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Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

●● 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.

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