£1m helps keep top ob­ser­va­tory among the stars

Ex­cit­ing day for young­sters

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - ALEX HIB­BERT

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

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