●● THE council is to spend £1 million to give Macclesfield a facelift. We asked you where the money should be spent. Joanne Millward: A million is not a lot so why not offer discounted rates to get local business people to open in the vacant shops. When they start to turn an agreed profit get them to give an agreed sum back to pay for the tidy up. Let’s get creative to get the heart pumping again in our town. Jacqueline Latham: Bring businesses back to town, so many empty premises now. Also why you’re at it bring back MacDonald, as that did great where it was. Also sort that grotty bus station out its freezing in there and the toilets are awful. Mel Anie: Every shop is either a charity shop or coffee shop, bring local businesses back and lower the rates, I’d rather shop in Stockport or Trafford centre Gari Phillips: A town full of charity shops and opticians... People will flock to see a new park bench on Castle Street. Lynda Allis: There is such massive potential for Macclesfield to be a first class shopping centre instead of the rundown place it has become. So many people live in the area, but so many go out of town because what is there now in Macclesfield? Such a shame. Paul Bushell: Macc is as bled dry as Valerie Gaunt was in Hammer films. Most of what makes Macc bearable are the local entrepreneurs who open the small cafes and bars, but who seem to have very little help from the council. So much squandered potential from those ‘in charge’. Sammie Evans: “The money will mainly be spent on new street furniture, lighting, green spaces and public art” – Erm why?? What exactly is the point of any of said “facelift” when most shops are boarded up/empty? It looks miserable and is miserable! Don’t get me wrong I totally agree it needs a facelift as it’s a dump. However I doubt a bit of grass, a bench and some form of twisted metal (art) is going to cut it! Sue Price: A fortune was spent on the footpaths on Mill Street. Block paving, so poorly laid it’s an accident waiting to happen. Chris O’Neill: Good question to start with concerns both sides of the picture on the story itself... the former Cheshire building society building and the former post office and part next door to it. Before even going any further. And why have they started suggestions for the cinema to be in the centre again? Honestly, Lyme Green is a far better if you get another bus running out there. What has been earmarked for the site by the Swan With Two Necks, over from Dominos pizza and near the Wine Warehouse, where they are currently in a demolition process?? Sarah Widdows: Not everyone can afford to go to Stockport as a family via train. You’re adding at least an extra £20-30 for the family via train on top of cinema prices. I’m in favour of a cinema in town as Cinemac doesn’t offer enough choices and it will open jobs up. But that’s just my opinion. Graham Brinkhurst: I fail to see how losing valuable parking spaces by building a cinema on the principal car park that serves the town centre is going to help the town’s revival. The majority of cinemagoers are going to be there in the evening – when the town centre shops will have closed. It needs to be in an area where there are a choice of places to eat/drink – and that’s not Churchill Way. Sarah Widdows: There are 4 other car parks in the town centre, how many do we need? Losing one won’t make any difference. And if they put a car park underneath u won’t lose any spaces. Kate Robinson: The ex PO and Cheshire Building Society could both be converted to lots of 1-2 bed flats, along with all the derelict mills etc. Use empty buildings before encroaching on our green belt. Mark Midge Mcloughlin: Money wasted everywhere over ten years it’s been going on with how many millions been wasted with plans and more plans and meetings then more plans. Dave Paterson: Macc’s not that bad mate. Mark Midge Mcloughlin: It’s not good though, it’s a town what’s been promised investment for a decade. Kathryn Ashcroft: They need to get the whole community involved. Schools, groups, clubs. It might create a bit of passion and a re energised love for the town we live in. Miranda Breen: A million is nothing! Macc needs businesses in its many many empty premises. Until that happens it will continue to feel like the ghost town it is. Matt Pownall: I think I must go to town on different weekends than you, because it’s always packed with people. Don’t know where people get this “ghost town” impression from. I can only think of a couple of empty shops down the main section of Mill Street. I find plenty of shops for everything I need. Pam Bowers: I agree Matt Pownall, it’s always busy when I go in town and there aren’t many empty shops now. Pete McGuckian: Give us back the pedestrianised town centre. It’s like a car park most of the time. Andy McGillivray: Seeing as it’s a free for all, how about some speed humps down Great King Street to stop people ragging it down there. Karen Worthington Green: I don’t normally post on things like this and I know everyone won’t agree but there are worst places to live! Your town is what you make of it ... Yes it’s not ideal for shopping but we are all guilty in this country we all use internet shopping! Herbert Michael Jones: One million will not put Macclesfield or any other road right or town, we have lost the plot. Bethany Cooper: Are you serious?! We have people living on the streets, we have kids going without, potholes so big they literally break our cars, families losing their homes, business going under and you want to waste money on something which really isn’t going to help?!?! Just crazy if you ask me. Fiona Safc Smart: I’ll believe it when I see it, or hear it on here! Not lived in Macc for about 9 years now, and they were promising to do up the town then! I hope they do, as parts of it are so beautiful. Wendy Bracegirdle: The Weston shops, such an eyesore, land over growing at the side, all the paths are uneven and it’s a mess. The Moss got a make over why can’t the Weston??? Sharon Pollard: Fill the empty existing shops. Trees and tarmac do not bring people in to empty shops. Anne Pike: It’s such a shame that when any pavements need repairing, instead of using the materials they just shove a load of tarmac down!! Marion Bradley: Try spending money on some roads. No one goes in town anymore, it’s rubbish. Antony Allen: Why not invest the £1m against new business retail rates? Give new starters a two year break from paying rates to establish the businesses. Michael Andrew Beresford: We need a safe town too. It’s like the M6 after 4pm. Erika Groeneveld: In general: put more trees back in centre. Alix Lamb: What about Sunderland street? Debbie Wood: The whole town needs to be cleaned up and rates lowered to attract more business. Zoe Shephard: There are many beautiful buildings and green spaces in Macc. Claire Louise Frith: Sticking plaster to cover a gaping wound springs to mind.