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It's time for Marple to engage with Council on New Community Hub

Stockport Council and GT3 Architects are holding a series of engagement events to help shape proposals for a new Leisure and Community Hub in Marple.

Last night (12 March) members of Friends of Marple Memorial Park, Marple Civic Society, Marple Neighbourhood Plan and the Scouts attended a “Marple Pool Visioning Session” for groups with links to Memorial Park to contribute our ideas and have our say on how this project should be shaped. It's now time for the whole community to do the same.

Marple Pool Visioning Session 12 March 2020
Friends of the Park volunteers at "Marple Pool Visioning Session" 12 March 2020

Drop-in sessions or have your say on-line

We would urge everyone who can to attend one of the drop-in sessions at Marple Library today, Friday 13th March 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm, or Wednesday 25 March 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm. There is no need to book, just drop in at any time during these sessions.

If you can't attend any of the sessions you can still contribute your ideas on-line at www.stockport.gov.uk/haveyoursay from today until Friday 27th March.

Working up our wish-list
Working up our wish-list - yours is needed too!

Our feedback from last night: THINK BIG!

The event wasn't what we were expecting – we thought we'd be shown a range of plans and asked to comment / give our ideas and say which designs we liked best. It wasn't like that at all. Don't expect to see any plans just yet. Instead, this is an opportunity to shape the project objectives and brief by telling the Council what you want from a new Community Hub in the centre of Marple.

This is an amazing opportunity and we would urge everyone to think BIG and embrace the idea of new Marple Leisure and Community Facilities in the centre of Marple that could potentially replace not only the library and the swimming pool but also most, if not all, of the tired and dilapidated buildings in Memorial Park. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we must get it right!

We've urged the council to contact Marple Hall School so that they can engage with younger people.

The mish-mash of buildings in Memorial Park now. What an opportunity!
The mish-mash of buildings in Memorial Park now. What an opportunity! 

We need a new outdoor play area too!

As Friends of the Park, we would also urge you to suggest that with a new Community Hub in the park our existing Infants and Junior Play Areas would be far too small. They are already full to overflowing on better days and we have plans to expand and improve them that we would love to tackle in partnership with the council and this project.

In our view it's also essential that we have new public toilets accessible to park users.

How would you like it to look?
How would you like it to look? Have your say!

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