£1m helps keep top observatory among the stars
Exciting day for youngsters
STAR-GAZERS are celebrating after Jodrell Bank looks set to land a cash boost to help it retain its status as a world-leading science centre.
Cheshire East Council is set to hand the observatory £1m to help keep it at the forefront of global scientific research.
Established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, Jodrell Bank is a long-established world leader of academic research, hosting high profile research in the field of astrophysics.
The centre is also currently competing to extend its role as the headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for another 50 years from 2019.
Doing so is estimated to be worth £1billion in private sector investment and will help to secure an additional 200 jobs on the site.
The council’s cabinet will be asked next week to approve £1m of funding to pay to support its work.
That will only go ahead if Jodrell Bank retains its status as headquarters of the SKA, a multinational project to create the world’s largest radio telescope.
Securing the funds from Cheshire East will also unlock more than £100m of funding from the European Regional Develop- ment Fund (ERDF), Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the further education sector.
Caroline Simpson, the council’s executive director for economic growth and prosperity, said: “The council has set out a clear action plan to develop and grow the technology and science corridor in the area and Jodrell Bank plays a key part in this plan.
“The council is committed to supporting the growth and success of the Jodrell Bank site as a unique asset in the Cheshire Science Corridor.
“We will continue to work closely with partners across the Manchester city region to develop the site’s record in hosting worldclass science and visitor activities.”
The University of Manchester is already investing £16m toward refurbishment of its Grade 1 listed assets, and more than £19m is being sought from HLF and ERDF to build a new visitor pavilion and gallery space.
The council also plans to put in place an order which will allow for a simplified planning process on-site.
And it wants to work with partners to establish an international school to support the growing workforce attracted by the borough’s science and technology-based industries. HEARING impaired children showed off their silky skills as they were treated to a coaching session from Macclesfield Town FC.
The youngsters were involved in a community football day organised by Macclesfield Town and the Paediatric Audiology Department at Macclesfield Hospital.
The eight children visited the club on the day of their clash with Bristol.
The event included a coaching session with community football coaches from the club, and the children also took part in a half-time football match against each other as the club’s spectators watched on.
James Wallis, assistant manager of Macclesfield Town’s community scheme, said: “Everyone had a great day and the children were all so happy at the end of their visit.
“They got the chance to meet some of the club’s players and even formed a guard of honour for them at the entrance of the tunnel as they came out to play against Bristol.
“Then at half time they played a match against each other, which ended 2-2 after a last minute goal by one of the teams.
“I would like to thanks the audiology department for helping to organise the day for this great group of children.”
●● Hearing impaired children had a great day out playing football at the Moss Rose after an invitation by Macclesfield Town FC