SCHOOL SITE NEEDS THOUGHT
WE ARE NOT STOPPING FIGHT
THE Friends of Cheshire East Children’s Sure Start Centres would like to thank the staff and readers of the this newspaper and residents of Cheshire East for all of their support in our recent campaign to stop the closure (de-designation) of four out of 11 children’s centres in Cheshire East and reductions in funding to all other centres.
These cuts, coming down from central government, were passed on to the people of Cheshire East in last Thursday’s (February 25) Cheshire East Council budget vote, despite great efforts from our campaign team, support from a number of councillors and backing from the public.
The result was an unbelievably close vote at the council meeting. We would like to inform readers that the campaign has only just got started and we have taken many positives from this first major challenge to our campaign.
We have many more strategies planned as we feel the money and time is still there to reverse this decision (in both transition funding from central government and other funding budgeted for children’s services).
We would welcome engagement from readers if they would like to support this cause further. You can support our campaign and keep up to date with our news, events, and activities on Facebook via the page: Friends of Cheshire East Children’s Sure Start Centres.
Many thanks again. Maeve Kelly Friends of Cheshire East Children’s Sure Start Centres
MY PRIDE HAS WANED
BOTH myself and my grandfather were ‘old boys’ of The King’s School, Macclesfield, and up until recent months I have always been very proud of my academic heritage.
However, over recent years my pride in being associated with the school has deteriorated dramatically, mainly due to the new plans and aspirations.
From reading various letters from the Macclesfield Express, I believe it is possible for King’s School to rebuild a new facility within the confines of the existing Cumberland Street site, without moving at all.
This could be possibly financed by selling and developing the brownfield sites at Fence Avenue without destroying the extended greenbelt areas behind the school and at Alderley Road.
From attendance of public meetings and reading various letters from concerned residents and from King’s, it is very clear to me that King’s need to generate as much collateral as possible from the sale of as much of the Fence Avenue and Cumberland Street sites as possible in order to build the new facility on Alderley Road. If the plans go ahead, one of our historic landmarks will be lost and local town traders will lose revenue from King’s students and their parents.
In addition, green belt sites in two beautiful locations will be destroyed, with losses to wildlife habitats and conservation areas, and hundreds of local residents will have their lives and views interrupted by unnecessary building and excessive traffic.
The only thing that seems to matter is the building of the new premises on the Alderley Road site.
I really hope that Macclesfield Council and Cheshire East see sense and stop this proposal. A Hall A King’s School ‘old boy’ and local resident Macclesfield
FIRM’S MOVE IS GOOD AND BAD
AS a local resident it is with mixed feelings that I read of Henshaw’s departure from their current site.
I look forward to a huge reduction of large vehicles using Moss Lane and surrounding roads.
While the building of Barrett Homes on the site will create more car traffic, this will no doubt be offset if the link road from London Road to Congleton Road is built through land behind the current Henshaw’s site.
I also read in your paper a quote from the council that they are not obliged to help Mr Henshaw relocate his business.
I would hope that CEC will do everything in their power to relocate the business to a more suitable site. A concerned Moss Lane resident
ANYONE GOT KING’S BOOK?
MY brother who lives in Toronto and is an old King’s boy is trying to find a copy of the history of King’s School published in 1997, written by Viv Cripps.
It is now out of print.
If anyone has a copy they would like to sell please contact me pc@ instow.net. It would be much appreciated. Pam Cantle Instow, North Devon via email
PLEASE VALUE OUR MUSEUMS
A MONTH or so ago I read with interest an article in your newspaper about an exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts being held at 2 Temple Place in Central London.
The article said that a number of objects from West Park Museum were on display there, so when I was in London recently I went along to see it for myself.
It is a stunning exhibition in a stunning building and well worth the effort to visit if you happen to be going to London before the end of April.
One thing that was MACCLESFIELD Civic Society’s response to King’s School planning application (for a new school at Derby Fields and housing on Westminster Road and Fence Avenue) points out that the Cumberland Street site, with its landmark school buildings, is not included in the package of applications.
As the site will be redundant if the school gets the go-ahead to build at Derby Fields, it highlights the need for consideration of this together with the Westminster Road site as they represent a major urban development project.
The King’s School website indicates that they are holding a public consultation on uses for the site, but it is no longer accessible.
This is what the school’s planning statements say: “The proposals will include some residential development and the conversion of the historic main school building”.
What is it King’s intend to do and, given the impact on the town centre, when are they going to tell us?
Surely CEC Strategic Planning Committee cannot make a decision until they have this information. K Williams Macclesfield
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