‘We should now get something more suitable’
COMMUNITY leaders have welcomed the new scaled back plans for the Macclesfield town centre redevelopment.
Beverley Moore from Wake Up Macclesfield, a campaign started by people concerned about the Wilson Bowden proposals for retailbased redevelopment said she was pleased with the new scaled back plans.
She added: “We should now get something more suited to the town.
“It’s brilliant, the town can now have confidence the original scheme won’t happen – that kind of certainty is what’s been lacking for years.
“The retail development planned was too big for the town, we just couldn’t see the retail units being filled and were afraid we’d be left with a white elephant.
“Now we feel very optimistic.”
It has been ten years since town centre regeneration plans were first discussed, a delay Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones has described as ‘unacceptable.’
Coun Jones said the new plan would happen ‘as quickly as possible’ and would be sensitive to the town’s heritage, adding that developers had already made offers. Clare Hayward, chairwoman of Make It Macclesfield, said: “I think plans now reflect people’s opinions who live here rather than out of town developers.
“The town has been blighted by indecision but the council seem committed to the new plans.”
She added that she hopes for a leisure-led offering including restaurants and a hotel, which the town ‘desperately needs’.
David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield, said the new plans would make the town centre more family friendly and that the contract with Wilson Bowden had held back the town’s regeneration.
He added: “We now need to move forward at pace with the new plans.”
●● Beverley Moore from Wake Up Macclesfield