Land se­cured for leisure scheme

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

LAND cen­tral to plans for the leisure as­pect of the town cen­tre devel­op­ment has been se­cured by Cheshire East Coun­cil.

The Se­condtek site on Churchill Way was one of three plots own­ers were re­fus­ing to sell, which threat­ened the £90m Silk Street scheme.

How­ever the coun­cil now owns all the land needed for a leisure scheme, which is likely to in­clude a cinema and restau­rants.

Coun­cil leader Michael Jones is now hop­ing a £15m in­vest­ment pot will en­tice devel­op­ment part­ners to come for­ward with pro­pos­als to breathe new life into the ail­ing re­gen­er­a­tion scheme.

He said: “We are also mak­ing £15m of devel­op­ment fund­ing avail­able to ac­cel­er­ate the leisure as­pects of the Silk Street Devel­op­ment Scheme. To this end, the coun­cil has ac­quired the free­hold and lease­hold in­ter­est of the site known as Churchill Way.

“This is a key strate­gic site where the cinema and restau­rants pro­posed in the Silk Street scheme are to be lo­cated. Other ac­qui­si­tions may be con­sid­ered in due course.”

Coun Jones has also con­firmed that the coun­cil’s deal with Wil­son Bow­den is over, fol­low­ing the de­vel­oper’s fail­ure to pre­vent Deben­hams, the an­chor to the Silk Street scheme, pulling out of the project.

He said: “It is time to call it a day. There will be no fi­nan­cial penal­ties. We wish them well but want to move for­ward. It’s time to walk away.”

Coun Jones has in­vested a lot of faith in prop­erty guru Nick Hynes to shape the fu­ture of the town cen­tre in his role as chair­man of the Macclesfield Town Cen­tre Vi­sion De­sign Board.

Mr Hynes is be­ing paid £50,000 for his six-month con­sul­tancy role lead­ing the task­force, which in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Make it Macc fo­rum, cam­paign group Wake Up Macc, the Civic So­ci­ety, Trea­cle Mar­ket, Barn­aby and the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall, as well as re­tail­ers.

Mr Hynes is ex­pected to pro­duce a full re­port to the lead­er­ship by the end of the year.

Mean­while, in one of his first jobs since his re­elec­tion ear­lier this month, Macclesfield MP David Rut­ley met with Mr Hynes and Jo Wise, the new project direc­tor for Macclesfield town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion, a £58k-ayear coun­cil role.

Mr Rut­ley said: “It was good to meet with Nick and Jo to find out more about emerg­ing op­tions for the town cen­tre and to see more fo­cus be­ing given to this vi­tal pri­or­ity.”

●» Project direc­tor Jo Wise, prop­erty guru Nick Hynes and MP David Rut­ley

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