Three priority projects for Cheadle – including a new leisure centre - are set to be delivered by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). The council’s cabinet thanked Cheadle Stakeholder Panel at a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) and resolved to deliver on leisure, town centre regeneration and parking.
Three priority projects for Cheadle – including a new leisure centre – are set to be delivered by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC).
The council’s cabinet thanked Cheadle Stakeholder Panel at a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) and resolved to deliver on leisure, town centre regeneration and parking.
Leader of SMDC, Cllr Sybil Ralphs, said the council was ‘committed to delivering’ for the town.
The creation of a new and improved leisure centre on the current Allen Street site, the regeneration of the town centre, including the purchase and improvement of Cheadle Market and the new car parking strategy, which was rubber-stamped at the same meeting, will all go ahead.
Cllr Ralphs told the cabinet the report demonstrated the successful conclusion of the work undertaken by Cheadle Stakeholder Panel to identify deliverable options for town centre sites and to note the work of Cheadle Town Centre Task Force in creating an agreed action plan.
She said: “I think people were sceptical and thought maybe it was just a PR exercise and nothing would come from it.
“But little by little, people have realised we are intent on doing just what it says in this report.
“We are committed to delivering. We are committed to ensuring that what we say here we will carry through.
“I look forward very much to when that day comes and work gets underway.
“I think this is the start of something very exciting.”
During the course of the cabinet meeting, the Cheadle Stakeholder Panel and Cllr Ian Plant in particular, were thanked for their work in overseeing the consultation process which helped identify priority projects for the town, as well as the Cheadle Town Centre Task Force.
It was also agreed that a second community newsletter would be distributed to Cheadle residents to outline the process so far and give an informed overview of the next steps planned.
Cllr Mark Deaville said: “I make no apologies for putting more emphasis on the word ‘delivery.’
“Many people would say ‘not before time.’
“Many people would say that Cheadle, maybe, has been the forgotten area in the past, well not any more.
“These plans are exciting, sustainable and all the plans will certainly improve the quality of life for people in Cheadle and surrounding areas.
“Everyone wanted the best for Cheadle. Now is the time to pick up on these priorities and to deliver them.
“I’m massively enthusiastic about making fairly drastic improvements to the quality of service and quality of offering in sport and leisure in the new leisure centre and work with local partners and local residents to make sure all of these plans are absolutely delivered.”
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