Update on Marple Swimming Pool -
At the Area Committee last night, I read out the following statement -
"The Council is continuing the work on the feasibility of providing new leisure and community facilities in Marple following temporary closure of the pool earlier this year.
This work is looking at how we can develop new multi-purpose facilities which will meet the current and future needs of the constituents of Marple area. It includes assessing the scale of need, the demand in the local area, the costs and the viability of any new provision, based on modern facilities.
We are also keen to build a strong partnership with Sport England and Swim England to maximise any funding opportunities.
We recognise and welcome the active local interest in this project and expect to share the first stage of this feasibility work once it is completed later this Autumn. At that stage we will aim to speak to relevant interest groups and other stakeholders during November to guide us towards a further update by the end of the year."
I will continue my campaign and working with Council Officers to get a new leisure facility for Marple.
I am glad to finally see my proposal for the Street Poppies initiative to be extended to High Lane this year actually happen. A big thank you to those who worked on this from the British Legion and High Lane Residents Association. In particular those who put up 30 street poppies to remember those from High Lane who made the ultimate sacrifice and fell in the Great War. #100years #lestweforget #wewillremember
The A6 MARR Open Day last Sunday was a fantastic event which was attended by thousands of people. It was a great family day with lots to do for everyone and experience the new road before it opens to traffic. It was so successful I have asked Council Officers to look into making this an annual event and to close off the road one day during the summer and open it to the public, from walkers, families and cyclists. If you would like to see this happen, please complete the survey below.
I was pleased that the Marple Area Committee approved the application by the High Lane Allotments Association to make the Allotments an Asset of Community Value.
An ACV, once the nomination is accepted, allows local groups to be given time to come up with a bid for the asset when it is sold.
The right to bid only applies when an asset’s owner decides to dispose of it. There is no compulsion on the owner to sell it. The scheme does not give first refusal to the community group. It is not a community right to buy the asset, just to bid. This means that the local community bid may not be the successful one but it does give the ACV an added level of protection that it does not currently have.
At the Full Council meeting last Thursday, I asked the Council Leader if the Council were serious about helping Neighbourhood Forums develop their plans or just paying lip service to it? Cllr Ganotis assured me that the Council were serious about helping these forums and it is something I will continue to ensure happens.
I was also pleased to be confirmed as a member of the Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee at their AGM last Saturday.