FRODSHAM businessman Paddy Bleakley has submitted a proposal to Cheshire West and Chester Council to renovate Frodsham’s Goods Shed.
His vision is to transform the neglected building into a unique destination venue, packed with talent and attitude, with a continuously changing calendar of events and a mix of galleries, cafe and bar. He sees the building as an iconic landmark from a bygone era that has gone unused for too long.
Mr Bleakley is behind the successful transformation of Kash 22 on Frodsham’s Church Street and has a proven track record of creating a thriving hospitality business, organising events, promoting local musicians and supporting the local community.
He sees the Goods Shed as an opportunity to stimulate the local economy, as seen around similar venues in Altrincham, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff and wants his home town to be a strong creative hub, not just a parking venue for commuters.
His proposal has been met with enthusiasm and support from Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury and Cheshire West and Chester (Frodsham Ward) councillor Lynn Riley.
Frodsham Town Councillors Liam Jones and Caroline Ashton thoroughly endorse the plan and have offered to help in any way possible to see it succeed.
Since formally submitting the proposal, Mr Bleakley has met with CW&C representatives and is currently awaiting a decision. The council had however already applied for planning permission to demolish the building, despite 73 per cent of respondents to their own pre-application consultation objecting.
Mr Bleakley is not alone in feeling the demolition of a historical building in a prominent conservation area is morally, socially and environmentally wrong. If demolished an important part of the town’s history will be lost, forever.
The council’s application (reference 18/03072/FUL) to demolish the building is currently in the formal consultation stage of planning and Mr Bleakley urges the local community to formally object to the proposal by contacting Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning department.
The Goods Shed needs extensive restoration, the cost of which will be privately funded. Mr Bleakley will be speaking with local traders about the works required to create a socially and environmentally conscious business. It is hoped that the physical restoration of the building will also provide opportunities for young people living in and around Frodsham to develop new skills.
Frodsham Life has received numerous letters and emails from people supporting the retention of the Goods Shed, several making the point that petitions and social media campaigns will carry no weight in the planning process and that what is needed are formal objections to the planning department at https://pa.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=neighbourComments&keyVal=PD19VUTEH4A00