A TOWN council will move back to its former home next week – just before celebrating it's 125th anniversary next month. Cheadle Town Council will get the keys to move back into the former council chambers, located on Leek Road, on Monday (November 18) as they hold their first council meeting at the venue since leaving five years ago. The building was sold some years ago to a developer who has turned most of the property into residential apartments, but who has also kept and refurbished the council chambers room which he is now making available for use by Cheadle Town Council.
Cheadle Town Council is also set to celebrate 125 years of existence on Wednesday, December 18 and will mark the occasion by taking photographs of current councillors – just like the original members did back in 1894.
This picture is still in possession of the town council and the new photographs will be taken just before they convene back in the chambers for the first time on Monday.
Cheadle Mayor Ian Plant, who has been a member of Cheadle Town Council for ten years, told the Times and Echo how pleased he is that the meetings will return to their original home.
He said: “It was always an ambition to come back here, it was always on the cards.
“(The owner) has done the building up nicely for us and has painted it all.
“There is still the original furniture from when we left so it’s still the council chambers.”
Cllr Plant agreed that the move back into the chambers was timely given that the council’s 125-year anniversary was around the corner.
“It’s just fell in right,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming and there has been a lot of work put into it, a lot of money spent on it.
“We left after the SMDC (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) were selling it.
“They did give us an offer of £35,000, but loads more has been done to it – you couldn’t even put the windows back in for £35,000 so it was a hard task.
“Some councillors were for it but more were against which is why we voted against it because there was no way we as a council could take on something like this apart from keeping the council chambers and he (the owner who bought the building) has always said that and now we are back in.
“It’s excellent that we are able to come back – it’s how it should be.
“We have held meetings in schools and in Freehay but there is nothing like being in the council chambers.”
Cheadle Town Council will rent the chambers for meetings only, so as to cause as little disruption as possible to those who now live in the apartments within the building.
Cllr Plant commented on how the town council has supported the town throughout it’s history
He said: “That’s all we can do. We’re just a small voice in a way, but we are a voice of Cheadle and it’s always been like that.
“We have seven councillors on the district council who are working for Cheadle as well so that’s got to be good.”
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