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The two post­codes do cover Mac­cles­field but they also en­com­pass a very wide area out­side the town.

The area in ques­tion stretches from Adling­ton to the north, Lower Withing­ton to the west, the ‘Cat and Fid­dle’ inn to the east and even takes in Rush­ton Spencer, Stafford­shire, to the south.

It would be far more per­ti­nent to know what per­cent­age of pupils ac­tu­ally live in the town of Mac­cles­field and how many live in the rest of the SK10 and SK11 post­codes.

This leaves the re­main­ing 50 per cent of pupils who live out­side th­ese two post­code ar­eas in such places as south Manch­ester to the north, Knutsford to the west, Stoke on Trent to the south and Bux­ton to the east.

As the new school will not be in a cen­tral lo­ca­tion, it will mean that vir­tu­ally all of the (ap­prox) 1,500 pupils and staff will have to travel by ei­ther car or coach.

This would put in­tol­er­a­ble pres­sure on the ex­ist­ing in­ad­e­quate road sys­tem in the vicin­ity of the pro­posed school. M H Clark Mac­cles­field

MORE AGAINST THAN FOR PLAN

I HAVE been fol­low­ing the re­sponses on the CEC web­site to the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion by King’s School for the de­vel­op­ment of their Fence Av­enue site (of which 50 per cent is un­de­vel­oped pas­ture land re­cently bought but not used by the school).

There are re­sponses from just over 300 dif­fer­ent ad­dresses. Of th­ese 31pc sup­port the pro­pos­als and 69pc ob­ject.

Most ob­jec­tions iden­ti­fied plan­ning rea­sons for the de­vel­op­ment of the whole site to be re­fused.

Of those in sup­port, 45 are iden­ti­fi­able as from em­ploy­ees, gov­er­nors, trustees and par­ents of the school. How­ever there are also a num­ber of ob­jec­tions from par­ents.

The school has writ­ten to all the par­ents ask­ing for their sup­port.

Of those only five are from ad­dresses in the area of east of Mac­cles­field where the site is, 28 from ad­dresses in Mac­cles­field, an­other 25 from ad­dresses in post­codes SK10 and SK11 but not in Mac­cles­field and 37 from even fur­ther afield.

Of the green belt sites cho­sen for de­vel­op­ment in the Town Strat­egy con­sul­ta­tion of the Lo­cal Plan in 2012, this site had by far the most re­sponses with 28pc sup­port, 72pc against.

Ob­jec­tions far out­weighed sup­port in the sub­se­quent con­sul­ta­tions.

CEC pro­mote ac­tive con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents but are they be­ing lis­tened to? Most are not against de­vel­op­ment but con­cerned that it should be in the right place. Had the ap­pli­ca­tion been for de­vel­op­ment of the school and play­ing fields only, I sus­pect that this would have been a very dif­fer­ent story. Pam Upchurch Mac­cles­field

●● This pic­ture of amaz­ing re­flec­tions at South Park was sent to us by Chris O’Neill. Email yours to mac­cles­field­ex­press@ men­media.co.uk or up­load them to our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/groups/mac­cpics. We’ll print the best ones in­deed sup­port our cam­paign.

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