WE in­vited the newly-ap­pointed leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Rachel Bai­ley, in to our stu­dios re­cently so that she could get a feel for what our com­mu­nity net­work of­fers to the res­i­dents of Cheshire East and to ex­plore how we and the coun­cil can fur­ther de­velop, go­ing for­ward, the re­la­tion­ship that we have had over the last 10 years.

Rachel was very im­pressed with what she saw, and what she heard in a con­ver­sa­tion with Nick Wright our sta­tion man­ager, Mark Black­man our deputy sta­tion man­ager and Brian Moores our chair­man. Rachel was then in­ter­viewed by Brian in one of our record­ing stu­dios and talked openly and hon­estly about her role, the chal­lenges the role brings, her pri­or­i­ties as she moves for­ward in the role, how the lo­cal towns of Wilm­slow, Bolling­ton, Poyn­ton and Mac­cles­field may see the im­pact of the coun­cil’s plans for de­vo­lu­tion, mov­ing more to be­ing a com­mis­sion­ing author­ity, etc. and how this may im­pact on our more ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties like Prestbury, Adling­ton, and Rainow.

Rachel also gave an up­date on the Mac­cles­field town cen­tre de­vel­op­ment. The in­ter­view will be played out many times over the next few weeks on 102.8FM and will also be avail­able as a pod­cast. We are also cur­rently talk­ing with lo­cal ju­nior and high schools about how their stu­dents may ben­e­fit from get­ting in­volved with lo­cal ra­dio. We will keep you in­formed as things de­velop. If your chil­dren or grand­chil­dren at­tend lo­cal schools and would like to get in­volved, please con­tact the school they at­tend in the first in­stance.

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