Cheshire East Council has announced plans to transform an overgrown site near Macclesfield Bus Station into a new ‘pocket park’ for the town.
The new ‘pocket park’ or small garden, will repurpose the site of a former shop on the approach to Macclesfield Bus Station on Mill Street. The garden will feature a mix of seating, planting and paving.
Work on the site is scheduled to begin in autumn, with work to be carried out by the council’s environmental services company, Ansa, who will begin clearing the site of undergrowth.
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for regeneration, said:
As a Macclesfield resident, I am aware that this small corner of the bus station, and the Mill Street area, would benefit from some inventive landscaping. I am pleased that we are able to transform this into a garden area, with seating, and give the bus station approach a bit of a facelift.
“The land has been derelict for some time and detracts from the overall appearance of the town centre. I look forward to seeing this corner significantly enhanced and transformed into a ‘pocket park,’ bringing a disused asset into good use for our residents, in line with the Macclesfield town centre regeneration strategy agreed by the council last October.
“This will smarten up an important gateway to the town centre for many visitors, workers and shoppers who travel by bus, walk or drive passed this spot.”
Once overgrown weeds have been removed, landscapers commissioned by Cheshire East Council’s Macclesfield regeneration team will introduce Yorkstone paving, new railings, plants and tree to create the pocket park, as well as two new benches.