BIG PIC­TURE

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AMONG the many cuts made by Cheshire East Coun­cil one of the un­kind­est of all was the dec­i­ma­tion of respite care, which, de­spite the best ef­forts of lo­cal cam­paign­ers, staunchly sup­ported by this news­pa­per, in­cluded the clo­sure of Hollins View. Lib­eral Democrats on Cheshire East stood four-square be­hind the cam­paign­ers.

When for­mer coun­cil leader Michael Jones spoke of de­men­tia care as a “tick­ing time­bomb” and spoke of tak­ing “strong ac­tion now” Lib Dems had the temer­ity to sug­gest that it might make sense to put their pro­posed al­ter­na­tive pro­vi­sion in place be­fore clos­ing a vi­tal ser­vice. There are times when be­ing proved right gives no sat­is­fac­tion.

The coun­cil has so far ne­go­ti­ated only 21 respite care beds across the whole of Cheshire East. Hollins View alone had 40 beds.

Not only is this des­per­ately sad for de­voted car­ers, who need the oc­ca­sional break to help them care for a loved one at home, it is, trag­i­cally, also a false econ­omy. Lack of ad­e­quate respite pro­vi­sion will, in the long run, in­crease the cost to the coun­cil of full-time res­i­den­tial care pro­vi­sion and, will, in the short term, in­crease the prob­lem of hos­pi­tal “bed-block­ers” with nowhere else to go.

Most read­ers will be aware of the var­i­ous plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions as­so­ci­ated with the pro­posed re­lo­ca­tion of the King’s School.

Fewer will be aware that the plans for King’s site on Fence Av­enue in­volve hous­ing, not just on the site of the school, but on a large swathe of nearby green belt farm­land in the Peak Fringe and Canal Con­ser­va­tion Area.

Ob­jec­tors saw the mo­bil­i­sa­tion by the school, of teach­ers and oth­ers in sup­port of the plans, as only to be ex­pected.

How­ever, one of th­ese rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the plan­ning au­thor­ity makes a lu­di­crous at­tempt to den­i­grate one of the neigh­bour­hoods af­fected, and their res­i­dents, as be­ing part of a ‘no go’ zone.

[The Kings plan] would de­stroy an im­por­tant piece of the green belt that makes Mac­cles­field such a pleas­ant town.

Por­tray­ing the pleas­ant res­i­den­tial ar­eas af­fected as in need of re­gen­er­a­tion is a gra­tu­itous in­sult to the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field.

●● This pic­ture of a stag at Tat­ton park was sent to us by Chris Heapy. Email your im­ages to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media.co.uk. We’ll print the best ones

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