£20m levelling up deal will fund new community hub for Marple
A £20m funding deal will secure the future of a new community hub for Marple, which will offer a pool, library, gym, community space and play park.
Council leader, Cllr Mark Hunter, said: “I’m delighted we have finally secured £20m worth of Capital Levelling Up monies towards The Marple Active Communities Hub. This is such great news for Marple and for Stockport.
“This will provide a much needed new leisure, health and community space for the borough – in the heart of Marple.
“I’m excited to see the health and economic benefits this hub will bring to Stockport along with community pride. This is just one example of where we have listened to the community and have taken action to provide a facility that local people have wanted in their area for a long time.”
The project will deliver a new swimming pool, library, fitness studio, community spaces and new cycling and walking routes. The hub is a long-standing ambition of the local community, since the former Marple Baths had to close five years ago.
Cllr Colin MacAlister, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “This hub is going to make a huge, positive impact on the prosperity, health and wellbeing of the residents of Marple and the borough. Marple has an older population but also has its share of social housing and is geographically isolated.
“This new hub will really help to address the increasing health inequalities in Marple, adding to people’s quality of life, living longer and better and provide fabulous new facilities for the community.”
In addition to delivering health and wellbeing benefits, the new complex will generate footfall and create jobs, attracting people back into Marple centre.
Importantly, the building will be made from sustainable materials and use the very latest low carbon and energy technology.
The project will also include improved cycle and walking routes linking the hub to the centre of Marple and the Memorial Park as well as improved parking provision.
The next steps will be to review the project details ready for submitting a planning application this year.