Cafe venture is group’s latest move to expand estate facilities
THE community group behind Hurdsfield’s library service is aiming to expand with a new cafe.
The Green will open as a social enterprise in two empty units in the shopping parade next to the library at Hurdsfield Green.
The cafe will be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm and will be run by two part-time staff.
The project is the brainchild of Hurdsfield Community Group (HCG), which five years ago stepped in to save facilities on the estate after the proposed closure of the community centre and library.
The group worked closely with Peaks and Plains housing association to set up a community hub for a library service and other community uses.
Last year HCG merged with local group, Friends of Banbury Park, which was set up by two enterprising mothers from the estate to revitalise the park and play area. The HCG group also now runs a youth club, sewing group and art group. This year the plan is for HCG to expand into the former shop units next to its base at the library.
The project is expected to cost more than £30,000.
HCG have successfully bid for £10,000 from Public Health by making the cafe dementia friendly and partnering with Age UK. This cash will fund catering equipment, furniture and decorating costs. The plan is also to set up a regular lunch club for elderly residents, many of whom live in the two tower blocks of flats owned by Peaks and Plains. The housing association has also pledged to spend £20,000 to help renovate the building.
Paying tribute to the work of HCG, Nigel Bennett, Peaks and Plains’ assistant director of partnerships, said: “We can’t thank Hurdsfield Community Group enough for their enthusiasm and interest in improving their community.
“Helping them was an easy decision to make, as their values match our own of helping to improve the local area and facilities, which benefits both our residents and the local community.”
Peaks and Plains Housing Trust has submitted plans to Cheshire East Council.
The project has the support of Keith Smith from Macclesfield Civic Society, which campaigns for the preservation and improvements of the town’s buildings.
He said: “We welcome the proposal as a valuable community facility and as an aid to enhancement and regeneration of this part of the Hurdsfield estate.”
To keep up to date with the project visit the group’s Facebook page “Hurdsfield Community Group”.
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