Calls for more help get­ting ac­tiv­ity cen­tre off ground

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

THE man be­hind plans for a new multi-ac­tiv­ity cen­tre is ap­peal­ing for more sup­port to get it off the ground.

Time To Care (UK) CIC, a com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany, is aim­ing to trans­form the for­mer Everett Charles Tech­nolo­gies premises on Goodall Street into a climb­ing and boul­der­ing cen­tre, multi-sports area, soft play cen­tre, a com­mu­nity cen­tre and cafe.

But the ven­ture has strug­gled to se­cure fund­ing to open it all at once.

Builder Andy Brooks, co-direc­tor of Time to Care (UK), who is spear­head­ing the ven­ture is now hop­ing to open the fa­cil­ity grad­u­ally.

He is propos­ing to open a roller rink and in­door skate park ini­tially, de­vel­op­ing the other pro­pos­als in the fu­ture.

Andy said: “We have had some bril­liant sup­port from lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses. They have re­ally got on board with our ideas. They have also pledged to sup­port the ven­ture. But what we need is fi­nan­cial back­ing to make a good go at it.”

The £450,000 pro­pos­als were ap­proved by Cheshire East Coun­cil in Au­gust last year.

A crowd-fund­ing ven­ture, which uses cash con­tri­bu­tions from a large num­ber of peo­ple via a web­site, raised sev­eral thou­sand pounds.

It also got the back­ing of the Mayor of Cheshire East and The Chapel Moun­taineer­ing Club – which runs a climb­ing wall at its home on Gunco Lane.

But since the ini­tial boost last au­tumn fund­ing streams have dried up.

Andy Brooke, said: “We’ve had some dis­ap­point­ments but we’re determined to make it a suc­cess.”

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