Why do we need a town coun­cil?

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

WE are always look­ing at ways of im­prov­ing the com­mu­nity ser­vice that our on air, web­site, and e-shots cur­rently give and you have an op­por­tu­nity to tell us what you think, good or bad about the ser­vices we pro­vide.

Sim­ply go on to our web­site, click the on line tab and from the drop down menu se­lect lis­tener panel. You will see com­ments that have al­ready been made and we would ap­pre­ci­ate it if you would take a lit­tle time to let us know what your thoughts are.

We can’t always guar­an­tee we can do ev­ery­thing sug­gested but we will im­ple­ment new ideas if at all pos­si­ble.

Of course our web­site pro­vides much more – you can tell us about all the events you are plan­ning lo­cally and send us news or press re­leases that de­tail what lo­cal peo­ple, clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ties are do­ing in the com­mu­nity.

We are more than happy to put de­tails in to the what’s on and news sec­tions of the web­site.

We also give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to come on to one of our shows to talk about what they are do­ing in the com­mu­nity. If you would like to take up this op­por­tu­nity please call the of­fice on 01625 576689 or email of­fice@the thread.org.uk. SUM­MER might nearly be over but we’re keep­ing that sum­mer­time feel­ing go­ing ev­ery day with our love of great tunes and our plans for Septem­ber and be­yond, so stay tuned over the next few weeks!

This Bank Hol­i­day week­end saw great fun at the Poyn­ton Show and Triple­fest, where our team was out with Cheshire the Cat see­ing lots of friendly faces! There was so much fun for all the fam­ily with fan­tas­tic at­trac­tions, from vin­tage car dis­plays to amuse­ment rides and great mu­sic!

This is your last week to catch our Six Weeks of Sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion, with Ditchy at Break­fast giv­ing away six fam­ily passes to one lucky win­ner for tick­ets to amuse­ment venues such as the Seal­ife Cen­tre and Le­goland. Just be lis­ten­ing Fri­day morn­ing af­ter 8! And each Mon­day our team will be out in Cheshire hand­ing out free break­fast wraps cour­tesy of Sub­way – make sure you tell us you’re having a… happy mon­day! ‘YOU need a hobby away from the dogs,” said Mrs B, claim­ing I spend more time in­ter­act­ing with dogs than I do peo­ple. “It isn’t healthy, go and have some fun.”

With Mrs B’s words ring­ing in my ears I called in at Mac­cles­field Golf Club.

“We have a great of­fer at the mo­ment,” said the sec­re­tary, sens­ing my vul­ner­a­bil­ity to a deal. “Eigh­teen months’ golf for one year’s sub­scrip­tion.”

How could I re­sist? All that fun AND a bar­gain to boot.

I was signed up, sold and away home to an­nounce my new dog-free ac­tiv­ity.

‘So, when are you play­ing?” asked Mrs B, as I rushed around clean­ing golf shoes and dust­ing down my old clubs. “To­mor­row morn­ing.” “It will do you good.” I hadn’t played a com­pet­i­tive game for over 16 years so I was rather ner­vous.

I needn’t have been, ev­ery­one was ex­ceed­ingly friendly.

Mac­cles­field Golf Course is rather un­du­lat­ing and I was huff­ing and puff­ing along when I heard a diesel en­gine com­ing to­wards me. I swung around to see a full-size hos­pi­tal am­bu­lance fol­low­ing me down the fair­way.

I re­alise golf clubs must have health and safety pro­ce­dures but this seemed like overkill. I was only pant­ing. A sip of wa­ter and a sit down and I’d be fine.

Sud­denly the am­bu­lance stopped and two paramedics leapt out. I checked my pulse to of oth­ers to the pri­vate sec­tor are prob­a­bly some­where in your top 10 and I sus­pect turn­ing off the street lights will re­turn to public con­scious­ness come win­ter.

So, tell me this – what suc­cess have com­mu­ni­ties had fight­ing the green­belt is­sue? What hap­pened to the Brown­field First pol­icy? Par­ish coun­cils fought valiantly and were to­tally ig­nored. make sure I was still breath­ing. To my re­lief they sprinted straight past me.

Five min­utes later they reap­peared with some un­for­tu­nate mem­ber strapped to a stretcher.

“Fell in the bunker and broke his an­kle,” said his play­ing part­ner dis­mis­sively, as if he did it ev­ery week. I couldn’t

Fence Av­enue res­i­dents ex­hausted all routes to make their ob­jec­tions known to Cheshire East.

It made not a scrap of dif­fer­ence.

Com­mu­ni­ties hired lawyers and paid their own ex­penses to get their views across and the re­sult was…zilch.

The die was caste, de­ci­sions were made, deals were done and the views of lo­cal res­i­dents counted for nought.

Wilm­slow’s Adling­ton help feel­ing ner­vous. I’ve worked with so-called ‘dan­ger­ous dogs’ for over 15 years with­out in­ci­dent. One game of golf and am­bu­lances were fol­low­ing me around the course.

I dis­cussed the un­for­tu­nate event in the club­house with an­other mem­ber hop­ing for re­as­sur­ance. Road res­i­dents fought a bril­liant campaign with pre­cisely the same re­sult.

A protest group staged a mas­sive demon­stra­tion in Mac­cles­field to voice their ob­jec­tions to the new town cen­tre devel­op­ment.

Given the huge tsunami sweep­ing through the re­tail sec­tor, build­ing plans based on his­tor­i­cal chan­nels of dis­tri­bu­tion seem doomed to fail­ure. Re­sult – no change. When politi­cians don’t

“A bro­ken an­kle’s noth­ing,” he told me. “We’ve had play­ers drop down dead on the course.”

I stut­tered my apolo­gies and sprinted for the exit.

“Why are you hug­ging the dogs like you’re never go­ing to see them again?’ Mrs B asked as I left for my next game.

“Just in case I have too much fun.” ALL this de­bate about town coun­cils leaves me to­tally in­dif­fer­ent.

What are the most im­por­tant is­sues in your com­mu­nity?

I’m guess­ing in­va­sion of the green­belt will be high on your list.

The plan for town cen­tre devel­op­ment is al­ready an im­por­tant sub­ject in Mac­cles­field and will be so soon in Wilm­slow.

Clo­sure of es­sen­tial ser­vices and the trans­fer want to be blamed for push­ing through poli­cies re­jected by the com­mu­nity they ap­point ‘in­de­pen­dent’ in­spec­tors and get them to do it.

So what is there for town coun­cils to do?

Of course they can rep­re­sent the view of the res­i­dents but in re­al­ity no­body’s lis­ten­ing.

How suc­cess­ful have com­mu­ni­ties been fight­ing de­vel­op­ments so far?

I rest my case.

●● Mac­cles­field Golf Club

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