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.