●● VOLUNTEERS who run a helpline offering emotional support for anyone in crisis raised hundreds of pounds and awareness at Macclesfield train station.
The 10 members of Macclesfield and District Samaritans spent a day in December talking to passengers and visitors. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of Samaritans particularly among men aged 35-50, one of the high risk groups.
A spokesman said: “The station staff were extremely welcoming and there was a good response from the public who accepted bookmarks and other literature.
Although primarily an awareness-raising exercise, the generous public also donated a total of £294.”
Anyone struggling to see a way forward can call Samaritans on 01625 426000, or call in person to the branch on Boden Street, Macclesfield. ●● THE northern part of the town centre has been given a boost after planners gave the green light to a new retail and office development.
The scheme will see a three storey building between King Edward House and 3-5 Jordangate, which are both grade II listed. The 10,000sqft building would provide retail use at ground floor with office use at first and second floor. The application site is currently a privately operated car park.
The building would provide 346 sq metres retail floorspace and 662 sq metres office floorspace.
A total of 40 parking spaces would be retained for the proposed building, including four disabled spaces.
Nic Lewis from Estates and Leisure, who developed the plans, said: “We have worked closely with Cheshire East Council who have been proactive in helping us to get the planning permission and deliver the scheme.”
Previous plans for eight apartments and some retail space floated in 2012 were never developed.