Thursday, 25 April 2013

Notice of AGM and Speaker meeting 2013

AGM and Speaker Meeting - 
Tuesday 30th April at 3.00pm in Marple Library

We hope you will be able to join us for our AGM this coming Tuesday in Marple Library.

Members wishing to stand for committee or nominate another member can obtain forms by contacting:
Gillian Postill Telephone: 0161 427 1379 or email

The business meeting starts at 3pm. We will break for light refreshments at 3.30pm and then welcome two speakers from the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) who will talk about the canal projects which are part of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid "Revealing Oldknow's Legacy". 

This ambitious project includes work at the Marple Aqueduct, Lime Kilns and Mellor Mill Site. Increasing access, interpretation and community involvement are key aspects of the project. 

We hope to see you on Tuesday - family, friends and neighbours are welcome too.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Planning Application DC/052067 - 7 Station Road

The society's honorary architect has made the following response to this planning application on behalf of the society:

"The site at 7 Station Road houses an existing bungalow of an original design which has a character of its own but is in the style of the area.
This site is not large and considering the traffic build up at the adjacent lights the ability to enter and leave the site in a formal gear is essential.

The existing building is, though, in need of renovation which would help to lift the area. The proposal to demolish the existing garage and build a 3 bedroom dormer bungalow is a complete over development of the site. The whole of the front of the site to be a hard surface for parking and a minimum strip of garden to the rear offers little if any amenity space to the new building.
The main area of garden for the existing building to the side is to also be turned into parking.
This site does have the potential for development but we believe that the proposals in this application are not sympathetic to the area or the adjacent building. We would not be against total demolition and a suitable new build. A modern interesting design would give new interest before entering the conservation area of Station Road.
The scheme presented is neither modern nor a reflection on what is there. What is more (is that) it completely fills the site being inappropriate and over development of the site." 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Marple Area Committee Report 10th April 2013

A report on the Marple Area Committee meeting on the 10th April 2013 can be viewed here

For past reports see 'Marple Area Committee Reports' under NEWS ITEMS

Friday, 5 April 2013

Marple Heritage Project - Drop In Sessions to Invite Local Views

The Marple Heritage Project 'Revealing Oldknow's Legacy' is inviting local people to give their views at one of the two drop in sessions arranged on the following dates:      

                    Saturday 13th April in Market Street - 11am to 2pm

                    Tuesday 16th April in Marple Library - 3pm to 7pm                                                                                          

The project aims to reveal the physical heritage by excavating and conserving Mellor Mill complex, repairing and improving the visibility of Marple Aqueduct and conserving the Lime Kilns. Other works would include environmental enhancements to the canal corridor and Goyt Valley, interpretation at key heritage points using innovative digital technology and providing heritage training skills.

The project has received £45,000 of development funding from the Heritage  Lottery Fund (HLF), which is now being used to undertake    a series of vital studies and surveys to form the cornerstone of an ambitious £1.3 million plan to develop Marple as a key visitor attraction. 

Although the scheme is in its early stages, it is important to have community input by seeking the views of local people.

Do come along to find out more, ask questions and let us have your views and suggestions which will help to inform and steer the project forward.

See press release here