Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

I WOULD like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you and your news­pa­per for sup­port­ing the Kings Own York­shire L I bat­tle­field pil­grim­ages of the First World War.

Over the years we have taken many peo­ple to a re­quested ceme­tery or me­mo­rial where a fam­ily mem­ber lays or is re­mem­bered on a me­mo­rial, who have never been vis­ited be­fore.

If it were not for your news­pa­per print­ing our let­ter this would not have been pos­si­ble. John Bat­tye High Town, Castle­ford THERE seem to be lots of things go­ing on at the moment, such as the up­com­ing elec­tions for the Po­lice Crime Com­mis­sioner (PCC) on May 5.

I’m not sure how many peo­ple ac­tu­ally un­der­stand what they will be vot­ing for or what the ac­tual role of a PCC is.

PCCs were first elected in 2012 and it is still a con­tro­ver­sial po­si­tion as it ef­fec­tively politi­cises polic­ing. Their role is to be the voice of the peo­ple and hold the po­lice to ac­count. They have been elected by the pub­lic to hold chief con­sta­bles to ac­count, ef­fec­tively mak­ing the po­lice an­swer­able to the com­mu­ni­ties they serve. They must set the po­lice and crime ob­jec­tives for their area through a po­lice and crime plan, and set the force bud­get to de­ter­mine the pre­cept.

They must also bring to­gether com­mu­nity safety and crim­i­nal jus­tice part­ners, to make sure lo­cal pri­or­i­ties are joined up. The com­mis­sioner is a full time role and they are paid £75,000 a year.

A re­cent de­ci­sion to re­des­ig­nate Bro­ken Cross Chil­dren’s Cen­tre by Cheshire East Coun­cil is also im­por­tant.

Fel­low In­de­pen­dents in­clud­ing Coun­cil­lor Amanda Stott, from Bolling­ton, and my­self sup­port the cam­paign for the de­ci­sion to be re­con­sid­ered.

Coun­cil­lors (es­pe­cially Con­ser­va­tives) rightly feel they did not have sight of all the ev­i­dence prior to vot­ing on the is­sue.

This ev­i­dence in­cludes a let­ter to Cheshire East sent by Con­gle­ton’s MP Fiona Bruce, ask­ing them to de­lay the de­ci­sion un­til the re­sult of the Par­lia­men­tary en­quiry she was chair­ing was known.

I’d also like to re­mind res­i­dents that the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the Lo­cal Plan ends on April 19, as men­tioned in this pa­per by MP David Rut­ley re­cently.

It is im­por­tant that res­i­dents re­spond in Mac­cles­field, be­cause it re­lates to build­ing houses and pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment land within our green­belt.

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