Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS: TOWN CENTRE SPECIAL -


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.

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