Local young people set to transform town underpass as part of The Prince’s Trust Programme

Young people from Macclesfield on a Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service led Prince’s Trust Programme are taking on what is to be the largest community project every completed by a team.

The team of 11 are will be transforming the Middlewood Way underpass in the town, starting on July 3, and want to make it more appealing for residents and shoppers to walk through. This will form part of the 12 week programme

To enable them to complete the  project they are looking for help from local groups and residents and they are also appealing to local businesses to provide materials such as paint, plants and wood.

Working with landowners Tesco and Macclesfield Town Council, the team are also raising money themselves to complete the project and will be bag packing in Morrisions in Buxton prior to starting the plan which also includes planting an area between the underpass and foot bridge and providing a seating area. They will also clear undergrowth, create a piece of artwork, repaint the footbridge and repaint the walls of the underpass.

Josie Shearman is the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust Project Manager who will be overseeing the project. She said: “This is a massive and really ambitious project for the young people to undertake. It was their idea to do something with the area that as present looks really dark and dismal. Hopefully with their hard work and determination, and the help of the Town Council and other community groups they will get it looking brighter and it will be a nicer place for people to walk thorough.

“We would ask that if any companies would be able to help by supplying some masonry paint, plants, wood or other materials to please get in touch with me for a chat as we are literally doing this project on a shoe-string and using donations from the bag pack.”

The team are on a 12 week Prince’s Trust Programme and need to do this project as part of the programme, which will help them to learn about budgeting and financial planning, managing a schedule of work and working together as a team.

Helena Gowler, Community Engagement Officer for Macclesfield Town Council said: “Macclesfield Town Council is delighted to be supporting the Macclesfield Prince’s Trust team. The Middlewood Way project is going to benefit a lot of people and will help to make the area one to really be enjoyed. Myself and the Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Adam Schofield went along to meet the team during their first week and we are excited to see their progress over the course of the project.

For more information or if anyone can help the young people with this project then please phone Assistant Programme Manager David Pegram on 07919 166910 or Josie Shearman on 01606 868870.