mail di­anecord­well@ sky.com or go to the face­book site at face­book.com/ jas­minepark­com­mu­nityand­sports­cen­tre.

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●● Cam­paign­ers cel­e­brate the open­ing of Bro­ken Cross Pav­il­ion af­ter 18 months of clo­sure

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