Stoke & Staffordshire

Stapeley Water Gardens to close after 45 years

The closure of a South Cheshire tourist attraction after more than 45 years has been described as "very sad".

Stapeley Water Gardens near Nantwich will shut before the new year, with the loss of dozens of jobs.

Managers have blamed a drop in sales and complications over site development plans.

Local councillor, Andrew Martin, said that he expected the land would be used for housing.

The site is a huge garden centre selling plants and equipment but it has also become a tourist attraction in its own right.

The firm said it aims to sell off its remaining stock in the run up to Christmas but added that the angling centre would not close and continue to trade as normal next year.

Mr Martin, who represents Stapeley on Cheshire East Council, said: "It is very sad, there have been families and generations who've been to Stapeley.

"It's well known that planning permission has been obtained, I think for 140 or so houses."

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