Com­mu­nity groups in the money with cash pot

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

APOT of cash is on of­fer to help com­mu­nity groups in town.

Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil was set up in May this year to look af­ter lo­cal is­sues rang­ing from al­lot­ments to com­mu­nity cen­tres, and has £575,000 to spend on ser­vices.

Mem­bers have now set aside a por­tion of the bud­get to cre­ate a com­mu­nity grant scheme and is urg­ing peo­ple to ap­ply for a share of the money.

Com­mu­nity groups can get their hands on up to £2,000, and in­di­vid­u­als can ap­ply for up to £500.

Coun Liz Durham, Mac­cles­field Mayor, said: “We are very pleased to be able to of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for or­gan­i­sa­tions lead­ing events and projects in Mac­cles­field to ap­ply on be­half of their com­mu­nity for grants that ben­e­fit ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ties in the town.”

The grants scheme is among the first things on the coun­cil agenda, with the po­ten­tial for a Neigh­bour­hood De­vel­op­ment Plan also un­der de­bate.

Pete Turner, the newly ap­pointed Town Clerk, said: “Since the coun­cil’s first meet­ing in May, the Town Coun­cil has in­tro­duced a com­mit­tee struc­ture to sup­port the de­vel­op­ing work of the coun­cil.

“The Plan­ning Com­mit­tee has had nu­mer­ous pub­lic meet­ings, con­sid­er­ing the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in the town and mak­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the plan­ning author­ity as well as now con­sid­er­ing whether to progress a Neigh­bour­hood De­vel­op­ment Plan.”

Other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Town Coun­cil are al­lot­ments, pub­lic clocks, bus shel­ters, com­mu­nity cen­tres, play ar­eas and lit­ter.

Mr Turner added: “The Ser­vices Com­mit­tee has been ac­tive in the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­cil’s ap­proach to the trans­fer of as­sets and ser­vices from Cheshire East Coun­cil, tak­ing a con­sid­ered view to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of any pro­posed trans­fers.

“This in­cludes al­lot­ments and there have been sev­eral con­struc­tive meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the al­lot­ment as­so­ci­a­tions in the town as well as site vis­its by the coun­cil­lors.”

The coun­cil also has its own web­site which has dates of the planned meet­ings and de­tails of the coun­cil­lors, with plans for a more de­tailed web­site in the near year.

Ap­pli­ca­tion packs for com­mu­nity grants are avail­able from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil which can be con­tacted on 01625 374142 or via email at clerk@ mac­cles­field- tc. ●● RYAN Chad­wick, 19, of Swan­ley Av­enue, Manch­ester, did not en­ter a plea to two charges of con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A drugs, namely heroin and crack co­caine. He was bailed to ap­pear at Ch­ester Crown Court on Novem­ber 30. ●● NEAL Adams, 41, of Ash Grove, Mac­cles­field, pleaded not guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm. He was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear at Ch­ester Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 28. ●● PE­TER Zyl­stra, 30, of Con­gle­ton Road, Mac­cles­field, did not en­ter a plea to two charges of ex­po­sure. He was bailed to ap­peal at Crewe mag­is­trates court on Novem­ber 27. ●● REECE Collinson, 19, of Mill Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted fail­ing to com­ply with the su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ments of a de­ten­tion and train­ing Or­der. It was ex­tended for three months. ●● OLIVER James Bra­zier, 27, of Ni­chol­son Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted two charges of pos­ses­sion of cannabis. He was fined £120. ●● JA­COB Daniel Stock, 28, of Foun­tain Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of cannabis. He was fined £80. ●● LEON Michael Mottershead, 24, of gov.uk. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.mac­cles­field-tc.gov.uk.

●● Mayor of Mac­cles­field, Coun Liz Durham

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