LETS BUILD ON WHAT WE HAVE

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AN En­hanced Lo­cal Ser­vice De­liv­ery Com­mit­tee is not a snappy ti­tle, but it would be the best way for­ward for lo­cal democ­racy in Mac­cles­field (un­der another ti­tle, please!).

The town is al­ready rep­re­sented on Cheshire East Coun­cil by 12 coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing all three main par­ties at the mo­ment, and they are paid a good ba­sic al­lowance to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the town and its res­i­dents.

I am sure that they have those in­ter­ests in mind at ev­ery meet­ing they at­tend and be­fore ev­ery vote they cast.

For bet­ter or for worse a tier of lo­cal govern­ment in Cheshire was done away with five years ago by order of the Labour Govern­ment. That re­or­gan­i­sa­tion put an end to plan­ning de­ci­sions be­ing taken in Mac­cles­field, and rein­tro­duc­ing another tier will not change that. Any of the op­tions would re­sult in the lo­cal body be­ing con­sul­tees only on plan­ning and high­ways mat­ters, with de­ci­sions be­ing made by Cheshire East coun­cil­lors only.

For a town like Mac­cles­field, with 40,000 elec­tors and a pop­u­la­tion in ex­cess of 50,000, a part-time parish or town clerk would not be enough to achieve any­thing, so a lo­cal bu­reau­cracy would de­velop with pen­sions to be paid for, as­sis­tants and of­fices to be paid for in ad­di­tion to the ex­perts in what­ever ser­vices they build up and the le­gal, per­son­nel and fi­nan­cial ex­per­tise. And for all that it would not be joined up with where the de­ci­sions are taken.

So let’s build on what we’ve got: the en­thu­si­asm of the Make It Mac­cles­field or­gan­i­sa­tion run by lo­cals that has brought us the Trea­cle Mar­ket, Barn­aby, and Busi­ness Break­fasts at­tended by any­body who wants to have a say on im­por­tant lo­cal ini­tia­tives and is­sues.

And let’s stick with our sin­gle-tier Cheshire East Coun­cil­lors so you know where to go when there is a prob­lem or com­plaint to be made. David Freear For­mer County Coun­cil­lor for Bro­ken Cross

LEST WE FOR­GET OUR HE­ROES

AS we em­bark upon the an­niver­sary of the First World War I would like to con­grat­u­late all the com­mu­nity groups, schools and in­di­vid­u­als who are do­ing some­thing to com­mem­o­rate it.

It’s won­der­ful to see young chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar get­ting in­volved. The First World War and the peo­ple who fought in it are so far re­moved from the chil­dren of to­day it is easy to un­der­stand why they may have dif­fi­culty recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of the event.

It is also nice to see the Mac­cles­field War Graves Project (Mac­cles­field Ex­press, July 23) are tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the state of the graves, although it is very sad that they have not been kept up.

Some of the graves are in a ter­ri­ble state, to think that they are the fi­nal rest­ing place of men who gave their lives is very sad.

Of course I un­der­stand that fam­i­lies move away and are no longer able to at­tend their rel­a­tives’ graves and to have a group of in­di­vid­u­als who are pre­pared to take on that re­spon­si­bil­ity is won­der­ful, I just hope that this group will not fade away like so many other good will groups. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

SIZE MAT­TERS ON THE ROADS

PLEASE con­vey my apolo­gies to the white van driver at the junc­tion of Chester Road and Ch­ester­gate traf­fic lights on July 24 around 1pm for de­lay­ing his jour­ney by al­most two sec­onds.

I now re­alise he was prob­a­bly on his way to work, which was more im­por­tant than my life.

The rea­son I stopped in the mid­dle of the junc­tion when cross­ing on my cy­cle from King Edward Sreet to­wards Chester Road was, as he will have clearly ob­served, that two cars cut­ting across my path caused me to break hastily.

The first one was not too danger­ous, just thought­less. How­ever, the fol­low­ing car, a miniCooper, forced me to come to a com­plete stop, al­most throw­ing me into her car.

I ap­pre­ci­ate I should have im­me­di­ately re­mounted my bike and ac­cel­er­ated to safety, but in­stead I ges­tic­u­lated to the driver con­cerned. Please for­give me! While I am also a ve­hi­cle li­cence holder, and was wear­ing a safety hel­met and a bright orange top, cross­ing when on green, I now ap­pre­ci­ate that even though I had right-of-way, I was only a cy­clist. In the UK, un­like many other coun­tries that en­cour­age cy­cling, cy­clists must al­ways give way to cars re­gard­less of their right-of-way…. a bit like In­dia, where size takes pri­or­ity, eg; ele­phants and lor­ries over cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

Of course there are id­i­otic cy­clists and I be­rate any of them cy­cling on pave­ments or skip­ping red lights, but there are also many more id­i­otic mo­torists (lorry and bus driv­ers ex­cepted as they tend to give cy­clists suf­fi­cient space ).

Of course, there can

only be one loser in the con­tin­u­ous ‘War on the Roads’ – the cy­clist ! Mal­colm Maginn Marigold Close Mac­cles­field

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