The next phase of Macclesfield’s regeneration has been revealed after Cheshire East Council confirmed plans to press ahead with a £1 million street enhancement scheme.
The project aims to deliver a range of improvements to the town’s retail core as well as key routes linking it to the proposed leisure-led scheme which includes restaurants and a cinema.
Focused around Castle Street, Exchange Street and upper Mill Street, the street enhancement scheme is set to start in 2017 and is part of the council’s desire to see the town “flourish” and benefit “residents, visitors and businesses”.
The council is aiming for a package of works which have a “creative element”, highlighting Macclesfield’s distinct identity as a silk town but also as one with a “strong, creative and entrepreneurial edge”.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council’s new leader (pictured), says: “This is further evidence of our commitment to the continuing regeneration of Macclesfield town centre and our desire to see businesses thrive and residents and visitors enjoying a vibrant, healthy and welcoming environment.
“It is about creating a sense of place that reflects our core objectives, to enable our residents to live well and for longer and to have a strong and resilient economy with supportive communities.”
Cllr Don Stockton, cabinet member for regeneration, adds: “This will help to attract people and business to the centre of Macclesfield and restore the town’s vibrant local economy.
“It is the next step in our strategy for the regeneration of this unique town and is based on evidence which suggests that investment in public realm has a positive economic impact in addition to the obvious environmental benefits.”