The former Water Street School now know as the Water Street Centre is transferred to local community
After 6 years of hard work, the future of Water Street School in Bollington has been secured through a transfer of ownership from Cheshire East Council to Bollington Initiative Trust (BIT) – BIT is a community development trust and registered charity.
Will Spinks, Chair of BIT said:
“I am delighted we have now completed this transfer. The benefits to the community of Bollington will be immediate. We have granted a long-term lease to the Bollington Pre-School, giving them the security they need to plan for the future. We have also been able to provide a temporary home for the girl guides and brownies following the closure of the Bollington Methodist Church.”
Shirley Sugden, Chair of Bollington Pre-School, said:
“In 2012/13 Bollington Pre School faced an uncertain future, as the Methodist Church where we had been located was facing closure. It was at this time the Pre School first sought assistance from Bollington Initiative Trust and with their help and advice we moved into Water Street in that summer, without this, it would have undoubtedly closed.
Bollington Pre School has given this amazing old school building a purpose and with approximately 70 families from our local community sending their children to the Pre School each year. It is a vital resource for those families living in Bollington with young children. I know BIT have worked tirelessly over the last few years to secure this building for community use and in doing so have secured our Pre Schools future which we are absolutely delighted about.”
Bollington Town Council said:
“We warmly welcome the full transfer of the property in the Water Street School to the Bollington Initiative Trust so the Trust can develop the building for use by the local community. The Bollington Initiative Trust has had management responsibilities for many years and is now free to energetically pursue a policy which will retain this historic building for community use in our Town. We thank the Trust for the work they have done to date; their patient and now successful negotiation with Cheshire East and their continuing commitment to improving historic buildings for our community.”
Will Spinks added:
“The process of completing this transfer has been long and technically difficult. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks to all of those who have been involved particularly, one of our Trustees, Lester Humphreys, Bollington Town Council and Councillors Ken Edwards and Bill Livesey from Cheshire East. However, whilst the transfer is now complete, this is just the beginning. A campaign will now need to raise over £300k to do necessary maintenance and return the whole building to sustainable use.”
The Centre is already in daily use by a number of Bollington's community organisations and it is hoped that the transfer with the above investment will enable the building to reach its full potential as a key community asset.