Updated Macc Town Centre Recovery Plan Feb 2022

Updated Macc Town Centre Recovery Plan Feb 2022

Progress against the actions of the Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Plan

Updated 1st Feb 2022

Progress against the actions of the Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Plan – 19th July 2021 
Action Agreed Next Steps Progress Assessment (RAG) Updates
a) Undertake continued engagement work with town centre residents, particularly workers to keep up to date with their needs and a focus on unemployment and schemes available to support
  • Set up a communications sub group
  • Audit digital/physical comms channels
  • Raising the profile of the voluntary sector and looking at increasing/training up volunteers
  • Think about connections with groups like U3A
  • Focus on volunteering opportunities – promote them – community response sub-group
  • MTC website now linked to CVSCE so Macclesfield volunteering opportunities can be accessed.
  • All actions complete – ongoing work continues.
b) Use exisiting schemes such as ‘People Helping People’ to support vulnerable residents, both those living in the Town Centre and elsewhere. Encourage and support resilience and continued ability to deal with future crisis
  • Develop case studies of people that have accessed such support.
  • Create a summary of services for local media promoted through various comms channels
  • Ongoing action – lots of work going on anyway around this
  • Needs to be more strategic
  • Discuss with town partnerships
  • Moss Rose moving forwards – links with MFC – people asset
  • Streetwise, CAB doing lots of work
c) Building upon existing schemes such as ‘Shop Safe Shop Local’, undertake an education campaign around mask wearing and social distancing, with a key focus on the sunflower lanyard
  • Continue with local campaigns as appropriate
  • Refer to action (h)
  • Social distancing signs to be replaced – CEC highways
  • Promote hand sanitiser stations
  • Working with Local Highstreet App
  • Town Centre Manger working with local shops and businesses
  • Feasibility study of Macclesfield Markets by CEC started.
  • MTC agreed £20000 for signage for promotion around the town.

All actions complete and work ongoing.

d) Provide new toilet facilities
  • Continue to pursue a location for a new facility
  • Need permissions
  • Exchange Street challenges
  • Tentative discussion about other locations
  • MTC do provide environmentally friendly mobile toilets for their events
  • Indoor Market is the best location. Pursue with CEC
e) Potentially bring together existing mechanisms such as Macc App and Treacle Traders to build a Macclesfield Website to promote the town
  • Refer to action (a), audit of current comms platforms
  • Need to promote a coordinated approach. Network of sites
  • Local Highstreet App in place.
f) Explore opportunities to develop Macclesfield heritage, culture and art trail
  • Link in with existing art and culture group facilitated by CEC
  • Continue conversations – await funding
  • Tunnicliffe AR trail complete and exhibition in Town Hall.
  • Art and Culture Group continue to meet monthly.
  • CEC commissioned mural in Town centre near Bus Station.
g) Develop retail and business network for Macclesfield and building upon existing networks such as Marketing WAM
  • Set up a comms channel/mailing list for local businesses
  • Discussions with retailers face to face
  • Macc Means Business to ask about home working
  • Mailing list created
  • All actions complete and work ongoing.
h) Develop Shop Local campaign and scheme, building on existing practice
  • Continue with current campaigns as the opportunity arises
  • Explore resurrecting Totally Locally
  • Ongoing campaigns by MTC, CEC, Indoor Market etc
  • Totally Locally unlikely to be resurrected
  • Macc Hospitality Action driving forward
  • Local Highstreet App working with MTC and local businesses.


i) Set up a sub-group to explore the potential of developing outdoor hospitality facilities and use of space
  • Set up outdoor hospitality sub group
  • Explore public opinion on greater pedestrianisation in the town centre
  • Ongoing meetings continue for Outdoor Hospitality
  • Going forward on pedestrianisation – Chestergate consultation forthcoming (CEC)
  • Successful delivery of Five Clouds area
  • Levelling Up bid
  • Challenges around Sunderland Street – meeting demand and expectation – longer term traffic modelling
  • Feasibility study set for Park Green by CEC unfortunately no responses, business ideas to Peter Skates at CEC.
  • Peaks and Plains The Crossing building built and they are working with local businesses in the proximity.
j) Explore the possibility of bringing together all town centre events ‘kit’ including market stalls and provide power points in public spaces to enable further events
  • Hospitality sub group (see action (i)) to explore further
  • Review and consider options to explore further market offering
  • Ongoing discussion – longer term
  • Creation of kit from Welcome Back Fund is funding the following:
    • Deckchairs
    • Gazeboes
    • Planters
  • Available for use for the community
  • Town Hall external electrics need to be upgraded
  • MTC need storage at TC JW and LS to pursue.
k) Host a community Fair/Festival/ Eco-summit
  • Environment sub group to be set up and work alongside existing ECO-summit group
  • Held on 15th May 2021
  • Sub group set up after
  • Action complete- next ECO summit set for OCT 2022
l) Create a central list of businesses and their offer, together with events and activities
  • Pursue the expansion of the mailing list created under action (g) to provide more in depth information about businesses and their offer (requires business support)
  • Explore options such as information points to communicate to those who don’t use the internet/social media
  • Link to action g
  • Conversations with Canalside radio
  • Noticeboards ongoing
  • Mailing list created
  • Social media used by all in comm group and shared throughout.
  • Treacle market list independent businesses. MTC and CEC link to Treacle website.
m) Create a list of community spaces to use and rent
  • Community Response group to explore and identify potential community spaces
  • CEC and community response sub-group to action and communicate
  • List now in place and available.
n) Further promotion of this to wider community and places of work, utilising existing mechanisms
  • Refer back to action (a)
  • Creation of posters and banners to promote further
  • Lots of comms by CEC and MTC
o) Pursue and engage with absentee landlords
  • Promote pop up shop available in Grosvenor Centre
  • Engagement with absentee landlords to be explored as part of the wider regeneration strategy (see longer term actions)
  • MTC actively promoting the pop up shop in the Grosvenor – which is being well used.
  • Continuing attempts taking place to contact absentee landlords.
p) Explore possible usage of the Town Hall and other assets in the town for new uses
  • To be explored as part of the wider regeneration strategy (see longer term actions)
  • South Park Pavilion asset transfer proceeds – design brief is out for procurement.
    Town Hall Feasibility study out for procurement. Town Hall Action Group set up – TCRWG offered to set up Town Hall subgroup, however this was not taken up.
    Markets consultation underway by CEC.
q) Develop more attractive shop front support scheme
  • To be explored as part of the wider regeneration strategy (see longer term actions)
  • MTC conservation area appraisal – ‘good practice’ examples
  • MTC commissioned Character Assessment – public have been consulted.
  • MTC have commissioned a shop front guide – to give businesses ideas how to improve their shop fronts and help the town keep its character.
r) Develop a Delivery Cooperative. Inform residents of schemes to help them find employment e.g. New Leaf, Journey First
  • To work with ELOV with a view to rolling out on a larger scale
  • Map and promote employment support schemes across Macclesfield
  • Explore and communicate opportunities for retraining and volunteering
  • Involved in Comms Group – lunchtime deliveries. Town Council, Treacle and many independent businesses use ELOV for environmentally friendly deliveries.
  • JCP have all employment providers in Macclesfield.
  • CVSCE advertise volunteering opportunities

All actions complete

s) Develop centralised volunteering programme
  • Scope the potential for town ambassador programme
  • Ongoing as part community response sub-group
  • Link to new MTC website and CVS
  • Need to link to wider regeneration and tourism and culture – working with Marketing Cheshire (LEP) to promote tourism and events.
t) Support wider active travel activities and linkages to wider sustainable transport policy
  • To be explored as part of the wider regeneration strategy (see longer term actions)
  • Funding for lighting of Middlewood Way agreed however slowed done by Ringway Jacobs error (CEC Highways
  • 130 bus funding agreed
  • CEC, Macctastic, MTC doing lots of work around this – 20 is plenty campaign
  • Castle St completed cycle racks  available.
  • MTC and CEC exploring Cycle racks on Mill ST.
  • Concept designs for Chestergate been out for public consultation.
u) Create more green spaces in the Town Centre in the longer term
  • Pursue conservation area appraisal and conservation management plan for town centre conservation area
  • Explore options for increasing more greenery in the public realm as opportunities arise
  • Pocket Park finished
  • Rangers working with lots of groups
  • Grow Macclesfield have a community allotment .
  • Grow Macclesfield have community allotment
  • ST Michaels Church, One project and Roe-Naissance all working on green projects.
v) Support parking improvements
  • Pursue options for introducing EV charging points – Explore possibilities for increased cycle storage provision in the town centre
  • CEC completed report on EV Charging with strategy and Macclesfield identified as a high priority awaiting actions from CEC
  • Levelling Up Fund linkages