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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

●● This pic­ture, taken along Walker Lane, was sent to us by Cathy Rance. Email yours to macclesfield ex­press@men­media.co.uk or up­load them to our Flickr page at flickr.com/groups/mac­cpics

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