Res­i­dents’ joy as cen­tre charge is scrapped

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A RES­I­DENTS group is cel­e­brat­ing a u-turn by a so­cial land­lord which pro­posed charg­ing groups to use a com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Mem­bers of Chelford Ten­ants & Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (CTARA) launched a cam­paign when Peaks and Plains pro­posed charg­ing £10 an hour to use the As­tle Court Com­mu­nity Room in Chelford.

The trust said the charges were needed af­ter it failed to find a group to man­age the fa­cil­ity and take on some of the run­ning costs.

But Peaks & Plains has now an­nounced it will not bring in the charge af­ter Cheshire East Coun­cil and CVS Cheshire have es­tab­lished a com­mu­nity trust to run the room un­der an agree­ment with the trust.

David Kent, of the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, said: “This is not only good news for CTARA but the many other users of the room. We thank every­one who helped our cam­paign.

“The pro­posal caused months of dis­tress and up­set not just for CTARA but the whole com­mu­nity of Chelford.”

Tim Pin­der, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Peaks and Plains, said: “We are de­lighted that to­gether with Cheshire East Coun­cil and the Chelford com­mu­nity, we have agreed a con­struc­tive way for­ward for the man­age­ment of the com­mu­nity room at Chelford.”

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