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.
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