£15,000 grant means cen­tre can climb high

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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