Marple Leisure and Community Hub Project – update March 2021

In December 2020, GT3 Architects working on behalf of Stockport Council undertook a public engagement process on concept designs for a new leisure and community hub for Marple.

The exercise presented 3 potential options for the facility and residents were asked for their thoughts about:

  1. the proposed layout of facilities in the different options for the hub
  2. the proposed site location
  3. each of the three options presented and their preferred option

We were pleased to receive 385 responses to the engagement process. 70% of the responses were generally positive and in favour of the proposals. Just over half of the responses expressed a preference for option 3 which combined a number of health and community facilities along with the library and leisure centre and incorporated Hollins House into the scheme. Amongst the responses we received were many helpful suggestions and ideas which will help us further develop the scheme. A number of concerns were also raised which we will seek to address as the project progresses to the next stage. We will provide more detailed information on your feedback and how we have incorporated this into updated plans in due course.

A dedicated youth survey took place at the same time. This generated 60 responses from people within the area who are under the age of 25. This highlighted a preference in the potential new facility for a fitness offer (football being a popular choice), a community offer (areas to socialise and practise hobbies being the most suggested), and a children’s offer. For example; an external adventure play area and play equipment in the pool hall. We are working to see how these elements could be incorporated into the scheme which goes forward.

If you have any queries about the project, please email marplepoolproject@stockport.gov.uk