|Up to £25 million of public money to be spent on major improvements in the heart of Cheadle. Ideas now sought from the local community
Special Message from Phillip-Gould-Bourn, Civic Society chairman
On the 10th of December, 2019, myself and fellow committee member, Reverend Rob Munro, were delighted to have a meeting in Cheadle with the Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, along with our MP, Mary Robinson.
The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the awarding of up to £25 million to Cheadle from the Government’s new Towns Fund, to help regenerate life into the area.
Cheadle is one of 100 local areas across the country which have been chosen to receive this level of funding, with the main requirement that the money is spent on encouraging growth, improving transport, as well as providing better opportunities for developing skills and culture.
During our meeting, we took Mr. Jenrick along High Street, where the traffic was conveniently static, as if to emphasise the need for a railway station, which the Civic Society committee has at the top of its list of priorities as to how the money should be spent. With an existing functional railway line already passing through Cheadle, we believe a new station, with stopping trains, would be reasonably simple to put in place and would be a major benefit to the area. Mr Jenrick seemed very enthusiastic to the idea and even mentioned that other public funds were available, which could also be used.
The next step in the process of receiving the funding is for a dedicated committee to be formed, comprising of respected business and community personnel, and being chaired by a local business leader.
An amount of £140,000 has already been earmarked to go to SMBC to help with the formation of the committee, and it is the committee, not the council, which must put forward a clear plan of action and proposals as to how the money should be spent.
The Civic Society warmly welcomes this new initiative and is very keen to be represented on the committee as it is well aware there is an increasing urgency to make improvements to the centre of Cheadle as soon as possible.
If anyone has any comments or views, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the Towns Fund, click here.