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A Working Group has been put together to develop a Town Centre Recovery Plan for Macclesfield.

Some organisations are already represented on the Working Group, others attended an initial Focus Group held in August, and others have helpfully supported the Working Group in promoting a survey we have been undertaking with residents and businesses over the last month. We wanted to provide you with an update on the Plan, our consultation process, and detail how we would like you involved in the future.

We have been working hard on developing the Executive Summary which outlines the principles to the Plan; We have also been working hard on populating the first three sections of the Plan which set the context to the Plan, set out our baseline position with some emerging evidence from our surveys, and detail our draft objectives for the Plan which are framed by the High Street Task Forces Recovery Framework.

We have completed several fact finding sessions, where we  gathered further information as to what residents, retailers, hospitality organisations, cultural organisations, and digital businesses think the Plan should include. These sessions were targeted at individual organisations and residents, to ensure that we have a diversity of voices and opinions.

Below is a link to all associated documents which is updated after each meeting and activity.

Many Thanks
Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group

Associated Documents

Draft Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Plan
Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group Plan Draft Executive Summary
Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group Fact Finding Sessions Information
Final Recommended Macclesfield Town Recovery Plan v2.0

Terms of Reference

Upcoming Working Group Meetings

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Report A Problem

Find the contact details for reporting problems in your community as well as links to the online quick submission forms.

 

Community Groups

Many community groups give their time to help make the town what it is. Here you can find out how to get involved.

 

Past Working Town Centre Recovery Working Group Meetings

Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group

Minutes of the meeting to be held on 2nd November 2021

 

Present:

Abi Sherratt                                                               Macclesfield Town Council

Aoife Middlemass                                                     CVSCE

Becky Thompson                                                      Macclesfield Hospitality Action

Chris Draper (Co Chair)                                           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

Emma Anderson                                                       Macclesfield Museums

Laura Smith                                                               Macclesfield Town Council

Jo Wise                                                                      Cheshire East Council

 

Apologies:

 

Matt Todd                                                                 Scoop and Scales

Dr Evi Girling                                                              Keele University

 

 

 

  1. Welcome from Co Chairs

Chris Draper chaired as Janet Jackson was on an iPad making it difficult for her to chair.

 

  1. Update from sub groups:

Comms- Abi Sherratt

Held a positive meeting on 6/09/21. MTC website is now live, improving signage in the town was discussed, and articles have been put in local people.

 

Outdoor Hospitality – Cllr Fiona Wilson

Met on 22/09/21 and again on 01/11/21 discussed pavement licenses ( MTC have not received any information on applicants), road closures on market square ( can they be permanent) and the welcome back fund. CEC are procuring across Cheshire East and will be buying deckchairs, gazebos and planters etc.

Becky Thompson advised that Five Clouds and R and G’s would be renting a gazebos structure for Dec 21.

 

Art and Culture – Emma Anderson

Tunicliffe exhibition hopefully in Town Hall this Dec – this will be evaluated to see if more joint working can take place.

 

Community Response- Aoife Middlemiss

CVS created a ‘Macclesfield Hub’ that is linked to MTC new website.

 

Environment –Matt Todd to go ahead with a monthly meeting for environmental groups and Aoife at CVS will attend too.

 

  1. New Sub Group – Town Hall Update

Jo Wise updated on the brief for the Town Hall feasibility study. The group will no longer have a sub group and Charles Jarvis will chair 4 meetings, and feedback will be given to the group.

 

  1. Mailing List Update of Plan

Abi Sherratt will complete by end of the week.

 

  1. Welcome Back fund update

Jo Wise.

Procurement priority pre-Christmas comms.

Then deck chairs, gazebos plants and planters.

Light boxes in various locations on town to be agreed.

 

  1. Activities in the Town Centre

Peaks and Plains development- Chris Draper

Circulated a brochure distributed to businesses near the Crossing development, positive feedback from the businesses so far. This will mean offering people who move into the Crossing vouchers or a booklet on the offers from the local businesses.  Monthly challenge group of local residents, they monitor policy changes before Peaks and Plains adopt changes. Chris is attending to discuss the recovery group and will feedback views to the group.

 

Britain in Bloom – Janet Jackson/Laura Smith

Britain in Bloom judging will take place July / Aug 22. Plans are in place and we are looking to encourage local retailers and businesses to get involved. Contact will be made with shop parades on the estates also.

 

Christmas Activities – Abi Sherratt/ Becky Thompson

Updated that hospitality event and late night shopping on 2nd December. Lots of shops have agreed to open and Grosvenor centre will open until 9pm, and free car parking from 3pm.

 

Shop Front Guide – Fiona Wilson

MTC completed conservation area review and it is now with CEC for consultation and MTC are also completing a character review – this has brought up the matter of shop fronts and the various designs. MTC are looking for a guide to be completed to assist shops to make the town look attractive and keeping in character.

  1. Date of next meeting

7th December 10am

 

Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group

Minutes of the meeting held 9th September 2021.

 Present:

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

 

Apologies:

 

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:

Environment

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.

 

 

 

Present:

Abi Sherratt Macclesfield Town Council
Aoife Middlemass CVSCE
Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council
Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council
Dr Evi Girling Keele University
Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council
Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield
Chris Draper Peaks and Plains Housing Trust
Jo Wise Cheshire East Council
Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums

Apologies:

Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council
Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council

1. Welcome from Co/Chairs

Cllr Jackson welcomed and thanked the group.

2 Change to ToR

Proposal to amend the ToR due to the ongoing Pandemic and the fact there is still so much to do. All agreed.
MBJ advised that he has resigned his role on the board of MIM due to house move, and this means he will no longer be co-chair. MiM are happy with the work done so far and have no desire to have a replacement representative on the group. MBJ happy to continue working with the group. The group also agreed to add a rep from MHA to the group, Becky Thompson.

3 Review the Plan and Actions

Comms

Meeting held on 12th July, well attended. JJ updated the group on key
points and AS will send out minutes and updated action table to all
members of Working Group, which will explain in more detail

Outdoor Hospitality

FW happy that the report sent out covers all points. No further questions

Community Response

AM has been working on volunteer recruitment with MTC, and has been
offering advice on paperwork to ensure it is robust.
Some groups are not fully open yet, and CVS are working with them to assist.

Cultural

Good meeting on the 14th July of the Cultural Forum, well attended.
Discussions continue re mural, and good progress has been made on the
Tunnicliffe Trail for later in the year.

Updated Action Plan

MBJ then took the group through the action table and each section was
discussed and the relevant RAG status updated if required.

4 Planned Walkaround with the LEP for 27th July 10am-1pm

The draft plan for the walkaround was agreed.
Actions:
• LS to update ToR
• JJ to ask MHA, to Becky Thompson to join the Working Group.
• LS to add Matt Todd to invite for next meeting
• AM to send list of community venues to Helena Gowler and LS

5 Date of Next Meeting

Next meeting scheduled for 9am on Thursday 9th September

Present:

Abi Sherratt Macclesfield Town Council

Aoife Middlemass CVSCE

Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council

Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council

Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council

Dr Evi Girling Keele University

Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield

Justine Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust

Jo Wise Cheshire East Council

Apologies:

Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council

Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums

1. Welcome from Co/Chairs

Cllr Jackson welcomed and thanked the group.

2 Updates on Member organisations endorsement of the plan

The Silk Trust formally endorsed our plan at their Board Meeting on 1st April.

CVSCE – will endorse at next Board meeting and confirm.

3 Updates on Subgroups and actions on the plan

· Communication

The next subgroup is being arranged by AS.

· Outdoor Eating

Cllr Wilson feedback that a positive meeting was held on 14th April 2021. Outdoor eating area at beginning of Market Square is going ahead and we hope will be in place for 17th May. MHA are project managing and will provide updates.

JW updated on the pavement licence process which is now free. The applications are dealt with by CEC, and MTC are a consultee.

· Community Response

Subgroup still to take place however MTC and CVSCE are holding a ‘get together’ virtually by zoom for Voluntary sector 19th May.

Also, the working group aim to hold an event/ promotion during ‘Volunteers Week’ at the beginning of June, to showcase the wonderful voluntary opportunities in Macclesfield. AM to lead.

It was also agreed to separate the Art and Culture from this group, and for Cllr Jackson and EA to attend the Macclesfield Cultural Forum, so they can feedback to the working group from that, rather than set up a new subgroup that would be duplication. Art and Culture will have its own Heading as a subgroup on future agendas.

· Eco Summit

Set for 15th May 2021. Organised by MTC and Macctastic. JG and Cllr Mannion are leading the session on the recovery working group and actions in the plan that come under the environment. From this the aim to create a subgroup.

· Update on actions on plan: MBJ and LS to update the mailing list on developments and work.

4. Updates from last meeting

· JW updated on criteria for levelling up and LEP funding. JW also showcased the marketing ‘Say ‘hi’ to the High Street’ and associated posters and campaign to be rolled out.

· Chewing gum campaign to be run by MTC.

AS had order items from Keep Britain Tidy and will plan a social media campaign.

· Discussion on Town Hall

It was agreed to hold this meeting once the CEC Asset Transfer Policy has been approved by CEC. Interested parties will be informed by LS and MBJ.

5. Next Steps/Actions

– Hold all subgroup meetings and email notes to all members to update.

– Update mailing list members

– Members to try to attend the LEP Consultations.

– It was agreed the next meeting will be spent reviewing the TOR and the future of the working group.

6. Date of next meeting

10am 8th June 2021.

Present:

Abi Sherratt Macclesfield Town Council

Aoife Middlemass CVSCE

Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council

Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council

Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council

Dr Evi Girling Keele University

Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums

Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield

Justine Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust

Apologies:

Jo Wise Cheshire East Council

Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council

1. Welcome from Co/Chairs

Cllr Jackson welcomed and thanked the group.

2 Updates on Member organisations endorsement of the plan

All working group member organisations have endorsed the plan, apart from:

Silk Museums have it on their agenda 1/04/21

CVSCE – to confirm

3 Updates on Subgroups and actions on the plan

· Communication

The first Communication sun group meeting has taken place.

· Outdoor Eating

Meeting set for 14th April 2021. Outdoor eating area at beginning of Market Square can go ahead with funding from MTC for Planters and tables, and support from CEC, with licensing and moving car park spaces. MHA will project manage.

 

· Community Response

Larger group still to be set up. MTC and CVSCE are holding a ‘get together’ virtually by zoom for Voluntary sector 19th May.

 

· Eco Summit

Set for 15th May 2021. Organised by MTC and Macctastic.

This recovery working group will have a session, to present the plan, with the aim to create a subgroup.

· Update on actions on plan: Group updated actions in progress on the plan. MBJ will update and LS and MBJ will produce updates to all mailing list contacts.

4. Updates from last meeting

· JW to update on criteria for levelling up and LEP funding.

JW was not present but has emailed over information.

· Chewing gum campaign to be run by MTC.

LS and AS are procuring items from Keep Britain Tidy.

· MBJ and LS to update all on the mailing list.

Updated in previous item.

· Invite David Rutley to a Working Group Meeting

Invite will be made in due course.

5. Discussion on Town Hall

Many interested residents and organisations in the town contact member organisations about the use of the Town Hall building. It is owned by CEC, who use the building for various meetings, weddings and events. It also houses MTC.

The working group decided try and bring together interested parties for discussion. This would include CEC as the owners of the building.

It would be desirable to hold this meeting once the CEC Asset Transfer Policy has been approved, however we would aim for end May 2021.

6. Next Steps/Actions

– Hold all sub group meetings

– Update mailing list members

– Organise Town Hall discussion

– Members to try to attend the LEP Consultations.

7. Date of next meeting

26th April 10.30am

Present:

Abi Sherratt Macclesfield Town Council

Aoife Middlemass CVSCE

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

Jo Wise Cheshire East Council

Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield

Apologies:

Justine Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust

1. Welcome from Co/Chairs

Cllr Jackson welcomed and thanked the group.

2 Updates on Member organisations endorsement of the plan

All the member organisations have received a letter from the Co-Chairs of the Working group asking them to endorse the plan.

CEC have endorsed the plan, with a decision record signed by the Executive Director Place and Cllr Mannion as Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regeneration to formally endorse the MTCRP on behalf of CEC

MTC will approve at Full Council 29/03/21

Silk Museums have it on their agenda 1/04/21

MIM have it on the agenda for their next Board Meeting 8/03/21

CVS and Peaks and Plains to update the time scale for their endorsement.

3 Updates on Subgroups and actions on the plan

· Communication

Group is formed and being led by Abi Sherratt.

· Outdoor Eating

Group is formed and led by Cllr Fiona Wilson and Jo Wise

· Community Response

Emma Anderson, Aoife Middlemass and Cllr Brathwaite to meet and set up a meeting.

· Eco Summit

Set for 15th May 2021. Organised by MTC and Macctastic.

This recovery working group will have a session, to present the plan, with the aim to create a subgroup.

· Mailing list updates

Approx 50 people on the list.

Updates can be sent by Town Clerk if related to the plan.

MBJ and Town Clerk to produce an update

· Art and Culture group updates

Abi and Cllr Jackson attend this group and will be the point of contact for the working group.

4 Updates on any funding opportunities

Discussion on potential funding from the LEP and Levelling Up Funding.

Once the Levelling Up Funding criteria is released JW will update the group.

It was agreed to invite David Rutley MP to a working group meeting to assist with funding.

Re-opening High Street fund being extended to end of June so that CE will be doing a repeat of their press adverts, videos for TC to promote via social media and mail shots to residents.

5 Next Steps/Actions including discussion what Covid Roadmap could mean for the plan.

– JW to update on criteria for levelling up and LEP funding

– All subgroups to meet

– Chewing gum campaign to be run by MTC (AS)

– MBJ and LS to update all on the mailing list

– Invite David Rutley to a Working Group Meeting.

6 Date of next meeting

30th March 2021 at 11.30am

Present:

Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield

Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council

Justine Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust

Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council

Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council

Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council

Jo Wise Cheshire East Council

Abi Sherratt Macclesfield Town Council

Dr Evi Girling Keele University

Apologies:

Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council

1. Membership

The group agreed to invite Aoife Middlemass to the working group as a member, who will represent CVS, who are the infrastructure organisation for the voluntary and community sector.

All members agreed to continue the group and to meet at least monthly.

2. Feedback from the Forum

Feedback from the forum has be overwhelmingly positive. There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm from the people of Macclesfield to get involved and make change. Social Media posts have been positive, and many attendees have emailed further ideas and suggestions.

The key now is to harness the enthusiasm and turn it into action in the plan.

2. Finalising and Endorsing the Plan

Matthew, Abi, Jo and Laura will meet 4th FEB to update the plan with all of the findings and suggestions from the online event.

The plan focuses on the shorter term ‘Covid’ recovery; however the event did show that there is enthusiasm for longer term recovery ideas. So, we will add those longer term suggestions to the plan in order to manage expectations and time scales.

We agreed each working group organisation should endorse the plan, with the understanding that this may be more complex for our CEC colleagues.

4. Next Steps and Taking Action

Laura to update all attendees of the Online Forum, thank them for their positive input and enthusiasm, and ask if they would like to be on a mailing list for updates.

Working group members will be added to the mailing list.

It was agreed to have subgroups that feed into the working group to take forward the actions.

• Communication – Abi Sherratt to lead

• Outdoor eating – Cllr Wilson and Jo Wise to lead.

• Community Response – Aoife, Emma and Liz to lead

• Environment – Cllr Mannion and Justine to work with MTC and Macctastic – focusing on the Eco Summit in May.

Each group with update the working group meetings

5. Resources and Funding Bids

It was agreed for the Working Group to collaborate and work together on funding bids that relate to actions on the plan.

Cllr Wilson will work on a statement relating to funding.

6. Date of next meeting

9th FEB 11.30 – 12.30

Present:

Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums
Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield
Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council
Justine Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust
Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council
Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council
Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council
Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council
Jo Wise Cheshire East Council
Abi Sherratt Macclesfield Town Council
Dr Evi Girling Keele University
Professor Ian Loader Keele University

1. Welcome from Co/Chairs

Cllr Jackson welcomed and thanked the group for all their hard work to collect evidence with surveys and fact finding sessions. The minutes of the last meeting were agreed.
We welcomed Abi Sherratt, newly appointed Events and Communications Officer for Macclesfield Town Council.
We also welcomed Dr Evi Girling and Professor Ian Loader from Keele University who were observing the group and they will be conducting longer term surveys on Covid and safety in the new year.

2. MBJ led the next session, a working interactive session where we gathered all the evidence from the following and began to create actions for the plan
• Residents Survey – Cllr Braithwaite and JW
• Residents Fact-Finding session – Cllr Brathwaite and JG
• Business Surveys – JW and Cllr Braithwaite
• Retail Fact-Finding Session – Cllr Wilson
• Hospitality Fact-Finding Session – Cllr Mannion and MBJ
• Cultural and Digital Fact-Finding Session – Cllr Jackson and EA

3. Tasks Moving Forward

• 1 page Summary of the Survey Findings JW and Cllr Brathwaite
• Actions to be fitted in the plan – MBJ
• Look to arrange further Hospitality and Retail fact finding sessions- MBJ, Cllr Wilson, Cllr Mannion and LS.
• Organise and plan for a large focus group
• Proofread and create structured and accessible document of the plan and actions. AS
• Update MTC actions of what has been done during Covid and planned for the Christmas period – Cllr Wilson

4. Date of next meeting

Tuesday 1st December 2020 at 8.30 – 9.30am via zoo

Present:

Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums
Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield
Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council
Justine Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust
Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council
Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council
Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council
Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council
Jo Wise Cheshire East Council

Apologies

Michael Jones Local Retailer (PR Jones Jewellers)

1. Welcome from Co/Chairs

The Co-chairs welcomed the group and minutes of last meeting were agreed.

2. Initial Objectives

The group discussed and agreed updates to the Executive summary within the recovery plan. Once updated it will be publicised.

3. Update to the Baseline Information

Footfall data

Footfall data is on MTC website is showing a downward trend, however it was noted when compared with national footfall, the town centre was performing favourably. We aim to add a national comparison figure to the MTC data.

Update on vacant properties and what businesses are open in Macclesfield.

Vacant property research has been completed and showed a very stable amount of vacant properties. Although some properties are now vacant this has been offset of a take up of vacant premises by other businesses.
One key point was that it is hard to find information about vacant properties. e.g what is currently available, cost, planning class etc.

Collation and analysis of work in public realm and keeping the town safe and clean.

Cllr Mannion updated that the collection of examples of work that has been done and is planned to keep the town clean and an attractive place to visit, continues. Cllr Mannion will work with the Town Clerk, The MTC Ranger Service and Ansa to discuss further possible projects for the public realm.

Update on progression of Surveys and any initial feedback.

o Cllr Brathwaite has hand delivered around 200 surveys to local businesses.
o CEC and MTC have the links to both surveys on their respective websites
o Working Group members have circulated both residents survey and business survey far and wide, engaging many other organisations to gather evidence, and will continue to do promote.
o Engagement in the survey has been positive.
Returns so far:
o Approx. 70 Business surveys returned
o Approx. 300 Residents’ surveys returned.

4. Communication

Communication strategy

The group agreed to release the Executive Summary from the plan once updated.
Circulate and publicise the fact finding sessions and push the surveys again as we reach the end date of 31st October.
Draft a Communication timeline
Invite MTC Events and Communication Officer to the meetings once in post.

5. Fact Finding Sessions

Dates and format were agreed for the following sessions:
• Cultural and Digital
• Hospitality
• Residents
• Retail
To be publicised as soon as possible, with all data to be collated and feedback to the working group 23rd November 2020.

6. Tasks Moving Forward

• Update Executive Summary – MBJ
• Publicise, and communicate details of fact finding sessions – LS
• Flow chart produced of Principles and Objectives- MBJ and JW
• Communication timeline to be drafted – Cllr Wilson, JG and LS
• Collate survey results –quantitative data CEC team, qualitative data – Cllr Brathwaite and JW.

7. Date of next meeting

Thursday 12th November 8.30am – 9.30am Meet to debrief on fact finding sessions
held
Monday 23rd November 8.30am – Midday – Full working group meeting and collation of survey and fact finding session evidence.

Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Group Minutes 2nd October

Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group

Minutes of the meeting to be held on 2nd October 2020 2pm to 4pm

Present:

Emma Anderson                                                     Macclesfield Museums

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair)              Make it Macclesfield

Cllr Liz Brathwaite                                                   Cheshire East Council

Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair)                         Macclesfield Town Council (Chair)

Cllr Nick Mannion                                                    Cheshire East Council

Cllr Fiona Wilson                                                      Macclesfield Town Council

Laura Smith                                                              Macclesfield Town Council

Jo Wise                                                                    Cheshire East Council


Apologies

Michael Jones                                                         Local Retailer (PR Jones Jewellers)

Justine Gore                                                            Peaks and Plains Housing Trust 

1. Welcome from Co/Chairs

The Co-chairs welcomed the group and minutes of last meeting were agreed.

 

2. Initial Objectives

The group discussed the draft objectives presented by MBJ.

Additions were agreed around:

  • Public realm and environment e.g. promoting green spaces
  • Communication e.g. public health messages

MBJ will update

 3.  Update to the Baseline Information

  • Footfall data is now on MTC website in an accessible format
  • CEC footfall data was shared with the group, however, is not on CEC as they seek to make it accessible.
  • It was noted footfall in the town centre had been increasing until last week (week beginning Sep 21st, 2020) coinciding with a change in Govt guidelines and an increase in restrictions.

Update on vacant properties and what businesses are open in Macclesfield.

This is still in progress but near completion. Thank you to Cllr Edwardes for his invaluable contribution to this task.

Collation and analysis of work in public realm and keeping the town safe and clean.

Cllr Mannion updated that the collection of examples of work that has been done and is planned to keep the town clean and an attractive place to visit, continues. It also fed into the initial objectives discussion.

Update on progression of Surveys and any initial feedback.

  • Cllr Brathwaite has hand delivered around 200 surveys to local businesses.
  • CEC and MTC have the links to both surveys on their respective websites
  • Working Group members have circulated both residents survey and business survey far and wide, engaging many other organisations to gather evidence, and will continue to do promote.
  • Engagement in the survey has been positive.

Returns so far:

  • 40 Business surveys returned
  • 137 Residents’ surveys returned.

4.  Communication

Update on possible Funding

JW updated that they had a very positive meeting concerning the funding and would keep the group updated.

Communication strategy

The group agreed that communication is of paramount importance in contributing to the success for the recovery plan.

After a discussion, it was agreed, as MTC are imminently recruiting and Events and Communication Officer (Town Centre Manager) that they would lead the Communication strategy.

It needs to include:

  • Communication with Partners and Stakeholders
  • Social Media and digital communications
  • Communication for those who are digitally excluded or those who do not use social media

 5.  Forum

The group agreed to supplement the evidence from the surveys with sector specific sessions groups to gain further evidence.

The agreed sessions will be

  • Cultural and Digital
  • Hospitality
  • Residents
  • Retail

Criteria will be developed to establish attendance for each session, and there will be up to 10 places, on a first come first served basis.

2 members of the working group will facilitate each session.

The larger forum will take place once the results of the survey and the fact finding sessions are complete.

 6.  Tasks Moving Forward

  • Update plan – MBJ
  • Update for stakeholders – MBJ
  • Update on emerging survey findings – Cllr Brathwaite and JW
  • Produce plan for the sector specific fact finding sessions – LS
  • Structure of fact finding sessions – MBJ and LS

 7.  Date of next meeting

16th October 3pm – 4pm Meet to finalise details of fact finding sessions.

26th October 8.30am – 10.30am – Full working group meeting.

Macclesfield Town Centre Recovery Working Group Minutes

Minutes of the meeting to be held at 8.30am 10.30am on 10th September 2020

Present:

Emma Anderson Macclesfield Museums
Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson (Co – Chair) Make it Macclesfield
Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council
Justine​ Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust
Cllr Janet Jackson MBE (Co-Chair) Macclesfield Town Council (Chair)
Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council
Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council
Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council
Jo Wise Cheshire East Council


1.  Welcome from Co/Chairs

Cllr Janet Jackson MBE and Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson welcomed the group and thanked them for the input and work completed.
Group members agreed to publicise group members on MTC website.

2.  Structure of the Recovery Plan

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson presented a proposed structure for the recovery plan.

3.  Update to the Baseline Information

Update and presentation of the MTC and CEC response to Covid.
Update on footfall and collection on what properties are vacant in the town
Update and agreement on Business Confidence Survey and Residents survey.

4.  Initial Objectives

Members agreed to go through the High Street Task Force recovery plan prior to the next meeting with view to setting clear and realistic objectives as a priority.

5.  Tasks Moving Forward

  • Finalise the Structure
  • Go through High Street Task Force Objectives
  • Approval needed for surveys from CEC. Once approved surveys to be circulated by all members immediately.
  • Baseline data to be prepared and / or updated

–  Foot fall data in an accessible format, showing week on week, month and month and the same week with the previous year for comparison.
–  Update on vacant properties and what businesses are open in Macclesfield.
–  Collection of work in public realm and keeping the town safe and clean.
–  Start the collection of all the various events and reasons to visit the town centre.

6. Date of next meeting

The next meeting is set for 22nd September 2020 8.30am – 10.30 am via zoom.

Present:

Emma Anderson – Macclesfield Museums
Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson Make it Macclesfield
Cllr Liz Brathwaite Cheshire East Council
Justine Gore Peaks and Plains Housing Trust
Cllr Janet Jackson MBE Macclesfield Town Council (Chair)
Cllr Nick Mannion Cheshire East Council
Cllr Fiona Wilson Macclesfield Town Council
Laura Smith Macclesfield Town Council
Jo Wise Cheshire East Council

Apologies:

Nick Lewis Estates and Leisure

1. Welcome from Chair

Cllr Janet Jackson MBE welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked everyone for attending and giving their time and looked forward to a positive working experience.

2. Election of Chair / Co-Chair

It was agreed that the group should be Co-Chaired. Cllr Janet Jackson and Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson were selected for the positions for future meetings.

3. Background to the Working Group

Cllr Fiona Wilson, Macclesfield Town Council Town Centre and Regeneration Champion, shared with the group an overview of Macclesfield Town Council’s strategy and their response to Covid-19 including:
• The commitment to the Town Centre regeneration in the MTC Strategy.
• Substantial improvements to the public realm and an increase in Town Ranger
hours.
• Resource review of staff at the Town Council and the imminent recruitment of an
Events and Communication Officer (Town Centre Manager).
• Distribution of grants for local groups to help vulnerable residents.
• Holding virtual events including VE Day Celebrations and Barnaby Festival.
• Holding a focus group on 28th July 2020, to bring over 30 local stakeholders together
to begin discussions for recovery.
Cllr Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regeneration, informed the group of the initial work on a suggested recovery plan completed by Make it Macclesfield and the work that MTC led with the initial focus group in July, which has resulted in this working group coming together.
In response to Covid-19, CEC has distributed over £86,000,000 in business grants and has worked hard to ensure further discretionary grants were given to businesses who needed it most, which was a challenging process. CEC has also worked hard ensure social
distancing signage has been put around the town centre and welcome back banners to encourage the return and confidence of residents.

4. Terms of Reference

The group agreed to the Terms of Reference and also agreed to work to the Nolan
Principles also known as the Seven Principles of Public Life
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life–2

5. How we Measure Impact and Success

The group had an in-depth discussion about the different ways to measure the impact of the recovery of the town centre including:
• Footfall data (currently collected by MTC and CEC).
• Heatmap data (CEC will shortly have new data available).
• Survey of businesses / shops located in the town centre (MTC are currently completing this).
• Survey of businesses in the town centre.
• Survey of consumers and residents.
• Anecdotal case studies.
The group agreed on the need to establish a baseline and to remain flexible with our measurements and not to too prescriptive from the outset as there may be changes as the group continues.
The below actions were agreed to begin to establish the baseline.
Actions:
Cllr Wilson to produce a one page narrative of Macclesfield Town Council’s response to Covid- 19.
MBJ to produce a one page narrative on the previous history of the town centre regeneration, including Macclesfield Town Centre Strategic Regeneration Framework and other strategic documents such as the Macclesfield Town Council Strategy 2019 -2023.
Cllr Brathwaite and JW to produce a Business Confidence Survey and a Consumer Confidence Survey for the group to distribute.
A further action was agreed to publicise the group.
Action:
LS to draft a press release and share with all group members, with view to publicising within a week (taking note of the time needed for CEC to gain approval).

6. Additional Members/ Stakeholder Experts

The group discussed the benefit of additional members, and it was decided that a retail perspective was desired, and that further experts would be identified as the working group progressed.
Action:
LS to approach local retail business owners in the town centre with view to involving them in the working group either as a full-time member or an expert called upon for future meetings.

7. Date of Next Meeting

8.30am – 10.30am, 10th September via Zoom

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