A survey surrounding the future of a Moorlands town is set to be sent out to residents next month. The news that consultants Filigree Communications are almost set to send out a survey surrounding the Cheadle Town Centre Projects (CTCP), which is set to be delivered by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), was announced at the CTCP Stakeholder Meeting yesterday (Tuesday, June 22).
A survey surrounding the future of a Moorlands town is set to be sent out to residents next month.
The news that consultants Filigree Communications are almost set to send out a survey surrounding the Cheadle Town Centre Projects (CTCP), which is set to be delivered by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), was announced at the CTCP Stakeholder Meeting yesterday (Tuesday, June 22).
The Stakeholder Panel, which includes all Cheadle SMDC councillors, and some Cheadle town councillors, was set up to support a Cheadle Town Centre Delivery Board at SMDC.
Yesterday’s meeting, which was held virtually, first saw a presentation by Ivan Wozniak who presented the findings of a questionnaire which had been carried out in Cheadle by a team of volunteers.
The ‘Big Town Questionnaire’ was organised by Team Cheadle and a sub group of the CTCP Stakeholder Panel.
Mr Wozniak, a member of Team Cheadle, reported to the meeting on the findings from the questionnaire in which 516 people had taken part.
The findings included: a high percentage of people disagreed that more housing was needed for Cheadle; that traffic in the town is a big concern for most; most agreed that tourism was an important aspect of the town; a large number of people expressed that the town could do with a better bus service; and 87 per cent of questionnaire participants stated that they would like to see the town’s leisure centre remain where it is – to name but a few of the findings.
Following Mr Wozniak’s presentation, there was an update from FMG Consulting with regards to their ongoing work on a ‘Leisure Transformation Plan’ for the Moorlands district, including surrounding the future of South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle.
Within his presentation Tim Mills, from FMG Consulting, told the meeting that there is a possibility that the current six-lane 33-metre Cheadle swimming pool could be replaced with a six-lane 25-metre pool with a floating/moveable floor so that the depth of the pool could be changed to cater for different users.
Next up during yesterday’s meeting was a ‘Community Engagement’ update from Filigree Communications with regards to the public consultation they have been commissioned by SMDC to carry out with regards to the Cheadle Town Centre Projects.
Sam Holgate, from the London-based company, told the meeting that they aim to distribute a community newsletter to every household in Cheadle in July, and that the newsletter would include a pull-out survey.
She explained that the survey, which will also be available online, is set to be live for four weeks and that the findings will be presented to a later meeting of the Stakeholder Panel.
Ms Holgate also explained that following an analysis of responses, there would be a second community newsletter sent out at the end of Summer which will include the survey findings and dates of ‘masterplan options’ consultation events which will take place early Autumn.
Concern was raised, initially by meeting chairman councillor Ian Plant, that it had been agreed at an earlier Stakeholder Panel meeting, that panel members would have an input into how the survey was drawn up.
After further members of the panel aired the same concern, it was agreed that a draft of the survey would be sent out to the panel members, and that an extra meeting will be held to discuss the draft survey, before it is sent out to residents.
To view the full Stakeholder Panel Meeting from yesterday, go online to https://staffsmoorlands.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/578691.
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