Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

Body lan­guage and ap­prov­ing nods from all coun­cil­lors gave me some con­fi­dence for a pos­i­tive vot­ing out­come.

The cab­i­net coun­cil­lor hold­ing the port­fo­lio for so­cial ser­vices was al­lowed to speak at length for over an hour, tak­ing and ap­pear­ing to pair many search­ing ques­tions with only am­bigu­ous an­swers.

Fi­nally she stated that she was un­able to an­swer any ques­tions as she was still await­ing the re­sults of a sur­vey into care needs (long awaited) from an in­de­pen­dent ser­vice called Red Quad­rant (at what cost?), at the same time im­ply­ing Hollins View would close to­day sub­ject to the scru­tiny com­mit­tee meet­ing vote.

The scru­tiny com­mit­tee con­sisted of five Con­ser­va­tive and two Labour coun­cil­lors and one in­de­pen­dent.

I left dis­il­lu­sioned, very con­cerned about the word democ­racy ask­ing my­self two ques­tions: Why was the com­mit­tee not more bal­anced and made up of in­de­pen­dent scru­ti­neers? Why did we celebrate Au­gust 15, 1945, when mil­lions of peo­ple sac­ri­ficed their lives for the sake of democ­racy?

I pray for all those that voted on Au­gust 7. Jack Spencer Mac­cles­field and Bolling­ton United Re­formed Church

●● This strik­ing sunset was sent to us by Har­ri­son Clarke, aged 11, from Mac­cles­field. Email your im­ages to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­ or upload them to our Flickr page at­cpics

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