Cheshire East Council is seeking the views of residents on the transformative changes it has planned for South Park in Macclesfield.
The centrepiece of the planned improvements to South Park will be the redeveloped pavilion, which Macclesfield Town Council has committed to rebuilding. The pavilion will be at the heart of the park and become a true hub for the community.
South Park will be one of three pilot parks where Cheshire East Council is trialling new sustainable ecology management techniques, which include:
- allowing grass to grow longer;
- introducing grassland wildflowers; and
- replacing bedding planting with more sustainable perennial plants and meadow flowers
The vision of the masterplan for South Park is to enhance the park to make it a place where people and nature can thrive – to become a place where people feel safe, welcome and free from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and where they can connect and learn about the natural environment.
Councillor Mick Warren, chair of Cheshire East Council’s environment and communities committee, said: “The masterplan for South Park has a real focus on ecology, health and wellbeing and learning – all of which support the council’s corporate plan and environment strategy.
“We are delighted that the town council is committed to the development of the pavilion. It has long been recognised that the pavilion can provide much needed community facilities, and its development will naturally make the park feel a safer and more welcoming place.”
Developing this masterplan has been a fully collaborative effort involving councillors from Cheshire East Council and Macclesfield Town Council, in addition to members of South Park Bowling Club, Tatama Coffee, Macclesfield Wild Network and SPark South Park – a community interest company. The next stage is to take feedback from visitors and local residents.
The masterplan will be displayed at the parks’ entrances and people can also find out more information about the plan when they click on:
...on the parks and gardens in Cheshire East page on the council’s website.
The council is asking residents to send their feedback to:
Macclesfield Town Council also want your views about the pavilion. They request that respondents email the clerk:
Residents should also look out for forthcoming community engagement events at Treacle Market and in the park.