Why do we need a town council?
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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.
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