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Andrew Stunell and Marple Lib Dems Call on Marple & Cheadle Sixth Form College to Think Again Over Sell-Off Plans

August 20, 2011 5:21 PM

Andrew Stunell & Lib Dem Marple Councillors Martin Candler and Shan Alexander call on Marple & Cheadle Sixth Form College to Think Again!

Marple's six local councillors have joined with local Lib Dem MP Andrew Stunell in calling on Marple College to think again over their plans to sell off the Hibbert Lane college site to the highest bidder.

The decision has caused local outrage, with a record turnout of residents at last month's Area Committee - which moved outside into the park so people could attend and have their say.

Cllr Martin Candler says: "I'm strongly backing Andrew's call for the college to think again. No planning application has been put in, and the land has not been sold, but there is a huge fear that they are aiming for a big retailer, perhaps Tesco, to move in. That would be completely wrong on a site that's always been set aside for community use."

Cllr Shan Alexander says: "Hibbert Lane is not in any way suitable for a big supermarket. The site access and traffic problems would be huge, disturbance to nearby residents would be high, and of course it would have a very serious impact on Marple's existing shopping centre."

Now Andrew Stunell MP has written to the College Principal and the Chair of the College Corporation calling for an urgent rethink.

Mr Stunell said:

"Local residents and all six of our elected councillors are clear that selling the site to build a large supermarket is exactly the wrong way to go. We want the College to take a more responsible way forward in developing their facilities in Marple."

You can show your support for our fight to Get the College to Think Again by signing Andrew's petition here.