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Cumberland Drive / High
Waggon & Horses
/ Bay Leaf re-development
Hurst Lane wharf re-development
mill site re-development
Lowerhouse housing development
Hill fields On Watch!
See our wide variety of activities!
Forthcoming events - please join us, everyone very welcome!
Next meeting ...
Monday 20th November 2017
AGM followed by
All meetings now start at 7.30pm!
All winter meetings are held in the Community Centre, Ovenhouse
Lane, Bollington at 7.30pm.
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 an 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 November
AGM followed by ...
No evening meeting in December!
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.
Civic Society aims
Bollington is an historic place with a great history directly
linked to the industrial revolution. It contains countless buildings
and features of historical importance, some nationally important
many locally important, and others just interesting! And all this
is located in an area of outstanding beauty with great accessibility
for those who want to explore the area.
Bollington Civic Society is here to ensure that these assets are
looked after and preserved for us and future generations. Our key
- To promote high standards of planning and design;
- To educate the public in the geography, history, natural history
and architecture of Bollington;
- To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement
of features of historic and public interest.
Officers and Committee
Chairperson: Ken Edwards (email)
Joint Secretary: Chris Kettlety (email)
Treasurer: Barry Matthews
Committee: Ted Clunn, Philip
Warburton, Allan Wilson
A sub-committee chaired by Chris Kettlety is responsible to the
main committee for the management of the Discovery Centre .
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Civic Society activities
Your Civic Society is, or has been, involved in a number of important
aspects of Bollington life:
The Civic Society supported the development of the two Town Plans
in 2004 and 2008. The government have now brought in a scheme to
get every neighborhood to develop its own local plan and Bollington
is doing this by developing a Neighborhood Plan according to the
government's guidance. This activity has by law to be carried out
independently of the Town Council (though individual councillors
may still contribute) and the Civic Society is a participant to
the project. Public consultations will take place as part of the
development procedure and the finished plan has to be put to the
community in a referendum before it can be accepted by the borough
council, after which it becomes a legally binding part of the borough
Lowerhouse conservation area
After years of failed attempts to get the Lowerhouse area defined
as a Conservation Area, we are now trying to get the Bollington
Cross conservation area extended into Lowerhouse. This approach
is meeting with more success, and we hope to get a positive result
Lowerhouse development plans
The Civic Society were involved with the opposition to the proposed
housing development behind Lowerhouse mill. Please
see the page devoted to this.
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.
Redevelopment as a housing estate will be completed by late 2017.
See the page devoted to this.
Cumberland Drive development
We strongly contested the original planning applications and the
appeals made by H Cumberbirch &
Son Ltd against the rejection of their plans to build on the Red
Lion Inn car park at the top of High Street. Happily we won our
case and their first 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. However, the development
has been frustrated for several years firstly by the owners inability
to find a developer willing the take it on, then by a developer
who has gone out of business (2017). We are hoping another developer
will take it on and complete the development.
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 supposed to be going ahead. However, nothing has happened for
at least eight years, although the developer continues to assure
us that they "... will be starting soon."! A
page is devoted to this.
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 took place with the old Macclesfield
BC, but obtained no support. However, our intentions in this area
remain and will be pursued until CEC change their mind. (see above).
We have also discussed with CEC Highways their compliance with
Conservation Area guidelines while maintaining our roads.
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 Chairperson Sandra
Edwards who takes a special interest in planning matters for
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 Waterside 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 .
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.
The Discovery Centre is
maintained and manned during opening hours by volunteers. We are
always looking for volunteers!
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! (see next item below). They
continue to research the history of the town, its industries and
the people who made it what it is today. We have re-published
two of the well known books about Bollington and further publications
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
(completed early 2017) in order to make all the pictures available
to the public in a structured manner.
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 did much good
work over the years. In early 2013 the group decided they should
merge with a Macclesfield group
'go-lo' who took 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. Unfortunately the government
changed their mind about eco funding and withdrew the monies allocated
to this project and so, regrettably, the group has now folded.
However the toilet block, renamed Turner Lodge, was completed
by Bollington Initiative Trust and is now let to a commercial tenant.
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
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.
Bollington Civic Society
joins Civic Voice!
Civic Society is a founding member of Civic
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. This body
has been successful in raising the profile of civic societies and
the work that these bands of concerned volunteers do, and has gained
a position of influence so that the concerns of civic minded groups
like ours 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.