VOLUNTEERS who are running Cheadle's Discovery and Visitor Centre have welcomed the news that Cheadle could potentially have a new community centre.
John Smith and Michael Plant, speaking on behalf of the Cheadle Civic Heritage Trust, which is currently involved in the running of the centre based at Lulworth House in Cheadle's High Street, said: "It was with great interest we read the report last week (Wednesday, October 23) regarding the potential new community centre in Cheadle.
"Since July this year we, as part of the Cheadle Civic Heritage Trust, have been running the Cheadle Discovery and Visitor Centre from Lulworth House in the High Street.
"Lulworth House has a central location which has attracted, and still attracts, visitors from not only the local area, but from all over the country and world.
"It has recently hosted exhibitions and events based around Cheadle's mining heritage, tape industry, the workhouse, the local railway, local myths and monuments.
"The Discovery Centre proudly has an open door policy for local groups, to advertise and host exhibitions.
"Of national importance at Lulworth House is a new selection of Hardman exhibits.
"The Hardman Company was founded by John Hardman and produced metalwork and stained glass windows to AWN Pugin's designs.
"The exhibits have been kindly lent to the Discovery Centre by Mr. Neil Phillips; their custodian.
These exhibits along with Pugin's St. Giles are helping to generate tourism in the town, which arguably is key to Cheadle's future.
"Providing community space is an admirable cause and we wish the local council's project well, we look forward to its development."