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FEARS OVER CARE PLANS

MAY I ex­press my deep con­cern at Cheshire East’s plans to off-load its respite care ser­vices on to the pri­vate sec­tor.

I un­der­stand that this also means the future of Hollins View care home is un­der threat.

I’m the carer of an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and I sim­ply don’t know how my fam­ily and I would cope with­out this won­der­ful place.

All I would ask is that the coun­cil­lors mak­ing the de­ci­sion think how they would cope 24/7 as an el­derly per­son look­ing af­ter some­one with de­men­tia, get­ting no sleep for nights on end, having to be per­ma­nently vig­i­lant for days and weeks, be­ing sub­jected to anger from peo­ple they have loved all their life with the only sal­va­tion be­ing the thought of a few days respite pro­vided by the won­der­ful staff at Hollins View.

What alarms me most about this move is the lack of in­for­ma­tion. I haven’t even been no­ti­fied of any con­sul­ta­tion or meet­ings. I note the ‘PR spin’ tone of the coun­cil com­ments in last week’s Ex­press with sad­ness.

I’m not against pri­vati­sa­tion but would wel­come as­sur­ances on the cost, qual­ity and future lo­ca­tion of care. If this care were to be moved out of Mac­cles­field that would be im­pos­si­ble for me and other car­ers to cope with.

I hope the coun­cil­lors have thought long and hard about this de­ci­sion and are not just mak­ing it based purely on cost. Th­ese are peo­ple’s lives they are deal­ing with and th­ese are de­ci­sions not to be taken lightly. Con­cerned carer Mac­cles­field

DE­CLINE OF A VIL­LAGE

I WAS sad to read about the de­cline in visi­tors to Prest­bury Vil­lage.

It was our hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion when we were young chil­dren. We spent most of our sum­mer holidays go­ing there with other families just to pic­nic and pad­dle in the stream. We walked from Mac­cles­field cut­ting across the fields.

We could never af­ford holidays but we en­joyed Prest­bury just as much.

We still visit the vil­lage when I come to visit my rel­a­tives in Mac­cles­field. Mrs PM Jenk­ins (Nee Bow­ers)

PAY­ING MORE FOR LESS?

RE: A Par­ish Coun­cil for Mac­cles­field.

I note we are be­ing asked to vote in the ‘Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity Gover­nance Re­view’.

This gives us the chance to ei­ther have an ‘en­hanced lo­cal ser­vice de­liv­ery com­mit­tee’ or to have a town coun­cil, based ei­ther on the whole of Mac­cles­field or one per ward. What fool­ish non­sense is this? Where is the op­tion on the bal­lot pa­per for ‘none of the above’ and to have no ex­tra lay­ers of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, but just leave it as elected Cheshire East Bor­ough coun­cil­lors?

Why should we be asked to pay more in coun­cil tax when we have done away with the ex­pen­sive tier sys­tem of county/bor­ough and now have a uni­fied coun­cil in East Cheshire? Why im­port an­other layer of coun­cil­lors?

It is noth­ing to do with ‘more democ­racy’ and – firstly – has ev­ery­thing to do with having lots more un­nec­es­sary elected coun­cil­lors and an­other layer of ex­pen­sive bu­reau­cracy.

Se­condly, the re­ally ‘cun­ning plan’ here is for Cheshire East to de­volve re­spon­si­bil­ity for the likes of open spa­ces, al­lot­ments, cemetaries and any­thing else it can get away with to a town coun­cil, which will want to charge for th­ese ser­vices and add to your coun­cil tax bill. Philip Clark Mac­cles­field

SOLD TO HIGH­EST BID

“METHODIST Church sold to the high­est bid­der” (July 30)

I am sure that, like us, many of your read­ers will have been shocked and sad­dened to read of the sale of the Methodist Church in Bolling­ton to a mys­tery ‘bid­der’ for an undis­closed sum over the heads of the Bolling­ton Com­mu­nity Her­itage Trust, which had raised the ask­ing price to keep the church as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity, but was, it seems, ef­fec­tively ‘gazumped’ by an out­sider, with the ap­proval of the body which owns the church.

This body is not a hard­nosed prop­erty com­pany op­er­at­ing from some­where off­shore, but is none other than the Methodist Church Coun­cil.

We can only as­sume that the mys­tery bid­der also has a plan to keep the church for com­mu­nity use, but his/her plan is more at­trac­tive than the one pro­posed by the Her­itage Trust, as it is im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that the Methodist Coun­cil would sus­pend its moral prin­ci­ples and be tempted purely by a more lucrative com­mer­cial sale.

It is said that the Char­ity Com­mis­sion de­ter­mines the out­come as it re­quires the sale to be to the high­est bid­der. Does that mean that it would op­pose a sale to a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion – in this case the Her­itage Trust, the sort of or­gan­i­sa­tion, you imag­ine, it ex­ists to rep­re­sent, and one which has raised the ask­ing price. Once again the world’s turned up­side down. David and Jean Rans­ley

CRICKET CHAR­ITY A HIT

A BIG thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved in stag­ing the Bolling­ton Cricket Club char­ity match.

I at­tended with my fam­ily on Sun­day and had a great time in the sun­shine watch­ing some su­perb cricket, en­joyed a gor­geous burger and cream tea, won a tombola prize and met a very friendly Shaun Goater who had time for ev­ery­one.

Hope­fully lots of money was raised for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Trust. A mas­sive thank you too to the very kind teenager who gave away his tombola prize of a tram­po­line to my thrilled five-year-old son. All of THE turn-out for the vote on the town coun­cil was dis­ap­point­ing, though the lack of pub­lic­ity about it hardly helped to get the elec­tion into the public’s mind.

How­ever, we should at least be pleased that the vote was nearly dou­ble some of those for the lo­cal Po­lice Com­mis­sion­ers: for­tu­nately, the polls this week in the Mid­lands – un­der 10 per cent – made our vote in Mac­cles­field for a coun­cil look rather en­cour­ag­ing.

Since it is in­con­ceiv­able that a coun­cil can sim­ply ig­nore a vote, and thus ig­nore the will of the peo­ple – what­ever the low­ness of the vot­ing fig­ure – may we as­sume that plans are rapidly be­ing made by Cheshire East for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sin­gle Mac­cles­field coun­cil?

And may I re­spect­fully ask our MP and lo­cal in­flu­en­tial groups like Make It Mac­cles­field to en­sure that Cheshire East be­haves in the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner and, as with the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner elec­tions, moves for­ward ac­cord­ing to the re­sult of the vote taken?

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