Beswick residents urged to voice concerns about ‘community campus’ transformation project

By Matt Simpson

Residents interested in the transformation of the Beswick area are being invited to have their say on the proposal of a new ‘community campus’.

The project, led by the Manchester City Council as part of the continuing redevelopment of the area, will provide new leisure, education and employment opportunities for the community.

The consultation period gives interested parties a chance to learn more about the proposal and express their thoughts with a view to shaping the final masterplan.

Deputy Council leader Councillor Jim Battle said: “These are exciting proposals from which the community will see real benefits.

“We look forward to sharing the details with residents and other interested parties.”

The plans include a new leisure centre and swimming pool, expected to create many job opportunities while also attracting over 600 people daily.

A new sixth form college, providing educational prospects for 16-19 year olds in the community, will also be built ready to take on students in September 2013.

The proposal, supported by Manchester City FC among other professional sports groups, also contains plans to build a state-of-the-art sport research institute which will provide research and diagnostic facilities to a multitude of top athletes.

Improvements to the local shops and transport infrastructure have also been included.

In total, it is estimated that the Beswick Project Masterplan will create 195 jobs in the community and attract around 2,500 people to the Beswick and Openshaw West area on a daily basis.

The consultation period will run from Monday September 17 to Sunday October 28 and exhibition days and Q&A sessions will be run at the Beswick Library throughout.

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