An appeal has been made for community groups and organisations to utilise a building in a Moorlands town to save it from being sold off. Earlier this month, we reported that it had been announced that the Cheadle St John Ambulance base in Ashbourne Road is one of 117 St John Ambulance properties across the country which are currently under review “for potential disposal.”
An appeal has been made for community groups and organisations to utilise a building in a Moorlands town to save it from being sold off.
Earlier this month, we reported that it had been announced that the Cheadle St John Ambulance base in Ashbourne Road is one of 117 St John Ambulance properties across the country which are currently under review “for potential disposal.”
At their meeting on March 1, Cheadle Town Council agreed to show their support of St John Ambulance after receiving a letter about the possible disposal of the Cheadle building.
At their latest meeting, on Monday (March 15), council members heard from St John Ambulance District Manager Jon Mannion who asked councillors to signpost any community groups and organisations to them, who may wish to rent any of the rooms at the venue.
Mr Mannion said: “I urge for your support to signpost us to any organisation which might want to use the buildingfacilities for meetings, groups – anything to maximise it for the community.
“This is not a request for money, it’s not about that, it’s about getting the full use of the community.”
He explained that there are two larger rooms (which can be used for meetings of up to around 15 to 10 people), a smaller room (for around five or six people), toilets including for the disabled, and small kitchen facilities within the building.
He said: “We do have a large unit there with members using the building but only a couple of days a week. We would liketo see more groups using the building.
“We have put a business plan together, which includes more community outreach, like a cafe. So we hope we will besuccessful with that but we need, over next 12 months, to get the building used more.”
Mr Mannion also explained that there could be possibilities of fostering a rental deal with groups who use the venue regularly, and that there would be discounts applied for groups with a community or charitable nature.
Any groups wishing to register an interest in using the Cheadle St John Ambulance building, when Government restrictions allow, can contact Cheadle Town Clerk Dave Mullington at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will then forward any such correspondence on to Mr Mannion.
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