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Marple Wharf Update - December 2019

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Copy of a newsletter published by the Wharf Marple CIC on 19 December:

The Wharf Marple - December 2019 Update

Thank you all for your continued support on this exciting Community Project.
 
As you may be aware the Canal & River Trust - Church Street planning application, which includes our Wharf warehouse project, was refused at the Marple Area Committee meeting last Wednesday evening 11th Dec.

What this means for us
Unfortunately this means that the planned purchase of The Wharf building will be delayed into the new year. However, we remain very positive about our Wharf warehouse project and need to keep up our funding momentum.
We are confident that planning consent will be given in due course.
Good news: We did get Listed Building Consent for the warehouse building, which is a great step forward.
We shall report further when we have more information.

Fund raising
Our community fundraising continues to gain momentum and we are delighted to report that we have now reached c£110k of our £175k target.
We were also pleased to note that some of our investors, as well as doubling their original investment,  have been investing for family members as Christmas presents - What a great idea!
If you haven’t invested yet, there are still a few days before Xmas!
Lets see how close we can get to the target before the end of the year.
Forms can be downloaded via the link at the end of this update notice and dont forget you can also to take advantage of the tax relief and capital gains tax relief too.

Recent Wharf Events
Our two open days at the Wharf building have given local residents a good insight into the project and a chance to view the building close up. Also, our Wharf Team were on hand at the recent Winter Wonderland event in Marple Bridge. These events have resulted in lots of interest and many new investors.

Next Open Event
From talking to visitors at our open days we know that of some of you have questions about the scheme and in particular about our relationship with CRT/H2O and the adjacent development.
We want to give everyone the opportunity to ask any questions they may have and therefore we shall be holding a Q&A session early in the New Year.

We shall advise you all of this date soon after Christmas.

Big thanks
We would like to thank the Marple community for their excellent support so far this year and look forward to an exciting 2020.
We would also like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sue, Malcolm, Bob, Andy & Chris: The Wharf Marple CIC Directors

Marple Wharf Update - November 2019

Marple Wharf 1957The latest newsletter from Marple Civic Society is now available HERE.

Marple Wharf 1957

Key things covered include:

The latest on the Marple Wharf Project, including clarifying our support for the proposed use of the warehouse building as a visitor / recreation centre and cafe, but highlighting the fact that the current planning application includes unsuitable housing development which would crowd the site. As planning proposals cannot be split into parts to be considered separately the Society has raised objections.

Updates on Marple Pool and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, neither of which seem to be rushing forward but nonetheless need to be watched, together with a contribution from the Neighbourhood Forum on the key elements of the Marple Neighbourhood Plan.

Finally, a little road-sign teaser for you from the editor!

Marple Wharf Project (about)

The Wharf Marple Project

Local CIC set to save iconic Grade 2 listed Warehouse at Marple Wharf

Marple residents and heritage enthusiasts are being offered the chance to save an historically important canal side building and convert it to a community and heritage attraction. The building has been at risk of conversion to residential, but a new plan would renovate The Wharf to be a Community Café and Heritage Centre, with a much-needed health and well-being facility too.

Marple Wharf Project

The Community Investment Scheme has been put together by The Wharf Marple Community Interest Company (CIC), a social enterprise committed to acquiring, renovating and bringing back into use the well-known former warehouse exclusively for the Marple community. The scheme aims to raise up to £175,000 to purchase the building and people will be offered the chance to invest in the project by purchasing Investment Bonds starting at £100/Bond up to a maximum of £25,000.

The Wharf's historic location and story

Located at the junction of the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals, the Warehouse building was built around the time the canals were constructed in the early 1800s and sits between two Grade 1 Listed Roving Bridges. In its heyday the Warehouse would have been busy as a transshipment point particularly for goods to and from the neighbouring Historic England Listed, Lime Kilns.

Marple WharfAn image of Marple Wharf from the Virtual History Tour

The Wharf Marple Project seeks to tell the story of Marple’s industrial heritage and the significant part that Samuel Oldknow played in the town’s economic, social and cultural development. Oldknow was a prominent local industrialist, owner of the Mellor Mill and undoubtedly the chief architect and driving force in the development and industrialisation of Marple and the canals at the time.

A project led by local people to benefit the Marple community

The Wharf Marple CIC, whose Directors are local business people and heritage experts, have worked closely with CRT, many of Marple’s special interest groups and other stakeholders to develop a viable business plan which will secure the long term future of the Wharf building for the community.

Marple Wharf Project diagramThe vision for The Wharf Marple

The vision for The Wharf MarpleThe vision for The Wharf Marple

There has been widespread support for the plan from many organisations and individuals including, SMBC’s Conservation Officer, Mellor Archeological Trust, Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy Team, CRT’s development partner, Local Councillors, local business owners and many individuals and residents. As well as the Heritage Centre, cafe and shop on the Ground Floor, the First Floor will provide purpose designed studios for health & wellbeing groups such as Tai Chi, Pilates and Aikido.

Founder Director and Chair of The Wharf Marple CIC, Susan Ingham said:

    This plan has been a long time coming but now, thanks to the support we have received and the help from H2O Urban over the past 2 years, we will launch the Community Investment Scheme. It’s a great opportunity for people to be part of realising the long- awaited dream of saving the Wharf for Marple and in providing the much-needed new facilities for community use.”

As Heritage Director, Bob Humphrey-Taylor said:

    This is an important local heritage site which will sit well with the recently completed ‘Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy: Mellor Mill and The Peak Forest Canal in Marple’ project. It is vital that this piece of local history is allowed to flourish for the benefit of the local and wider communities. I am delighted to have been asked to be part of this visionary team.”

The Wharf Marple CIC held an open day at Marple Library on Saturday 3rd August, and will be holding other events in the future so that visitors can talk to the Directors and see more of the plans.

For more information about The Wharf Marple Project and how to invest go to the website www.thewharfmarple.co.uk where you can learn about the Directors and their ambitions for The Wharf, browse the detailed Business Plan and download the Investment Prospectus.

You can also like The Wharf Marple Project on Facebook

Marple Wharf Project (Meeting 25/9/19 & 2/10/19)

Marple Wharf

Marple Wharf Project Meeting 25th October

Heritage- Why Value it?
A talk on saving The Wharf

Wednesday 25th September 7pm.

Come along to Marple Library on Wednesday 25th -7pm to 8pm and find out how we are rescuing The Wharf for community use.

Bob Humphrey -Taylor, Heritage Director of The Wharf Marple CIC will talk about the Wharf and how the community can help to achieve our goal of bringing this iconic building back to life for the benefit of all.

Marple Wharf Project Meeting 2nd October

Understand your Investment, into the Marple Wharf Project, and Tax Benefits
If you would like to know more, please join the Investment Workshop at Marple Library on 2nd October from 7pm – 8pm (Access via Right Hand door)

Marple residents and heritage enthusiasts are being offered the chance to save an historically important canal side building and convert it to a community and heritage attraction. The building has been at risk of conversion to residential, but a new plan would renovate The Wharf to be a Community Café and Heritage Centre, with a much-needed health and well-being facility too.

Located at the junction of the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals, the Warehouse building was built around the time the canals were constructed in the early 1800s and sits between two Grade 1 Listed Roving Bridges. In its heyday the Warehouse would have been busy as a transshipment point particularly for goods to and from the neighbouring Historic England Listed, Lime Kilns.