Traders fight £90m town centre scheme buy-outs Defiant business owners force inquiry by refusing to sell up
APUBLIC inquiry looks set to decide the future of a £90m town centre revamp as business bosses refuse to sell up.
Owners of a cafe, electronics shop and home appliance shop are among those who have challenged a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which would clear land to make way for the Silk Street redevelopment. The scheme – comprising a Debenhams store, Cineworld cinema, a town square and 19 other retail units – was given planning permission in June 2013.
But Cheshire East Council and development partner Wilson Bowden have failed to agree the sale of all land and properties needed to build it.
Treats cafe and The Entertainment Centre on King Street and Secondtek on Churchill Way have objected to the CPO, along with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s and three other parties.
Their objections mean an inquiry has been arranged for this April to decide its fate. ●●
●● The Silk Street scheme would redesign a large part of Macclesfield town centre