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First stakeholder panel meeting held in public

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A stakeholder panel, which has been set up to consult about the future of a Moorlands town, has been hearing updates from consultancy firms who have, or are set to, carry out the public consultations. The Cheadle Town Centre Project Stakeholder Panel met virtually on Monday (May 10) with their meeting being made public for the first time.

A stakeholder panel, which has been set up to consult about the future of a Moorlands town, has been hearing updates from consultancy firms who have, or are set to, carry out the public consultations.

The Cheadle Town Centre Project Stakeholder Panel met virtually on Monday (May 10) with their meeting being made public for the first time.

The first item on the agenda was regarding a report from a previously held Stakeholder Workshop. The report, which does not yet appear to have been made public, had been circulated to members of the Stakeholder Panel previously. No comments were made on this report.

The meeting then heard an update from Congleton based FMG Consulting regarding the ‘Leisure Transformation Plan’ for the Staffordshire Moorlands district.

Consultant Tim Mills explained to the meeting that the background and the context of the ‘Leisure Transformation Plan’ was: “SMDC Corporate Plan recognises the importance of leisure, health and well-being; and that it builds on previous strategic work (2017/18) – Broadly that supply is in the right locations, but quality issues and ageing facility stock; To understand likely future needs; Programme of investment needed to deliver provision fit for the future.

Expiring management contract, opportunity for service review; and Relevance of parallel regeneration/ masterplan projects – Cheadle in particular.”

Mr Mills then went on to explain who they had consulted with so far, and who they planned to consult with in the future; and then explained that their next steps were: “Firming up of required facility mix including site/facility plans; Preparation of capital cost estimates; Preparation of operational revenue implications; Assimilation of feedback from community consultation process; Consideration of funding strategies; Consideration of best location (Access/parking arrangements, space requirements, footfall and links with other services, scope for land redevelopment, phasing of works and disruption to services, implications for 3G pitch, implications for town centre regeneration); and Management options appraisal.”

Members of the Stakeholder Panel spoke of their wish that South Moorlands Leisure Centre remained on the site it is on now.

The meeting then heard from Sam Holgate of Filigree Communications, the London based company which has been commissioned by SMDC to carry out the public consultation surrounding the Cheadle Town Centre Project.

Sam introduced the meeting to her company, outlining what projects they had worked on before and then explained that she and her team aim to: “Appeal to the seldom-heard in the town as well as young people, businesses, neighbouring towns and villages; Explore Stakeholder Panel networks and contacts within Cheadle to extend our reach; We need to tell the story – so everyone can make an informed decision when it comes to consultation; Bring it all together – join up the options for key sites and the action plan (Future High Streets).”

The Stakeholder Panel was then informed that two further options for the Cheadle Town Centre Projects, which came out of the previously held Stakeholder Workshop – one for Tape Street Car Park and another for Royal Walk – are to be looked at by Cushman & Wakefield for costing, and added to the previous options which had been set out.

Members of the Stakeholder Panel then discussed the need for a timescale for the public consultation, and that they would like to hear from someone who could speak about the future of Cheadle Hospital at their next meeting.

Anyone wishing to watch the CTCP Stakeholder Panel meeting can do so by going online to:https://staffsmoorlands.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast.

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