Talk­ing pol­i­tics

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - Chris An­drew, Con­ser­va­tive

THERE are many im­por­tant de­ci­sions to be made over the next few months.

The Lo­cal Plan is go­ing to con­sul­ta­tion. The town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion will be seek­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion and there is the im­por­tant vote on our mem­ber­ship of the EU.

With re­gard to our town cen­tre, Nick Hines and Jo Wise have worked hard and done an ex­cel­lent job. I have at­tended most of their pre­sen­ta­tions and the rea­son for their suc­cess is that they have ac­tu­ally lis­tened to the views of stake­hold­ers and the peo­ple of Macclesfield.

Since last May it has be­come ob­vi­ous to me that lo­cal pol­i­tics is some­what dif­fer­ent to the House of Com­mons. Of course, strong op­po­si­tion is good for democ­racy but their is lit­tle need for the point scor­ing antics of Cameron, Cor­byn, Boris and the like.

We were elected to serve the peo­ple of Macclesfield and Cheshire East and while we do not al­ways agree and rarely vote to­gether at Full Coun­cil, we have a pos­i­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship on the plan­ning and scru­tiny com­mit­tees which we share with our Labour and in­de­pen­dent col­leagues.

We have a new leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil and while the strong de­liv­ery will con­tinue as be­fore, we are now see­ing a more in­clu­sive style.

Mem­bers are now be­ing given more op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute and also be ac­count­able and this is to be wel­comed.

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