Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group
Minutes of the meeting held 9th September 2021.
Abi Sherratt Macclesfield Town Council
Aoife Middlemass CVSCE
Becky Thompson Macclesfield Hospitality Action
Chris Draper Peaks and Plains Housing Trust
Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council
Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council
Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council
Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council
Dr Evi Girling Keele University
Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums
Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council
Matt Todd Scoop and Scales
Jo Wise Cheshire East Council
Welcome from Co/Chairs
Cllr Jackson welcomed and thanked the group and gave a warm welcome to new members Matt Todd and Becky Thompson,
Discuss new Co-Chair
Chris Draper of Peaks and Plains will be the new Co-Chair.
Update from sub groups:
Matt Todd will lead the environment sub group and updated on who he had already identified and actions to be added to the plan. Matt will update the group by email of the actions as they were agreed by the group. Matt will hold an environment sub group within the next month and all groups members are invited to listen to the first meeting.
Comms- Abi Sherratt updated on the Comms subgroup, all key actions set so far have been achieved. Abi will send the notes to all of the group members.
Outdoor Hospitality – Cllr Fiona Wilson updated on the sub group, including the need for hospitality businesses to renew their pavement licenses. MHA, CEC and MTC will promote this.
Art and Culture – Emma Anderson fed back from the culture forum, where the Town Hall uses was raised with lots of ideas. (see item 4.)
Community Response- Aoife Middlemass updated on the work continuing to raise volunteer roles in Macclesfield, and the continued wonderful response of the people of Macclesfield working in the community.
New Sub Group – Town Hall
The group members agreed to form a new sub group to look at the Town Hall and explore how it could be used to benefit the town. Jo Wise will be asked to Chair the group, and Cllr Brathwaite, Aoife Middlemass and Emma Anderson have expressed interest in being part of the group. MHA and The Town Hall Network group will be invited also. Jo Wise is currently on annual leave and will be asked to arrange on her return.
Update on the Plan
Amber points on the plan were discussed and updated. LS and AS will update offline and send to the group. As also to produce an update from the group for the mailing list and wider community.
LS will also share the criteria for the welcome back fund, to gain ideas for the town from the working group members to go into the bid. Responses will be needed by 14th September.
Date of next meeting
10am 2nd November 2021, via zoom/teams.