January was buzzing with chat and e mails regarding the town centre redevelopment and the 16th saw the deadline for comments on the finalised proposals. Hope you put fingers to keyboard.
The loop feels passionately that the reinvigoration of Macc should respect the existing heritage of the town whilst introducing a new hub of contemporary cultural activity. This approach is nothing new but a tried and tested success story in the regeneration of many towns and cities across the country. We would like to take visiting friends to see things in Macc instead of heading to Leek, Buxton or
We were inspired to read David Nelson’s (Chairman of silk Heritage Trust) views in the Macc Express and his vision for a centre of national excellence in the the exhibiting of the superb collections and study of silk heritage, centred in the current Park Lane Buildings.
To compliment this, the The loop would like to see the current Heritage Centre building turned over to a vibrant arts and cultural ‘building’ : a venue for touring theatre, bands, dance etc. with first class gallery exhibition space and studio and workshops for the young people of Macc (and you and I ofcourse), something to do apart from always heading to the pub. Given our location in beautiful countryside with great transport links lets give people real reasons to visit the centre of this town instead of using it as a train station and spring board to more stimulating places nearby.
We really would love to hear your views on the creation of a MACC (Macc arts and cultural centre?). I for one would love to be sitting in a modern glass atrium extension to the old ‘Heritage centre’, feasting my eyes on a great touring exhibition, waiting to see a class national dance group, rather than sitting outside a fast food outlet in the proposed windswept square (this is Macc after all) waiting to take my place on a seat in the huge anonymous multiplex to see a film I can currently see anyway ……or is it just me?
Please leave your comments here. An energetic discussion about this has to be had. The council (the new one of course) cannot tackle the challenges of this town with the determination and vision that's needed if we don’t tell them what we want can they?