Residents’ joy as centre charge is scrapped
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.”