NOT GO­ING OFF THE RAILS...

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

I WAS shocked to dis­cover that Hollins View might well be closed. I am not sure why ex­actly as it pro­vides a mar­vel­lous ser­vice to many lo­cal peo­ple, both res­i­dents and car­ers.

I worked at Hollins View as a vol­un­teer for a cou­ple of years and never ceased to be im­pressed by the ded­i­ca­tion and care of the staff.

I have read in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press that the coun­cil seems to think that Hollins View is a de­men­tia unit. This is not cor­rect. Hollins View does have the odd per­son stay­ing there that has de­men­tia but the ma­jor­ity of its clien­tele are peo­ple who are in need of ac­com­mo­da­tion while their car­ers take a break, or peo­ple who re­quire fur­ther care having been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal be­fore re­turn­ing to their homes.

Not all the peo­ple who spend time at Hollins View are el­derly. There are quite a few younger adults with learn­ing difficulties who have pe­ri­ods of respite there.

Hollins View has 40 beds; 30 are fi­nanced by So­cial Ser­vices and 10 by In­ter­me­di­ate Care. Th­ese beds are always full, which demon­strates the de­mand. Where will peo­ple go if Hollins View closes?

For once I agree with Vic Bar­low when he states that he sus­pects that the clo­sure of Hollins View is a cost-cut­ting ex­er­cise dis­guised as seek­ing bet­ter care for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple – ie: in the pri­vate sec­tor.

I would like to know why there has been no pub­lic­ity or con­sul­ta­tion with peo­ple in Mac­cles­field.

I also read in last week’s pa­per that Coun Jeuda had been asked not to visit Hollins View un­til a briefing was pro­duced for coun­cil mem­bers. Coun Jeuda should have been en­ti­tled to visit, un­fet­tered, as Hollins View is in her ward.

I would like to call on Coun Jones to state clearly through your news­pa­per what is go­ing on. He is an elected mem­ber who should be rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field. It is, af­ter all, our amenity paid for with our money. Carolyn Ryalls Ver­non Street Mac­cles­field

DEMO­CRATIC FRAME­WORK

I WAS de­lighted to see the re­sults of the vote on the gover­nance of Mac­cles­field pub­lished last week. There was a clear ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents who voted, choos­ing a sin­gle town coun­cil to gov­ern the town.

This clearly recog­nises that Mac­cles­field is a uni­fied com­mu­nity de­serv­ing of its own elected rep­re­sen­ta­tion which is the priv­i­lege of ev­ery other town in Cheshire East. There was also a clear re­jec­tion by res­i­dents who voted of a Cheshire East ap­pointed com­mit­tee to run the town, which ex­pressed the wish of Mac­cles­field res­i­dents to have an in­de­pen­dent demo­cratic voice.

We now want a clear timetable of ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion mak­ing pub­lished by Cheshire East Bor­ough to en­sure the rapid choice of prospec­tive can­di­dates so elec­tions can be held in May 2015.

A demo­crat­i­cally elected town coun­cil work­ing in a strong part­ner­ship with Cheshire East will be able to cre­ate a neigh­bour plan for the town em­brac­ing the good work al­ready be­ing done in pro­duc­ing a town cen­tre strat­egy and a her­itage strat­egy. The newly formed town coun­cil will also be able to work with other bod­ies such as Make It Mac­cles­field and the Silk Her­itage Trust as well as sup­port­ing vol­un­tary group work­ing on be­half of the com­mu­nity.

The town’s res­i­dents will, at last, have a pow­er­ful in­de­pen­dent demo­cratic frame­work for ar­tic­u­lat­ing the town’s needs and en­sur­ing that those needs are met over time. Ken Ed­wards Coun­cil­lor for Mac­cles­field Town Cen­tre ward

SHOCK OVER AP­PLE STORY

I WAS very sur­prised to see your ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the fact that there were no English ap­ples avail­able at the Tesco store in Mac­cles­field. As a lo­cal com­mu­nity it is vi­tal that we try to sup­port lo­cal traders, or at least those in Bri­tain.

I would think that a ‘lo­cally-sourced’ sec­tion in our su­per­mar­kets would bring more peo­ple to the store, and so negate any ex­tra cost in­curred (strangely) of buy­ing in the lo­cal goods. Will we be see­ing this hap­pen though?

Prob­a­bly not, as cap­i­tal­ism guides the way the world works th­ese days rather than mak­ing sen­si­ble, eth­i­cal choices. I will be con­tin­u­ing to buy my fruit and veg from the lo­cal mar­ket, and would urge oth­ers to do the same. Name and ad­dress sup­plied I LOVE trav­el­ling by train, but it seems when I have an im­por­tant ap­point­ment and I need to be some­where on time, the pesky train is late. On Mon­day, I was stand­ing on the plat­form, ten min­utes early, wait­ing for the 07.31 train to Manch­ester Pic­cadilly to find it had been can­celled.

The next train ar­rived ten min­utes later which was great, but it ended up stop­ping on route for a good five min­utes. At this mo­ment, the con­duc­tor walked through the car­riage ask­ing for our tick­ets.

I se­ri­ously con­sid­ered having a rant and de­mand­ing a re­fund, but the calm and pa­tience of my fel­low pas­sen­gers had a won­der­ful, pos­i­tive ef­fect on me.

So I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all those men and women who were trav­el­ling to

Manch­ester that morn­ing. They taught me that all you need to do is ‘keep calm and chug­ger on’ and en­joy the ride. Deb­bie Kruger Mac­cles­field IT is good to see Mac­cles­field and North-East Cheshire do­ing well in re­cently se­cur­ing ma­jor in­vest­ment from the Gov­ern­ment’s Growth Deal, backed by Cheshire & War­ring­ton En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship.

The £20 mil­lion Life Sci­ence In­vest­ment Fund, se­cured as part of the Cheshire & War­ring­ton Growth Deal, will sup­port growth in life sciences at the Alder­ley Park sci­ence park and be­yond. It will also be in­stru­men­tal in en­cour­ag­ing new start ups and spin-outs, fol­low­ing As­traZeneca’s de­ci­sion to move its re­search and devel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ties to Cam­bridge.

As a mem­ber of the Alder­ley Park Task Force, I have been ac­tively work­ing with the Cheshire & War­ring­ton En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship, Cheshire East Coun­cil and Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ters to se­cure this im­por­tant fund­ing. This ini­tia­tive is a crit­i­cal pri­or­ity and builds on the life sci­ence her­itage in North-East Cheshire and Greater Manch­ester.

Fund­ing for the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road, which totals £16.4 mil­lion, is great news for the vil­lage. I have been cam­paign­ing with lo­cal Poyn­ton coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing Cllr Phil Hoy­land, and Cheshire East Coun­cil to make the case for the re­lief road for sev­eral years. The campaign has strong sup­port from lo­cal res­i­dents in Poyn­ton as the Re­lief Road would sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion and fur­ther im­prove the qual­ity of life in the vil­lage.

Cheshire & War­ring­ton En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship and Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ters pledged their sup­port for the 3 km Poyn­ton Re­lief Road, when they saw that it would not only ease con­ges­tion, but also im­prove the trans­port in­fra­struc­ture to Mac­cles­field and fur­ther ben­e­fit the area’s strong life sci­ence in­dus­try and en­tre­pre­neur­ial busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Re­cent pos­i­tive re­ports on de­mand for com­mer­cial prop­erty, in ar­eas such as Tyther­ing­ton Busi­ness Park, show that many lo­cal firms are ex­pand­ing and oth­ers are look­ing to lo­cate here.

The new Growth Deal fund­ing is a real boost for the lo­cal econ­omy and will cre­ate many new jobs.

●● Leo Deen protested about the lack of English ap­ples on sale

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