●● WE featured a story about Nicky Makepeace, who spent many hours putting together hampers to donate to the elderly at Christmas. Andy Grant: Well done Nicky....the true meaning of Christmas X Paula Johnson: What a lovely and amazingly caring thing to do x David Evans: Well done young lady much RESPECT to you. Louise Potts: Well done hope you have a fabulous Christmas xx Liza Joy Goodier: Well done hun, fantastic effort xxx Lily Rachel Tovee: Amazing, well done xx Angie Patterson: Well done Nicky x Sarah Dunlevy Fd Stl: Fabulous!!! James Hicklin: Fantastic merry Christmas. ●● LOTS of you have something to say about traffic issues after a woman was injured in a road accident on Grapes Street. Toni Kelly: The traffic on these side streets is horrendous, and it comes as no surprise that an incident like this as happened.
I live near Grapes Street, and every day is a battle to drive down St Georges Street, Lord Street, High Street etc, due to the number of drivers who use these streets as a short-cut to avoid Park Green traffic lights.
It’s time the council introduced traffic calming measures before someone is seriously injured or killed.
Wishing the victim a speedy recovery. Penny Oldham: To be fair if they sorted the phasing of the lights out on London Road less people would use it as a cut through.
Having said that hit and run is unforgivable, no excuses.
Lucky if you can safely do 10mph there. Best wishes to the person injured. Wishing you a speedy recovery x Sian Hussey: Wishing this lady a speedy recovery xxx Lucie Jones: I hope this lady is ok. We’ve recently moved from chapel street and it sadly doesn’t surprise me. A combination of people using it as a cut through and the abundance of non-resident parking made leaving the house with a buggy both very difficult and dangerous.
One side of Grape Street has no pavement/ overhang so you can’t see what’s coming as you’re trying to cross the road, worse if you have a buggy.
Something does need to be done.
Especially with Mads theatre nights, the roads get much too full on both sides with parked cars around there making it difficult to safely cross (or sometimes even get down the pavements at all with all the wheelie bins so having to cross over/walk on road just to get a little further down the street) so there will likely be more accidents for pedestrians unless something happens (resident parking permits, discouraging cut throughs etc).
I always thought how awful it must be round there if you are bad on your feet. Tasha Roper: The parking on those streets is crazy! Wishing her a speedy recovery x Lyndon Swindell: It’s so unfortunate, hope the lady is okay. Suggest yellow lines and traffic wardens?
Or will that cause another upheaval? Sharon Pollard: Terrible, I used to live round the corner, they park everywhere all day and go to work, all the junctions are dangerous round there, hope they are ok. ●● THE decision to stop providing A-level classes at Macclesfield College has caused concern among many of our Facebook followers. Sian Hussey: I think this is absolutely ridiculous especially as students are expected to do some form of further education ie A levels.
This is going to put strain on the 3 main schools who are already over subscribed. I personally found it better to attend Macclesfield college for my A levels for many reasons.
I’m dreading when my daughter is old enough to choose her high school and A level school. Mark Beresford: My daughter is due to start at the Macclesfield Academy next September... We chose the Academy knowing she would go on to the college to do A levels....What now??
This is a disgrace as it leaves students in the lurch. Joe Wolverson: I think Macc Academy are going to have to react pretty quickly. Was going to send my kids there, but not likely to if I don’t know where they’d get to do their A levels.
Is there actually any spare capacity at the other 6th forms?
In sympathy with Macc College though, the funding situation in FE colleges is dire – they haven’t had the protection afforded to schools, so I don’t know how they would compete. Karen Martin: My two go to the Macclesfield Academy. I can now see student numbers going down if they can’t do A levels at the college. Shame. Pete Watson: So does this mean that Macc Academy will be offering A levels to its students after GCSE level? Samantha Balme: This will massively affect my daughter who is currently at Macclesfield Academy and applied to do her A levels at college only 2 weeks ago, to then receive a letter this week telling us of this crazy decision.
She is now in a bit of turmoil not knowing what to do as not one of the schools offer the 4 subjects together that she needs to get her onto the uni course of choice!
This could affect her whole future and will be expecting a full explanation from college as to why they actively encouraged pupils to apply there if they knew they were pulling the plug a week later? Helen van der Veken: Calm down! Kids at Macc Academy have always been able to apply to any 6th form or other colleges for A levels. That’s why all the 6th forms in the area have open days and recruit from other schools, their own pupils still have to apply for places in their 6th forms!
I never intended my child to automatically choose Macc College after the Academy.
She would be encouraged to look around. This doesn’t change our plans. I want my child to grow in the best place for her at this stage in her education so that she is equipped to make decisions and enjoy opportunities when she is 16 and beyond.
So far this smaller school is helping develop in a way I don’t believe a larger school could. Tracy Swift: I did A Levels at Macc College and did fine, teachers were great, then I did an actual college course and well... Joy Swindells: What will happen to older students who’d like to do their A Levels? Claire Lackford: I have two children at Parkroyal and, having looked round Macc High, was impressed with the staff and facilities so planned to send them there.
Now I’m seriously considering whether I will or if I’ll send them to Fallibroome, Tytherington (or subject to windfall, Kings) instead so they can have continuation from 11-18.
I doubt I’ll be the only parent thinking that and the result will be falling intake for the high school over the next few years.
I really hope they reconsider this decision. Maureen Brindley: Very unfair. If they announced they would be stopping them in 3 years, that would be reasonable as it would give students time to rethink their options. To just spring it on them is ridiculous. Julie May Barton: Surely there won’t be enough spaces in sixth forms, so where will students go to do their A Levels?