Very interesting reading all of your comments and i aggree with most of them.
Having lived in manchester for the past four years in the city center, rusholme and burnage/levenshume i feel privaleged to have experience of both modern innercity and suburban living.
In my hopefully balenced perspective i see marple as a wonderfull place to live, we have many amenitys such as local shops, cinima, swimming pool and a theatre. I also think it is very valuble to our commuinity that Marple has its council/housing association estates which make it a more balenced place to live, especially for our children who will go to marple hall and meet kids from all walks of life, some of which will be disruptive and antisocial but this is healthy for young minds who hopefully will ask the question why? what aspects of our society lead to these problems?
As for the Jolly Sailor, well....our vision was to come up with a plan for the communitry to somehow buy the place for the good of Marple. A youth center, family entertainment venue, heritage center, tourist promotion, all are good ideas. Funny how as soon as we started to investigate the possibillitys we found out that mccarthy and stone wanted to knock the place down!
So here we are, several months down the line and at a critical point. Our rule 6 appeal statements need to be in by friday. This menas that theyhave to be sent on thusday morning therfoe leaving us till wednesday night to type them up. Me and about three/four other people are looking over the councils/mccarthy and stones stateents to see what we can say at the appeal but its not exacly been comming together very well. The statements can be obtained from the council in stockport (i think) and i have copys (but unfortunatly cant use a scanner to put them online).
Main issues appear to be: (taken from M&S appeal statments)
1) Whether or not the proposed access arrangment and car parking would be detrimental to highway safety. (dangerous junction, not enough carparking spaces etc)
2) Whether or not the proposed development would materially harm the amenitys of tge occupiers of existing adjacent residential properties
3) whether or not it is appropriate for the council to seek an element of affordable housing within the development of the site as proposed and if so, whether the appelent's failure to priovide such justifies a refusal of consent.
There are other issues, such as the general siutability of a maccarthy and stone development. It has been suggested that the document "retirement living - at its very best", which is produced by mccarthy and stone would be a good thing to pick over. We have tryed to do this, a google search found it for us a week or so ago but strangely since then all trace of it has dissapeared! Also, we cannot access mccarthy and stone sites from out pc! Perhaps just a strange coincidence...guess we'll never know!
Anyway, im really scared that we are not going to be able to make a good case for the appeal. I know that we have a good case, but its how we make it and provide evedence to back it up that i am worried about!
Anyone who has legal knowledge or knowledge about the process (water rat?) and anyone atall who is interesting in helping us on our final push can come to a meeting in the strawberry gardens pub in marple bridge (sorry its not in central marple!
'> on tuesday 1st october (tomorrow! sorry for short notice again!
'> at 7:30pm.
Ill going to try and post as much info as possible in the meantime and will set up a new disscussion page specifcly for the appeal.