Marple Wharf Update - December 2019

Marple Wharf

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