Macclesfield Express - - LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015 -

Ed­wards SUT­TON - Raphael Mur­ray

THE Labour Party recog­nises the need to re­vi­talise Macclesfield Town cen­tre fol­low­ing the un­suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment which has blighted ar­eas of the town.

We need public sup­port for lo­cal pri­vate devel­op­ment rather than grandiose long term plans that never work.

There are many build­ings in the cen­tre of town which can be ren­o­vated and brought back into use.

Macclesfield’s Labour Bor­ough coun­cil­lors will work pos­i­tively with the new Town Coun­cil to ex­pand and im­prove the cul­tural, her­itage and en­ter­tain­ment ser­vices pro­vided by the Silk Her­itage Trust. In­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers are to be en­cour­aged into the town and her­itage build­ings to be im­proved. We need a lo­cal econ­omy that meets lo­cal needs.

Labour will work to­wards more in-town living with sup­port to cre­ate res­i­den­tial units above the shops. Re­de­vel­op­ment of the re­dun­dant brown­field sites in and around Macclesfield for af­ford­able hous­ing. We will sup­port the Town Coun­cil as it works to cre­ate a Neigh­bour­hood Plan which will en­able lo­cal peo­ple to in­flu­ence plan­ning de­ci­sions. Labour coun­cil­lors will re­tain suf­fi­cient Town Cen­tre park­ing and push for a com­pre­hen­sive traf­fic plan con­cen­trat­ing on im­prov­ing traf­fic flow and pro­vid­ing on street and off street park­ing.

We value the NHS and wish to en­sure peo­ple’s needs are met, par­tic­u­larly the el­derly in need of care, and chil­dren who re­quire sup­port for a good start in life. Labour will work to re­tain lo­cal author­ity de­liv­ery of health and so­cial care ser­vices, keep­ing them all ‘in house’ and in­crease sup­port for men­tal health ser­vices.

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