Fund­ing ap­peal for climb­ing wall dream

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - STU­ART GREER

HERE is how Mac­cles­field’s new climb­ing cen­tre will look thanks to £50k of in­vest­ment.

Mac­cles­field Multi Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre (MAC) is close to com­plet­ing its boul­der­ing area – a low level climb­ing wall for use with­out ropes.

The not-for-profit Com­mu­nity In­ter­ested Com­pany has been helped by fundrais­ing and grants in­clud­ing £15,000 from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil and £7,000 from De­ci­pher Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment based on Hul­ley Road.

But the dream is still to in­stall a top-of-the-range climb­ing wall and MAC is ap­peal­ing for help to make it hap­pen.

Andy Brooks, the brains be­hind the con­cept, said: “When we set up the CIC our am­bi­tions were to create a bril­liant climb­ing cen­tre and in­vest all profit back into the cen­tre. We are do­ing ex­actly what we set out to do. We sup­port our com­mu­nity and rein­vest all profit.

“The to­tal cost we have in­vested into the climb­ing walls is £45,000. But we still have a way to go and are look­ing for lo­cal com­pa­nies like De­ci­pher and or­gan­i­sa­tions like Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil to help.”

The ven­ture was launched two years ago through crowd­fund­ing and saw 114 back­ers raise more than £5,000.

The plans for 11 dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­ual climb­ing sec­tions in­clud­ing climb­ing walls ris­ing to a max­i­mum height of 7.5 me­tres got plan­ning per­mis­sion.

But the am­bi­tious £450,000 project was ham­pered by a lack of fund­ing and in­stead opened as an in­door roller-skat­ing rink, cafe and com­mu­nity room. The fa­cil­ity on Goodall Street then re­ceived an­other set back when it was dam­aged by flood­ing. It is hoped that the climb­ing fa­cil­i­ties will open by De­cem­ber.

The new boul­der­ing walls at MAC ac­tiv­ity cen­tre in Mac­cles­field

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