LET’S BE MORE IMAGINATIVE
TALK TO THE MEDICS JEREMY
EARLIER this week I was ashamed to see the NHS that I served for over 30 years being brought to the action I saw on television.
Jeremy Hunt should be thoroughly ashamed of himself and the actions that he has forced the juniors doctors into taking.
He needs to come down to earth and put himself in their position.
He seems unconcerned that those of us here, ‘down on earth’, need these young doctors and he too may be in need of their ministrations one day, though he may not think that now.
He along with many other public servants seem to think they can do as they like, forgetting that they are in our employ and should heed what we need and request, or out they may go. Claire Crosbie Windsor Close Macclesfield THE old Sutton Castings site at the corner of Roe Street and Churchill Way has now been cleared.
Is it true this, at considerable expense, will be transformed into a car wash and car park? Is this the most imaginative scheme the ‘planners’ can come up with?
What about some starter homes for young Macclesfield families or is this part of the long awaited redevelopment of the centre of town? If it is, it is hardly an exciting start! David Booth Bond Street Macclesfield BY the time you read this, I will have been a Cheshire East councillor for 12 months. What a year it has been!
Whilst I was told in clear terms by many on the doorstep that the then leader of the council, Michael Jones, was not popular, who would have thought that within a few months he would have gone?
I was also a member of a small team that drafted a successful amendment to the council’s budget for 2016/17 with Labour’s business case to invest in combating the scourge of fly-tipping being accepted.
However, as a ‘backbench’ councillor, my priority from the start has been to work on behalf of my local residents. The volume and range of casework that has built-up, both through the monthly surgeries I run with my fellow ward councillor, Alift Harewood, and from direct contact is often complex and sensitive.
Two wider local issues also concern me at the moment. Firstly, the agonisingly slow pace of getting the long-overdue regeneration of our town centre underway. Why?
Secondly, the draft local plan proposes that thousands of houses should be built on the ‘south west Macclesfield’ greenbelt. This plan has been labelled by the former Macclesfield Borough Council chief planning officer as a ‘Developers’ Charter’!
Yes, we urgently need high quality affordable homes for our local young people and families. But I suspect that what we will get, if speculative developers get their way, are identikit dormitories of characterless detached boxes. Surely, any sacrifice of our irreplaceable greenbelt must be worth more than that?
A priority for this year is to tackle abysmally poor standards found in parts of the private rented sector. Too many families have no alternative to paying astronomical rents for very poorly maintained and managed properties.
I will be pressing the council to use the powers available to put right this scandalous situation.