Macclesfield capital projects

As Cheshire East’s second largest borough, Macclesfield is a key focus for regeneration activity. There are a number of initiatives already underway in and around the town centre, and the Council is investing in an extensive programme of activity in the area.

The ‘Waters’ Project - Waters Green Underpass and Middlewood Way

The Waters Green Underpass and Middlewood Way area is a heavily used thoroughfare for pedestrians for access to, and from the town, from several areas of Macclesfield. It has suffered from many years of neglect and the standard has deteriorated. This has resulted in the area becoming a crime ‘hot spot’.

A regeneration project has now been completed that has upgraded, safeguarded and sustained the quality for the future.

Waters Green UnderpassThe objectives were to reduce crime in the area, increase security and in turn footfall in the area, to significantly increase lighting and encourage access through the area at night time.

This has created a lighter, more attractive environment for the public that in turn addresses the ‘broken window theory’ and discourage crime in the area.

The scheme creates and supports an environmentally sustainable and friendly environment, a safer and more secure public space and helps prevent the continued decline of Network Rail/Macclesfield assets.

All of these objectives have been met through works that have included:

  • painting and restoration of the Network Rail bridges (including contribution from Network Rail)
  • graffiti removal
  • significant soft and hard landscaping works completed
  • installation of 2 new CCTV cameras and relevant infrastructure
  • deep cleaning
  • restoration of all street furniture
  • lanterns LED upgrading
  • successful bid of £5,000 from the Police Commissioner’s Crime Fund
  • the installation of a public art scheme
  • visually impactful ‘creative’ programmable lighting

Public feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with people enjoying the lighting, artwork and saying that they feel much safer there than previously.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiativeTesco Bags of Help logo

"The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects. Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco's 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The 'Waters' Project in Macclesfield came 2nd in the public vote at Macclesfield Tesco stores in March and was awarded £10,000 to improve the landscaping along the Middlewood Way!"

Sparrow Park regeneration project

Photo credit - Irene LeaMacclesfield’s Sparrow Park is an historic town centre park, located behind the Town Hall on Bunker Hill. It historically offered panoramic views across Macclesfield to the Peak District and is an attractive space for the public to sit, rest, and socialise. It is also one of very few green spaces within the town centre.

The environment within the park had deteriorated and been subject to vandalism and crime. It has now been upgraded to safeguard and sustain the quality for the future. The objectives of this project were to restore a historic town centre park to its former glory, create an attractive town centre green space that will attract the public and increase use, enhance the natural environment within the Town Centre, decrease vandalism and anti-social behaviour, encourage evening use and to attract nature into the park.

All of these objectives have been met through works that have included:

  • deep cleaning
  • the restoration of setts/cobbles that had been damaged
  • the refurbishment of the existing street furniture
  • painting of all railings and gates of the park
  • enhanced landscape improvements
  • lighting improvements – upgrading lanterns and the installation of ‘cherry lights in three trees’
  • the reinstallation of the CCTV camera to protect the park
  • the removal of three trees, pruning of a further three and landscaping improvements from the adjacent embankment to restore the panoramic views from the park
  • significant landscaping improvements in six bays to incorporate wildflower meadows to encourage bumblebees and butterflies
  • worked with Macclesfield RSPB to attract nature and wildlife into the park (e.g. bird, owl and bat boxes)
  • worked with the Barnaby festival to feature an art installation by artist Hannah Imlach for Barnaby 2016

Public feedback of the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive as a result of the enhancement of the area – in particular the lighting.

Shop front grant scheme


In 2014, the Council delivered Phase One of the Macclesfield Shop Front Grant Improvement Scheme which concentrated on the areas of Chestergate and Market Place in Macclesfield town centre. The Council funded decorating works for individual shop fronts, provided that owners of the property funded any necessary building works.

The scheme was hugely successful with over 35 properties smartened up as a result of the scheme. This project was a good example of the Council working with local businesses to deliver improvements to the town centre which will not only benefit individual businesses, but will also help to benefit the wider business and local community by improvement the town centre environment, helping to encourage footfall in the town centre.

The Council has now rolled out Phase Two, focusing on Lower Mill Street, Park Green, Queen Victoria Street, part of Park Lane, Samuel Street, Roe Street and Duke Street. It has been identified that many of the shops in these areas are suffering from minor neglect, some requiring repair work to be carried out, others just the decorating.