A total of £400,000 is set to be spent on revamping a recreation grounds in a Moorlands town. The funds for Churchill Road Recreational Grounds in Cheadle have mainly come from monies which have been paid by developers of houses in the town – called Section 106 funds.
A total of £400,000 is set to be spent on revamping a recreation grounds in a Moorlands town.
The funds for Churchill Road Recreation Grounds in Cheadle have mainly come from monies which have been paid by developers of houses in the town – called Section 106 funds.
The reactional ground currently has a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), an old toilet, and some pieces of play equipment.
It is hoped with the allocated funds that, in time, there will be new toilet and changing facilities, a Skate Park, new play equipment, and possibly a tea room within the changing room building.
Churchill Road Rec is owned by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council but maintained and leased for a peppercorn rent by Cheadle Town Council.
Councillor Kate Martin told the Times & Echo: “A new lease has been signed between the district and the town council for Churchill Road rec for 20 years.
“So now we can proceed with the new toilet and changing room block.
“There has been £50,000 sat earmarked for Churchill Road rec at the district council for a while now, and I am meeting with the principal officer of regeneration at SMDC to look at match funding the £50,000.
“This is going to be a starting point for Churchill Road as a further £350,000 has been allocated from 106 monies from the build on the old JCB site.
“A skate park and new play equipment will be in the future plan for Churchill Road.”
Cllr Martin is now aiming to speed up the project to revamp Churchill Road rec. It comes after Cheadle Town Council agreed, at a recent meeting, for the project to be moved forward.
Cllr Martin said: “All councillors agreed to move the project forward and also agreed to provide a memorial tribute to Councillor Ian Whitehouse who fought for improvements on site for 11 years.
“I personally think this is very exciting. The Churchill Road Festival has been taking place for many years – it would have been the 12th year last year if it wasn’t for Covid.
“One of the reasons for holding the festival was to raise awareness of the park and to celebrate what a great park it is, and people down there have been working to get improvements down there.”
The Churchill Road Festival has now been stopped in honour of cllr Whitehouse who sadly passed away last year.
Cllr Martin added: “We stopped it in Ian’s honour, but when things are done down there, we will do something on a smaller scale for him as he worked so hard on it.
“I think Ian would be absolutely over the moon that money is finally being spent on Churchill Road.
“I am keeping the family very much involved so they can be a part of it when it opens up.
“I do feel that it is my job to make sure that we do a good job in Ian’s memory.”
Cllr Martin further explained that they are now going out for quotes for the first phase of the project which is for new toilets and changing rooms.
She added: “If there is anyone who would like to get involved in the project at Churchill Road, they are more than welcome to get in contact with me.”
Cllr Martin can be contacted by email at email@example.com, or by calling 07833 993773.
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