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Town council agrees to fight for hospital

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29 APR

Town council agrees to fight for hospital

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News

Town councillors have unanimously voted to save the area’s hospital building. Cheadle Hospital is an ‘option’ for demolition in the ongoing Cheadle Town Centre Projects (CTCP) which is set to be carried out by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC).

Town councillors have unanimously voted to save the area’s hospital building.

Cheadle Hospital is an ‘option’ for demolition in the ongoing Cheadle Town Centre Projects (CTCP) which is set to be carried out by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC).

The option for it’s demolition is amongst other options for Cheadle which have been set out in a controversial report by Cushman & Wakefield consultants.

SMDC have set up a Stakeholder Panel which is set to support a Delivery Board for the CTCP, and has been tasked to consult with various groups about what people would like to see happen for the regeneration of the Moorlands town.

On Monday (April 26), Cheadle Town Council held a virtual extraordinary meeting to discuss the Cushman & Wakefield report and it’s options, as well as discuss what councillors would like to see happen in their town.

The two hour meeting saw much debate from many councillors with three votes taking place.

One vote was on the possibility of building houses on Tape Street Car Park – another of the options as set out in the Cushman & Wakefield report.

A majority of nine councillors voted to have no houses built on the town’s main car park.

The next debate and vote focused on the South Moorlands Leisure Centre, which is also set out as an option for demolition and possible relocation to Tape Street Car Park.

Councillors all agreed that the current location of the town’s leisure centre is in the “right place”.

They unanimously voted that: “the leisure centre stays where it is and that it is not closed during any new build or refurbishment.”

The next topic for debate and vote was Cheadle Hospital. It was revealed that there had been talks about it being turned into a care centre for the elderly but that had not come to fruition.

There were strong feelings made about the hospital remaining as some kind of health service for the town, possibly with some care facility within it, while retaining the current services offered within the building.

All councillors at the virtual meeting voted unanimously to fight to keep the hospital in place, for it to remain open, with additional services put in place.

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