FA­CIL­I­TIES DOWN THE PAN

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EU FU­TURE IS NOT SO BRIGHT

“MAC­CLES­FIELD Churches To­gether” should be thanked for or­gan­is­ing last Fri­day’s EU Ref­er­en­dum de­bate.

Sadly, this lo­cal democ­racy ini­tia­tive was poorly at­tended.

Our Lo­cal MP was not present. Nei­ther were any of the North West’s three UKIP MEPs, even though one of them lives nearby in Con­gle­ton.

For­tu­nately, former Mac­cles­field MP Sir Ni­cholas Win­ter­ton did turn up.

In the de­bate, some ar­gued that leav­ing the EU would pre­vent young­sters trav­el­ling around Europe.

Yet, as a teenager in the 1950s, I know students were able to travel and study in Europe long be­fore the ar­rival of the EU.

Visa or no visa, thou­sands of young peo­ple have been back-pack­ing around the world for decades.

In or out of the EU, there is no rea­son for that to change,

Any at­tempt to re­strict UK trav­ellers would meet with fierce op­po­si­tion from the EU tourist in­dus­tries of Spain, France, Italy and others.

Like­wise, there is no way the Ger­man govern­ment would de­clare a trade war on Great Bri­tain.

If Ger­man ex­ports to the UK were lum­bered with tar­iffs, Ger­man in­dus­tri­al­ist and work­ers would re­volt against their own govern­ment.

If we are to worry about a “leap into the dark”, we should re­mem­ber the EU’s fu­ture is not so bright.

Up to 50 per cent of “un­der-25 year olds” in Spain, Por­tu­gal, Italy are job­less.

The peo­ple of Greece are living a night­mare. Ger­many is on the verge of an im­mi­gra­tion dis­as­ter. And the Eu­ro­zone is hov­er­ing on col­lapse..

It was not just Brexit that wor­ries the IMF.

It’s warned also that the EU ur­gently needed “fis­cal con­sol­i­da­tion”.

That means ever more aus­ter­ity!

At­tempts to cre­ate Euro­pean Unions in the past have al­ways failed.

The Latin Mon­e­tary Union (France, Italy and Bel­gium) launched in 1865 col­lapsed in 1927, 62 years later.

Like­wise, the Scan­di­na­vian Mon­e­tary Union was aban­doned af­ter 41 years.

Yet, those unions had far more in com­mon than do the 28 EU na­tions with their 24 dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

We have only to look at the fate of Yu­goslavia, an ar­ti­fi­cial union of Balkan states set up in the af­ter­math of World War II.

Af­ter 47 years it ex­ploded into geno­ci­dal war­fare. Per­haps, Cameron was right to pre­dict war. He just got it the wrong way around. Bren­dan Mur­phy via email GIVEN the ef­fort which was put into en­sur­ing that toi­let fa­cil­i­ties were main­tained at Mac­cles­field Bus Sta­tion, I imag­ine your read­ers will be as dis­gusted as I was when con­fronted with the aw­ful state this toi­let is cur­rently in.

[When I vis­ited] the seat had come away from the pan, and that the floor was filthy.

There was also no toi­let pa­per, and no soap in the dis­penser.

It’s bad enough hav­ing to put up with a Bus Sta­tion with no clock and no in­for­ma­tion leaflets, but the state of this toi­let is in­ex­cus­able. Martin Good­win via email AT the re­cent Make It Mac­cles­field pub­lic meet­ing, it was good to hear the pos­i­tive progress be­ing made with the new multi-screen cin­ema and leisure-led scheme, which will play a vi­tal role in re­gen­er­at­ing Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

The pre­sen­ta­tion made by de­vel­op­ers Ask Real Es­tate set out next steps for the de­vel­op­ment, and out­lined that lat­est plans will see the project com­pleted by spring 2018.

Cheshire East Coun­cil is tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion. Planned street en­hance­ments for the town cen­tre worth £1 mil­lion are due to be­gin next year.

The ini­tia­tive will fo­cus around Cas­tle Street, Ex­change Street and up­per Mill Street to im­prove shop­ping ar­eas and the key routes link­ing it to the pro­posed leisure-led scheme.

There is clearly more to be done.

It’s time to build on this mo­men­tum and put greater fo­cus on our her­itage and cul­ture offer to make Mac­cles­field the dis­tinc­tive des­ti­na­tion that res­i­dents of Mac­cles­field de­serve.

We are for­tu­nate to have the Silk Mu­seum, the Sun­day School build­ing and Christ Church to re­mind us of our rich her­itage.

I have urged Cheshire East Coun­cil to work with other lo­cal stake­hold­ers to de­velop a clear plan to en­sure that the town’s her­itage has a cen­tral role in re­gen­er­a­tion ini­tia­tives over the months ahead.

The Mac­cles­field Canal should be part of this too. I was de­lighted to take part in the re­cent launch of the Mac­cles­field Adop­tion Group to help main­tain the canal in the town.

This year’s Barn­aby Festival will be an im­por­tant boost for the town, run­ning from Fri­day 17th June to Sun­day 26th June.

This year’s theme is “Space”. Among the many events, high­lights in­clude ap­pear­ances by Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox, BBC’s Nick Robin­son and co­me­dian Francesca Martinez.

I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to sup­port what is sure to be an­other mem­o­rable cel­e­bra­tion for the town.

●● A com­puter-gen­er­ated im­age of the pro­posed new King’s School in Mac­cles­field

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