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Monday 20th May 2013
Our members raise any Bollington matter for
All winter meetings are held in the Community Centre, Ovenhouse Lane, Bollington at 8.00pm.
Everyone is welcome to all our meetings - a small contribution is asked of non-members.
Finding it - Ovenhouse Lane is off Henshall Road and the Community Centre is the last building on the left at the far end. Plenty of parking. The Community Centre is almost next door to the Leisure Centre. Map.
We provide a very interesting line up of meetings for
you to participate in and enjoy!
Everyone is welcome to attend Civic Society meetings including non-members who will be asked to make a small voluntary contribution. This is redeemable against a subscription if you join on the night.
All members with email addresses are sent a reminder a few days before each meeting.
If you would also like a reminder please send
an email now and we will send you a memory jogger too.
The Society holds monthly meetings from September to May (but not in December) each year to provide maximum opportunities to discuss matters of direct concern to Bollington. If there is a particular subject you would like considered at a future meeting then please email the committee.
Monday 20th May
Bollington Matters - members' opportunity to raise any
matter for discussion.
Bollington Civic Society meets indoors from September to May
(but not December) each year. All our meetings are
open to non-members. Additional meetings, usually outdoor, are
arranged for summer evenings and weekends. Programme
Bollington Civic Society
joins Civic Voice!
Bollington Civic Society is pleased to join the new (17 April
launched with the support of Restoration presenter Griff Rhys Jones
to represent the interests of civic societies across the country
to government, national bodies and local councils. We hope this
body will be successful in raising the profile of civic societies
and the work that these bands of concerned volunteers do, and gain
a position of influence so that the concerns of civic minded groups
like ours will get a better hearing from government, local councils
and authorities in general. Our conservation areas, in particular,
are under threat from inappropriate developments, householder 'improvements'
and the general clutter of modern life such as too many road signs,
yellow lines and so on. We need a national body that can raise
awareness where it matters to get more consideration for the community
built into public decision making and to raise the public's awareness
of what they, the community, are at risk of losing.
APPG for Civic Societies
MP, David Rutley (on left in picture) was an inaugural member of
the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies which
met at Westminster for the first time on 1st November 2011.
group was instigated by Civic Voice's very active director, Tony
Burton (second from right) to ensure that there is a body of
MPs at Westminster who are fully briefed on civic matters and who
will be able to lead debates on civic matters and ensure that Commons
doesn't ignore the interests of the civic community.
Officers and Committee
Graham Hibbert was elected chairman at the 2012 AGM.
Chairman: Graham Hibbert
Vice Chairman: Chris Kettlety
Treasurer: Barry Matthews
Committee: Graham Barrow, Ted Clunn, Sandra Edwards
A sub-committee chaired by Graham Hibbert is responsible to the main committee for the management of the Discovery Centre.
Tim Boddington retired from the committee in November 2011 after
more than ten years as chairman or vice chairman.
Civic Society activities
Your Civic Society is involved in a number of important aspects of Bollington life:
mill site redevelopment
The Civic Society was commissioned by Bollington Town Council
to conduct a public consultation to determine what the community
would like to happen to this very large redundant industrial site.
See the page devoted to this.
Cumberland Drive development appeal
We strongly contested the appeal made by H Cumberbirch &
Son Ltd against the rejection of their plan to build on the Red
Lion car park. Happily we won our case and their appeal
was rejected. They subsequently submitted a further application
for four three story houses on Cumberland Drive. We contested
this at planning committee and won our case again. Unfortunately
we lost at the subsequent appeal. See
the page on this.
They consulted us about the site opposite the Red Lion. They subsequently
submitted an application answering all of our main comments and
we decided not to contest it. This was approved.
St John's Church
A plan was put to the Church authorities
by a local developer, Simply Group, and they agreed to sell
on that basis. The Civic Society was concerned on a number of matters
but since seeing the full plans and heard the developers intentions
we withdrew our objections. The full plans were approved and development
is going ahead. A
page is devoted to this.
The Civic Society supports and is involved in the further development
of the Town Plan. This is
particularly important in 2010 and on because of the imminent closure
of Kay Metzeler's Waterhouse Mill site (history).
We are acutely concerned about the future re-development of the
Bollington Tourism - Destination Bollington!
There were concerns that tourism was not developing sufficiently
well but that is now changing with the development outside the
Civic Society (although members are involved) of the Destination
Bollington project! Have
a look at the page.
Clarence footbridge over the canal
The Civic Society, represented by Graham Barrow, were at the forefront
of the campaign to construct the new footbridge over the canal
at Clarence Mill to enable canal users on the towpath to access
the mill, its businesses and facilities, particularly the café and
our own Discovery Centre,
and to enable those who live in and around the mill to access the
towpath and the Recreation Ground for their recreational purposes.
To break an impasse we even agreed to own the finished structure!
The opening of the bridge at the end of August 2009 has resulted
in very significant increases in the numbers of visitors to both
the café and the Discovery Centre. See
the bridge page for the full story.
The Discovery Centre Project
We developed a Discovery Centre at
Clarence Mill which opened on 14th May 2005. It is on the canal
side at Clarence Mill by the great generosity of the owners Clarence
Mill Properties Ltd. We obtained grants for its development from
the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cheshire Rural Recovery, Macclesfield
Borough Council, Bollington Town Council and other private donors.
It provides information and exhibitions designed to show the past,
present and future of Bollington, its industries and its people.
Historic Picture Collection
The Discovery Centre houses
the very popular historic picture collection which contains over
5,000 pictures of Bollington and its people going back well over
a century. This project began in the 1980s when the late Dr John
Coope MBE urged his patients to get out their old family albums
and lend him the pictures for copying. The collection was scanned
into digital images as part of the Discovery Centre project
in 2004/5 and we have been cataloguing the collection ever since
in order to make all the pictures available to the public in a
We continue to collect pictures and documents to be added to the
collection. The database went online in 2009 and can be accessed
at http://bollingtonphotos.co.uk/ .
Bollington Carbon Revolution project
This project was established in late 2006 and has done much good
work over the years. In early 2013 the group decided they should
merge with a Macclesfield group 'go-lo'.
'go-lo' have taken over the re-development of the toilet block
at the bottom of Shrigley Road, having been able to obtain the
resources necessary to carry out the work.
We are taking a closer interest in the changes that take place in the four Conservation Areas (CA) in Bollington. These are described in full on separate pages.
We were very pleased that Cllr Ken Edwards (Bollington Town Council)
supported the society with the specific responsibility for Conservation
Areas. One of his primary interests is in establishing a further
CA at Lowerhouse and discussions have been taking place with CEC.
We have also discussed with the CEC Highway Authority
their compliance with Conservation Area guidelines while maintaining
Development planning (ongoing)
We watch planning applications, discuss them with
those having an interest and make representations to Councilors
and CEC planners where we wish to challenge proposals. If you are
concerned about a proposal and would like to discuss it with the
Civic Society please email Vice Chairman Tim
Boddington who takes a special interest in planning matters
for the society.
History and heritage (ongoing)
A group of historians and their helpers have assembled a very
large collection of photographs showing Bollington and its population
through the past 100+ years - our oldest picture dates from about
1860, before the railway was built! They continue to research
the history of the town, its industries and the people who made
it what it is today. The Discovery Centre provides
public access to the collection for the first time. The collection
is also now available online - go to the Discovery Centre pages.
We have re-published two of the well known books about Bollington
and further publications are planned.
The Kerridge Ridge & Ingersley Vale Countryside & Heritage Project
The Society was involved in the historical survey which
formed an early part of this project. More on this.
We are also acutely interested in what development takes place
in the Vale. The KRIV project finished in summer 2010.
The Civic Society originally founded Bollington
Live! and has
remained as a sponsor since it became independent. The village
magazine is published three times each year and delivered free
to every home. Several of our members are involved in the
writing, editing, selling of advertising, and delivery of the
The Civic Society supports a Friends
of the Rec project to
create a footpath through Swinerood Wood between the canal towpath
opposite Clarence Mill and the Recreation
A number of other projects are in the backs of our minds but yet
to be formally launched. These include canal towpath refurbishment
and a Middlewood Way conservation area.
If you would like to be involved in any of these interests please email the chairman now telling me what you would like to know more about and I will introduce you to the relevant member.