ARAG Proposal For the MMU Site – Progress.
This post gives a progress report on the ARAG proposal for the MMU site. You can also see this information under “Developing the MMU Campus” and “ARAG proposal – progress” on the web site. We will endeavour to update this page as events take place.
The ARAG campaign for a Mixed Development Proposal For the Alsager MMU Site was launched on 1/8/2013.
You will recall the 4 part plan:
- Save the playing fields and sports facilities for the Community
- Retain the best educational buildings and create a University Technical College
- Create a Community Village appropriate for the elderly and disabled with a care and social hub.
- No more than 300 houses to be built on the Brownfield footprint and preserving the play area.
We have been working very hard in ARAG since then and the response from the Community has been tremendous. Here are some of the highlights:
- Our MP Fiona Bruce, is very committed and champions our proposal for a UTC in Alsager
- We have the support of more than 3,000 Residents and this is growing
- AFC Alsager, which runs 20 football teams in the Town, supports our proposals
- ARAG officers and Councillor Longhurst will meet with Fiona Bruce and Lord Baker in Parliament, to discuss the Alsager UTC proposal. Lord Baker leads the Baker Dearing Educational Trust which is is a charity dedicated to establishing a network of University Technical Colleges in England. It was founded by Lord Baker of Dorking and the late Lord Dearing.
- We have secured commitment and very strong support for the establishment of a UTC in Alsager from significant international Companies as well as from regional engineering firms.
- We have confirmed the continuing engagement of Staffordshire University in the proposal to establish a UTC in Alsager
Our approach to this project from the outset has been to establish strong and sustainable partnerships involving employers, the community and existing educational institutions in the region. The UTC in Alsager would be built upon solid foundations and would complement, not duplicate, existing educational provision and would seek to engage both local schools and South Cheshire College in a constructive enterprise.
Those of us who are engaged in making this happen see the establishment of the UTC in Alsager – together with the wider approach to the future use of the MMU site – as embracing both a creative vision for the Town as well as addressing the widely-agreed employment, education, training and infrastructural issues that face Alsager as a community.
In the coming weeks, it is to be hoped that our elected representatives will listen to the Community and support this campaign to get the best for our Community, the wider regional Community and, in particular, for Alsager children.
We can only make this happen together. Please continue to support the proposal and spread the word to your friends and neighbours.