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Plans to boost community facilities in Tintwistle

A floodlit games area is part of an ambitious scheme to boost community facilities in Tintwistle.

The parish council wants to replace the ‘Green Hut’ building on Sexton Street with a community centre and transform the nearby tennis court into multi-purpose use.

Cllr Jill Crossland, a member of the Tintwistle Community Centre Project Team, is taking the lead role in trying to turn the tennis court into a multi-use games area.

The council has had a feasibility study carried out on the court to install a 3G surface, perimeter fencing, fully accessible pathway and floodlights for evening use from 6-9pm. 

Now they are urgently seeking external funding to provide it.

Giving Tintwistle a community centre has been on the cards for at least 20 years and cash from the sale of the former council building on Manchester Road will go towards it. 

The rest will hopefully come from National Lottery Reaching Communities funding, with the council currently putting together a first phase application.

Council chair Marianne Stevenson says getting villagers’ feedback on the kind of facilities they would like in the new building are essential to the application and the final design.

She said: “We want to make it a community building that will serve Tintwistle for decades for years to come. 

From informal conversations with residents we know that we need to make it as multi-purpose as possible.”

There will be a hall for indoor sports as well as a host of other activities, plus a kitchen and toilet.

The ‘Green Hut’ is the parish council’s headquarters and doubles up as a meeting place for village groups and activities, but its size makes large scale events impractical.

A community centre project group is working on all aspects of the project and reports back to the council every month, who says other aspects of planning are underway.

The council is asking villagers with ideas of what they would like to see in the new community centre to get in touch, either by picking up a survey form at Pixie Bakes or the Village Shop on New Road.

There are also online contact addresses and people can phone 07468 560299 between 10am and 2pm this Saturday (March 6) and on Saturdays March 13, 20 and 27 and April 3.

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LOOKING FORWARD: Members of Tintwistle Community Centre Project Group - parish councillors Marianne Stevenson, Tony Owens, Tom Wynne and Allan Dyer at the tennis court. 

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