100 signs protest at threat to green belt


CAMPA I G N E R S have posted nearly 100 signs around the town urg­ing peo­ple to pro­tect Mac­cles­field’s green belt.

Mem­bers of the Save Mac­cles­field Green Belt group have posted the green signs urg­ing res­i­dents to have their say on Cheshire East’s Lo­cal Plan which says where houses will be built in Mac­cles­field un­til 2030 and be­yond.

The group was kicked into ac­tion af­ter a large swathe of green belt in south west Mac­cles­field was added to the lat­est ver­sion of the plan, to be de­vel­oped af­ter 2030.

Some signs have been strate­gi­cally placed along­side coun­cil no­tices de­signed by schoolchil­dren to pro­mote Cheshire East’s wildlife con­ser­va­tion pol­icy.

The cam­paign signs read: “535 acres of green belt lost to de­vel­op­ers. Con­sul­ta­tion ends April 19, you must have your say.”

They also placed a large ban­ner across Hi­bel Road for max­i­mum im­pact on driv­ers and mem­bers plan to put 25,000 fly­ers through doors urg­ing peo­ple to re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion by the dead­line.

Among those con­cerned about the plan are Laura and David Fur­ness, par­ents to Os­car and Lewis, who live next to the green belt site be­tween Chelford Road and Whirley Road.

David said: “This plan will see the loss of all green belt from Con­gle­ton Road to Whirley Road, merg­ing Hen­bury with Mac­cles­field, de­stroy­ing an­cient wood­land. It will put pres­sure on school places and doc­tors and the roads will be grid­locked.”

The Lo­cal Plan in­cludes 4,250 homes for Mac­cles­field. It ear­marks 250 homes on the King’s School site at Fence Av­enue, 300 homes at Gaw End Lane in Lyme Green, 300 homes off Con­gle­ton Road, 200 homes south of Chelford Road and 150 homes be­tween Chelford Road and Whirley Road.

There will be a link road from the Con­gle­ton Road to Bro­ken Cross.

The lat­est draft is out for con­sul­ta­tion un­til April 19.

To regis­ter views visit cheshireeast. gov. uk/ lo­calplan, com­plete a form at the li­brary, coun­cil head­quar­ters in Sand­bach or cus­tomer ser­vice at Mac­cles­field Town Hall.

Go to savemac­cles­field­green­belt.com for in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign.

●● Laura and David Fur­ness with chil­dren Os­car and Lewis and dog Max with one of the signs posted up around Mac­cles­field

●● The ban­ner across Hi­bel Road

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