WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
●● 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 email@example.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.