BIG PIC­TURE

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

I WAS de­lighted to read in last week’s edi­tion of the Ex­press that the Silk Mill Mu­seum at Par­adise Mill will be un­af­fected by the col­lapse of the plan, mooted by the for­mer leader of Cheshire East, for the coun­cil to ac­quire the build­ing.

The guided tours of the loom floor help make the his­tory of our town come to life, both for vis­i­tors and for lo­cal res­i­dents of all ages.

Given the call by MP David Rut­ley in his lat­est Ex­press col­umn for the coun­cil to give more em­pha­sis to de­vel­op­ing our cul­tural and her­itage as­sets as a con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gen­er­a­tion of the town cen­tre, the fail­ure to pro­ceed with the pur­chase, and thereby give our silk her­itage a fur­ther boost, is es­pe­cially dis­ap­point­ing.

Be­ing part of a uni­tary author­ity some­times seems to make sense. For ex­am­ple, waste dis­posal is a more com­pli­cated process these days and de­vel­op­ing a cen­tral facility in Mid­dlewich is log­i­cal.

How­ever, I be­lieve that the key de­ci­sions about the fu­ture of our town should be more con­cen­trated in the hands of lo­cal peo­ple and lo­cal elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives. I mean no dis­re­spect to Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil, but it is con­sti­tuted as a Par­ish Coun­cil even though our town has a pop­u­la­tion that could fill 10 parishes and serves as a hub for nu­mer­ous other parishes in the vicin­ity.

Mem­bers of the public, via let­ters to this paper or post­ings on its Face­book site, of­ten make sen­si­ble sug­ges­tions re­lated to mat­ters that are de­cided by Cheshire East in­clud­ing, re­cently com­ments on car park­ing, the Lo­cal Plan and the on-go­ing King’s School plan­ning con­tro­versy.

While no doubt the Town Coun­cil does a great job of look­ing af­ter al­lot­ments, it is ridicu­lous that vi­tal as­sets like car parks are not un­der their own­er­ship and con­trol. Sim­i­larly, those of us who, as mem­bers of the public, have spo­ken at Lo­cal Plan meet­ings, have found coun­cil­lors from the far flung cor­ners of Cheshire East un­fail­ingly cour­te­ous and at­ten­tive. How­ever, they don’t know our Green Belt like the lo­cals do and they don’t sit in our traf­fic jams. Those elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives who do should have more say on the key de­ci­sions that will change own town for bet­ter or worse.

●● Saf­fron Tay­lor cap­tured this beau­ti­ful fairy­tale scene of her daugh­ter Vi­o­let as they walked through Mac­cles­field For­est on the way back from Shut­lingsloe. She said: “It re­ally felt mag­i­cal and like a fairy­land!” Send your Big Pic­ture to us at mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media.co.uk or add it to our Flickr page at flickr.com/groups/mac­cpics. We’ll print the best ones

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