Town centre public realm works

Local people have shown a strong desire for town centre environmental improvements and the green light has been given to proposals to boost Macclesfield town centre as Cheshire East Council are now seeking a contractor for new public realm works to enhance Castle Street.

The approved designs (PDF, 714KB) show widened footways to facilitate ‘alfresco’ outdoor eating areas and give greater priority to pedestrians, high quality paving and new street furniture and lighting and creative elements, such as bespoke text art along the kerbline. The aim is to transform the street.

Although severely constrained due to the number of utility services supplying this area, some tree planting is also proposed to introduce more greenery into the town centre as part of the £1.4m scheme.

Together with the recently opened TK Maxx on Castle Street and the recent granting of planning permission for the change of use of the Picturedrome on Chestergate to an Altrincham Market-style venue for artisan food stalls and refreshments, it is hoped this work will encourage further investment in neighbouring private property, such as Craven House.

Castle Street, Macclesfield package of works