Have your say on building’s future
AHOTEL, art gallery or entertainment complex are all suggestions for the future of King School’s Cumberland Street site – and now the school wants to hear more ideas for its future.
The 160-year-old buildings will become redundant when King’s School closes the site and its Fence Avenue campus to bring together its 1,250 pupils at a new school in Prestbury.
The school needs to sell off the two sites to pay for the new £50m school and work has started to test the ground’s suitability for new homes at the Westminster Road playing fields which form part of the Cumberland Street campus.
But no decision has yet been made about the old school building.
Now the school wants to hear from people around Macclesfield with ideas for the future of the site, which has been a major feature of the town’s since 1856.
Headteacher Dr Simon Hyde said: “We are keen to engage with the town on the best use of our historic buildings, including any future role that the Cumberland Street site could play in the town’s regeneration. We believe this is an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for Macclesfield that will benefit local people well into the future. Discussions and ideas as to how to re-use the historic buildings are at the earli- est stages. We know we will get the best ideas by listening to local people.”
The Express reported last week that former mayor and councillor Janet Jackson believes the site would make a good home for a hotel.
Readers have suggested that it could accommodate an art gallery or entertainment complex on our Facebook page.
Susan O’Donnell French said it would make ‘a lovely hotel’, while others had different ideas.
Rebecca Harrison said it would make a good art gallery and Tracy Henders said: “What about an entertainment complex, cinema etc?”
Others said the town needs housing more than a hotel. A Proper Charlie said: “We are in a middle of a housing crisis, so a hotel isn’t a good idea.
“The entire Kings School buildings and grounds, need to be earmarked for much needed affordable housing.” Trish Wisson said: “Affordable housing is needed much more than a hotel.”
A planning application is being drawn up for the new school at Prestbury as well as the development of Cumberland Street and Fence Avenue.
Ideas can be emailed to FuturePlans@kingsmac. co.uk.
●● The King’s School’s Cumberland Street site