COACH PARK IS JUST THE START

Stockport Times West - - VIEWS -

IT is clear that Chea­dle Hulme School is plan­ning to build, not a coach drop-off area as Sue Ker­shaw states in her let­ter of Novem­ber 27, but a 16-berth coach park, which is not the same thing.

It is clearly marked out on the plans as a coach park, with its 16 slots for coach park­ing clear to see. Ob­vi­ously it can also be used as a drop-off area.

The land that this coach park is to be built on does be­long to the school, but it is also des­ig­nated green­belt land.

A look at the school’s web­site shows why a 16-berth coach park is planned. The school is al­ready ad­ver­tis­ing the hir­ing out of nu­mer­ous sports pitches, a gym­na­sium, halls and rooms for meet­ings, wed­dings, con­fer­ences, casino nights, race nights etc.

It also ad­ver­tises it­self as a venue for, and I quote, ‘a mini-mu­sic fes­ti­val, clas­sic or pres­tige car rally......any event that re­quires a large flat area’. It also sug­gests that it would be a won­der­ful set­ting for tele­vi­sion and film pro­duc­tions.

The map ac­com­pa­ny­ing the school’s 100-year strate­gic plan shows the in­ten­tion of build­ing an enor­mous new sports hall con­ve­niently near to the promised coach park, as well as six new sports pitches on green­belt land. Th­ese would be in ad­di­tion to the ten or so pitches the school al­ready has.

None of the hir­ing of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties is per­mit­ted dur­ing school hours, which means a big in­crease in noise and traf­fic in the evenings and at week­ends. Given all the ad­ver­tis­ing of the school’s fa­cil­i­ties, it is im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that the coach park has been planned only to im­prove the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion at the start and close of the school day.

Chea­dle Hulme En­ter­prises Limited seems to be or­gan­is­ing the trans­form­ing of Chea­dle Hulme School and its sur­round­ing green­belt land into a mas­sive sports com­plex and events venue.

This will have a dam­ag­ing ef­fect on the area and take away most of the green­belt. De­spite what chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Sue Ker­shaw im­plies in her let­ter, this or­gan­i­sa­tion is ob­vi­ously hop­ing to at­tract groups from fur­ther afield than the lo­cal area – oth­er­wise why does their web­site stress that the school is close to an in­ter­na­tional air­port, the city of Manch­ester and sev­eral mo­tor­ways?

The school does own the green­belt which sur­rounds it. Now they seem to be look­ing to make com­mer­cial use of this land.

The school’s web­site makes their plans very clear to any­one who looks at it, and it is strange that Mrs Ker­shaw doesn’t seem to know about them. Eileen Banks Chea­dle Hulme

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