MAJOR plans are to be put in motion to build a new community centre in Cheadle.
The building would be built on under utilised land at Cheadle Recreation Ground off Tean Road.
Deputy mayor councillor Ron Locker said it had been agreed to explore all avenues in an attempt to bring the much needed facility, which would include a theatre, dance hall, sports changing room, meeting rooms and a host of other community uses which could include a cinema to the town.
Weddings and sporting facilities could also be catered for at the premises.
Mr Locker said the project would be community led to obtain grant funding.
Speaking at a press conference last week Mr Locker said: "The pending loss of Cheadle Council Offices means that this is the ideal time to bring proposals forward for a Cheadle Community Centre.
"We would like to see the council offices retained by the district council and would offer our support.
"However the council offices are not sustainable from a community aspect.
“A lot of thought has gone into this and it is felt that a new build with all the facilities would benefit the Cheadle community.
"The land would be available and leased from the town council. This is the way forward."
Mr Locker said the views of the community were now vital to the project to proceed.
The proposal won the support of Cheadle Town Council when it was debated at the authority's meeting on Monday night.
Councillors voted to support the idea of building the centre on the recreation ground and to take the proposal forward to a public meeting.
Councillor Garry Bentley said: "It would also be a good idea if the town council office was placed in the building and then the present premises could be used to make some money out of for the project."
Mr Locker added: "We want the community now involved immediately. Many groups have to go outside the town to hold events.
“If the facilities were available it would have numerous facilities for groups to meet more regularly.
Also car parking is a major problem at the start and end of the school day.
“We would have extra parking so parents could use this area to drop off and pick up their children from the nearby schools. This would make the area safer.
Councillor Peter Elkin said: "We are going to lose the day centre. We have got to help people.
“This building would have a host of facilities.
There is no better location than the land at the recreation ground for the building."
Councillor Ray Wood said that the community would be in charge of their own destiny.
He said: "This project ticks all the boxes for grant aid. We however need feedback from the community."
Councillor Neil Plant said: "This would be a modern building which would be available to all groups in the town."
Members of the community and local organisations are asked to give their comments to any member of Cheadle Town Council.
A public meeting will then be arranged in the town.