HOUSING NOT MORE SHOPS
YET another threat to the viability of Macclesfield town centre.
As others have said, if the plan for a retail development on the Barracks Mill site goes ahead that will just cut trade for the Chestergate, Grosvenor Centre, Mill Street and Park Green shops.
More fast-food outlets and coffee shops – how is that supposed to “boost economic activity” when shops are already lying empty?
The site needs sorting out, but it should be used for housing – this town needs places for people to live, not more shops.
An even worse threat is the proposed “South Macclesfield Development Area”.
Major out-of-town shopping precincts have sounded the death-knell for many a town centre.
Worse still, this one is planned to be built on the northern side of Danes Moss, an area of rare lowland wooded wetland.
Not only would irreplaceable wildlife habitat be destroyed, but buildings would be plagued with flooding and subsidence problems; ask the residents of the existing Moss Estate.
To say that green ways would be left open for walking and cycling is hugely missing the point – narrow grassy strips hidden away between the high walls of retail warehouses would be no substitute for the rich ecology that exists now, the mixture of trees, shrubs and reeds, home to frogs, newts, fish, dragonflies, watervoles and many other forms of life.
If we lose that, we make the world a poorer place for all of us. John Knight Cheshire East Green Party Fountain Street Macclesfield ●● See column
●● This week’s Big Picture shows the first snow of the season in Macclesfield. Sunset over Windway Kennels on Saturday, November 21, by Meg Robinson from Tytherington. Email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them to Flickr at flickr.com/groups/maccpics. We’ll print the best ones