WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TALK­ING ABOUT

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

●● YOU have been telling us what they think about some of the sto­ries in last week’s Ex­press.

In re­sponse to the South Mac­cles­field Gate­way Plans... ●● ALIS­TAIR Cole: Can the coun­cil say that another Tesco is not wor­thy in Mac­cles­field with three al­ready in Macc? Another Mor­ri­son’s or an Asda.... please con­sider this. ●● SUE Bow­ers: So you’ll drive in from Con­gle­ton with lovely views of

IS THIS BEST USE OF MONEY?

MR Jones, leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, said ‘£25m is a lot of money to spend on im­prov­ing the road net­work in Mac­cles­field’. (Ex­press 22/14)

May I ask if this money is go­ing to be well spent?

The many im­prove­ments sug­gested, such as widen­ing Cum­ber­land Street, Hi­bel road junc­tions, Ivy Road, Park Lane, Churchill Way and Flower Pot junc­tions, would not be nec­es­sary if the Cheshire County Coun­cil plan of Oc­to­ber 1990 were adopted.

Build a by­pass from Knutsford Road, Gawsworth and the coun­try­side and the first sight you’ll have of Mac­cles­field will be a su­per­mar­ket! Stun­ning plan. ●● DANIEL Py­att: Are you be­ing se­ri­ous? If your re­ally go­ing to be of­fended by the sight a su­per­mar­ket when driv­ing into Mac­cles­field then take a another route. Bet you’ll be the first one in that store for your shop­ping.

●● RE­BECCA Jane Mills: Gawsworth Road, Con­gle­ton Road to Leek Road and also im­prove London Road so all lorry traf­fic has to use it.

Adding more traf­fic to Ox­ford Road and Ch­ester Road is an en­vi­ron­men­tal night­mare for th­ese res­i­dents. Where are the chil­dren who move into th­ese houses go­ing to go to school? There is al­ready a se­vere short­age of pri­mary school places on this side of town. ●● EMMA Ayres: Also, can we please make sure it is not the same plan­ners who worked on the by­pass, con­sid­er­ing how wrong that went.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the area be­tween Con­gle­ton Road and London Road could look

It also brings dan­gers to the young peo­ple at All Hal­lows, Mac­cles­field Col­lege, Kings School and walk­ers to Fal­li­b­roome School and more.

Is this the best use of our money?

Also I no­tice from my vis­its to the plan­ning in­quiry that the mat­ter of a full by-pass is not in­cluded in a plan un­til 2030.

I asked about this in Jan­uary 2014 and was told that the Con­gle­ton Road/ Leek Road link road was planned but they would be pro­duc­ing ‘a sup­port­ing and in­fra­struc­ture plan’. There is one al­ready, dated Oc­to­ber 5, 1990.

I have sent this to the lo­cal coun­cil­lors and I look for­ward to their replies. Alec John­ston Mac­cles­field

CAN YOU HELP IN SEARCH?

MY name is El­iz­a­beth Wan­den and I moved from Mac­cles­field in 1980 with my fam­ily. My fa­ther was Ju­lian (now de­ceased) and my mother is Brenda.

I have three sib­lings, Sa­man­tha, Sarah and Peter.

We had a dear fam­ily friend called Doug Shaw who would be 70 years old now and I would love to be able to con­tact him again.

I won­der if you could help at all. I think he used to live at the top of Sta­ple­ton Road, but I’m not 100 per cent sure.

It might have been a flat.

If you can help at all, I’d be very grate­ful. If any read­ers know any­thing, they can email me at lizwan­den@hot­mail.com.

Many thanks for your help. Liz Wan­den Via email ONCE the dust has set­tled over the lead­er­ship of Cheshire East Coun­cil’s decision to do a com­plete U-turn re­gard­ing the gov­er­nance is­sue in Mac­cles­field, the peo­ple will no doubt be pre­par­ing for a civic event to mark the elect­ing of a town coun­cil in May next year.

Once hang­overs clear the re­al­ity of what it will mean for the coun­cil tax pay­ers in the town will be­gin to dawn.

The 8.5per cent of peo­ple who voted in favour of hav­ing a town coun­cil in the re­cent bal­lot will be pleased to note that the set­ting up of such a body, if a sim­i­lar sized town like Crewe is a bench­mark, will con­sist of around 20 coun­cil­lors plus support staff run­ning a bud­get of £500k for ser­vices such as pub­lic toi­lets, al­lot­ments and mar­ket stalls at a pre­cept of ap­prox­i­mately £29 per band D prop­erty – which will mean an in­stant rise of 2.5pc on all coun­cil tax bills in Mac­cles­field.

This, of course, will rise even fur­ther as more pow­ers (ser­vices) are de­volved from Cheshire East to the town coun­cil.

One ex­am­ple is CCTV within towns across the bor­ough.

Cheshire East has al­ready con­sid­ered de­volv­ing this ser­vice to town coun­cils at another ad­di­tional cost to the coun­cil tax-pay­ing peo­ple. Should town coun­cils refuse to im­ple­ment an in­creased pre­cept to cover the cost, then Cheshire East re­serves the right to have them switched off.

Sadly ‘dou­ble tax­a­tion’ is about to hit the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field. You may ask why do we need 20 new town coun­cil­lors to run th­ese few ser­vices when we al­ready have 12 elected Cheshire East coun­cil­lors ca­pa­ble of run­ning ser­vices through the lo­cal ser­vice de­liv­ery com­mit­tee, sav­ing the tax pay­ers of Mac­cles­field a tidy sum of money to the bar­gain.

Democ­racy comes at a price as we will find out once the coun­cil tax bills land a lit­tle heav­ier through our let­ter boxes after the elec­tions next year.

The leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Michael Jones, was quoted as say­ing “it is good to see democ­racy have its way.”

I can’t help but won­der that be­tween now and the set­ting up of a town coun­cil what price will be paid for the dra­matic U-turn.

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