£15,000 grant means centre can climb high
MACCLESFIELD Multi Activity Centre (MAC) is to finally make a start on becoming a climbing centre thanks to funding from the town council.
The venture, launched two years ago, aimed to have a top-of-the-range climbing and bouldering wall.
But its owners, a community interest company, were hampered by a lack of funding and were resolved to open as an indoor roller-skating rink, cafe and community room. The facility on Goodall Street was then damaged by flooding.
But now, thanks to a £15,000 grant from Macclesfield Town Council the team can fund a bouldering area – a low level climbing wall for use without ropes.
Coun Chris Andrew, chair of the finance committee at the council, said: “Andy Brooks from the MAC came to the council in September with details of the work they have put in there and all they have achieved and information about the ambitious plans they have for the centre.
“The council was really impressed with his presentation and passion for this excellent facility for the town and, following careful consideration, I am delighted to say the council agreed to fund the project.”
It is hoped that the new climbing facilities will be open to the public by the end of the year, with plans to a climbing wall in the future.
From left: Coun Chris Andrew, Rachael Brooks from MAC, Macclesfield Mayor Alift Harewood and consort Peter Jones, Andy Brooks from MAC and Coun Adam Schofield