Silk work­ers in­spire name of new so­cial hous­ing scheme

Award hon­ours ex-mayor

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A NEW so­cial hous­ing de­vel­op­ment has been named af­ter the town’s his­toric mill work­ers.

Throw­sters Court, on May­dews Pas­sage, in­cludes 36 brand new one and two bed­room apart­ments in a for­mer mill build­ing.

The name of the new de­vel­op­ment hon­ours the town’s rich silk history and was inspired by the term throw­ster, a per­son who twists silk into yarn.

The name was sug­gested by Mac­cles­field’s Civic So­ci­ety to owner Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust.

The show flat is now open the new de­vel­op­ment, which over­looks the River Bollin and Mac­cles­field ceno­taph.

The site used to be home to Park Green Mill and had plan­ning per­mis­sion firstly in 2008 then a larger scheme in 2011. But de­vel­op­ment stalled, leav­ing the area A FOR­MER mayor was re­mem­bered at the end of the an­nual tour­na­ment at Mac­cles­field Ten­nis Club.

A new tro­phy for the Most Im­proved Ju­nior player was pre­sented to Harry Wil­liams in mem­ory of Brenda Lin­gard, a for­mer player with the club.

Brenda died in 2014 aged 82. She was an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and coun­cil­lor in Bolling­ton from 2004 to 2010. She served as mayor in 2008.

Her hus­band Alan was at the pre­sen­ta­tion event to hand over the award to Harry.

A spokesman for the an eye­sore.

Laura Ast­wood, de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ships man­ager at Peaks & Plains, said the apart­ments could ap­peal to those look­ing for some­where new, lo­cal and af­ford­able.

She said: “We love the idea of nam­ing the de­vel­op­ment af­ter the mill work­ers, rather than the mill own­ers who have had sev­eral lo­cal streets named af­ter them.

“Af­ter it sit­ting empty for so long, we are also de­lighted to be able to bring this key town cen­tre lo­ca­tion back into use.

“The mod­ern de­sign com­bined with the cen­tral lo­ca­tion, within walk­ing dis­tance of the town cen­tre shops and the train sta­tion, is al­ready mak­ing these apart­ments a pop­u­lar choice.”

The apart­ments fea­ture a mod­ern, open-plan lounge and kitchen, and large bed­rooms. club said: “Brenda played club and team ten­nis at Mac­cles­field for many years. She had worked as a PE teacher and had a life­long love of ten­nis and a keen in­ter­est in en­cour­ag­ing and help­ing young peo­ple. Many cur­rent mem­bers re­mem­ber her at­tack­ing volley game and pas­sion for win­ning.”

Other ju­nior win­ners in this year’s tour­na­ment were Dy­lan and Lewis Con­nolly who be­tween them won the Un­der 13 and Un­der 15 sin­gles as well as be­ing part of win­ning pairs in the Un­der 13 Un­der 15 and Un­der 18 boys dou­bles.

Pri­vate park­ing is avail­able for all res­i­dents.

The 12 one-bed apart­ments can be rented for £95 per week while the 24 two-bed apart­ments are £115 per week.

The first ten­ants are ex­pected to be able to move in by Au­gust.

Dy­lan also won the Mens sin­gles and the Ju­nior Player of the Year award and the Mens’ dou­bles with Sam Brown.

Lewis Con­nolly and Tim Leak won the Un­der 18 and Un­der 15 boys’ dou­bles with Lewis also win­ning the Un­der 13 boys’ dou­bles with Will Ridg­way.

Ella Banks was very suc­cess­ful in the girls’ events win­ning the Un­der 13, Un­der 15 and Un­der 18 sin­gles. She won the Un­der 18 and Un­der 15 girls’ dou­bles with part­ner Emma Robert­son and won the Un­der 13 girls’ dou­bles with An­niken Styth.

●● Alan Lin­gard presents a new tro­phy for the Most Im­proved Ju­nior player to Harry Wil­liams in mem­ory of Brenda Lin­gard

●● An artists im­pres­sion of Throw­sters Court, Mac­cles­field

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