LETTER MADE TRIPS POSSIBLE
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.