A consultation has begun surrounding the regeneration of a Moorlands town. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is asking people in Cheadle to take part in a consultation to “help shape Cheadle’s future development” in a two-stage consultation process starting with the launch of a survey asking people to comment on five “emerging priorities” for the town centre.
A consultation has begun surrounding the regeneration of a Moorlands town.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is asking people in Cheadle to take part in a consultation to “help shape Cheadle’s future development” in a two-stage consultation process starting with the launch of a survey asking people to comment on five “emerging priorities” for the town centre.
The survey is included in a newsletter which is being delivered to all households this week and is also available on the council’s website at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/Cheadle-Town-Centre.
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of the SMDC, said: “From the outset we’ve been clear that the views of the public will be key to shaping the future development of their town so I’m very pleased that we’ve now reached the stage where these discussions can get underway.
“We know there is a huge amount of interest in this once in a generation chance to change Cheadle.
“We want to harness that energy and commitment to help define an ambitious, realistic and deliverable vision that reflects local views and forms the agreed strong foundations for the rejuvenation and regeneration everyone wants to see happen.”
A spokesman for SMDC further explained: “The council has listened carefully to recent consultations, considered the impact of Covid-19 and taken external advice on leisure and parking provision to draw up five emerging priorities which it believes should underpin regeneration.
“The public is now being asked for their views and thoughts on these priorities which are: We must welcome more people to live in Cheadle; We must make it easy to shop, spend time and money in Cheadle; Providing flexible parking options is a priority; Cheadle needs to retain a similar leisure offer with improved quality of facilities; Integrated services will benefit community health and wellbeing.”
Chairman of the Stakeholder Panel appointed to oversee the development and delivery of town centre projects, councillor Ian Plant, said: “Before we look in detail at any options for investment and growth at the regeneration sites in the Autumn, we want to hear your thoughts on the five emerging priorities.
“Whatever options we choose, it’s important that they are based on the wishes of the town and that we have an agreed vision of what we want to achieve through regeneration on which to base those choices.”
Cllr Plant added: “I would now urge everyone to read more about the priorities in the newsletter we are distributing to all households and then complete the survey which you can do online, by email or by dropping it off at the library in Cheadle or the council offices in Leek.”
The deadline for returning the survey is Friday, September 3 and the results are set to be shared in a further community newsletter due to be published by SMDC later this summer.
The second stage of the consultation is set to take place in the autumn when people will be invited to share their views on the options for regeneration of specific sites.
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