Have your say on build­ing’s fu­ture

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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