Council contractors deliver early Christmas present for Chappell Centre

December 9, 2014

Management and users of a Congleton community centre in Leek Road, have received an early Christmas present – a resurfaced car park at no cost.

Cheshire East Council contractors Ringway Jacobs, together with supply chain partner S Dodgson Ltd., carried out an SOS operation on learning that the Chappell Centre could not afford to pay for the re-surfacing work.

The contractors carried out the work free of charge as part of their Social Responsibility Programme.

The 450 square metre car park was cratered and hazardous to pedestrians. New drainage was put in over two days and res-surfacing took another two days.

The Rev. David Taylor, Rector of Congleton and a trustee of the Chappell Centre, said:

“We are absolutely delighted.  It came as a surprise to us and the whole project was completed in little more than a weekend.

“We just could not afford to get the car park done ourselves and it had become pot-holed and a bit hazardous.”
Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader Cheshire East Council and a Congleton town councillor said:  “We were only too pleased to help. The centre simply did not have the funds available and it was vitally important that people could use the centre in safety.

“The car park was in a shocking state.”

The car park has 15 spaces and will enable users of the Chappell Centre and the Village Hall next door to access the facility without the risk of damage to vehicles or accidents on foot.

The Chappell Centre is named after Miss Elaine Chappell who left a substantial legacy to Congleton parish in 2008. It contains audio visual and Internet facilities and is designed to complement the facilities at the Village Hall and nearby Old School Community Centre.