Ap­peal for re­turn of stolen pink scooter

Macclesfield Express - - EU REFERENDUM -

THE owner of a bright pink scooter stolen from out­side a house is ap­peal­ing for its re­turn.

The ve­hi­cle, which is missing its right wing mir­ror and has L-plates on the front and back, was taken from Pierce Street, Mac­cles­field, overnight be­tween Fri­day, June 18 and Satur­day, June 19.

Owner So­phie Wil­liams said: “I re­ally de­pend on it to get around so I am desperate to get it back.”

If you spot it call Cheshire Po­lice on 101 quot­ing crime num­ber 50519. A 120-YEAR-OLD Swim­ming Club is hop­ing to be around for an­other 120 years af­ter suc­cess­fully cam­paign­ing against its clo­sure.

Mac­cles­field Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club (MASC), based at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre, was told it must stop some of its classes at the be­gin­ning of April af­ter learn­ing it can it can no longer hire the pool.

Un­der the plans, all lessons would be taught by Ev­ery­body Sports and Recre­ation (ESAR), a coun­cil run char­ity look­ing af­ter leisure ser­vices. But af­ter at­tain­ing more than 1,000 sig­na­tures against the clo­sure, with an­gry par­ents claim­ing they could not af­ford those pro­vided by ESAR, a com­pro­mise with Ev­ery­body Sports and Leisure has been met.

A joint state­ment is­sued fol­low­ing crunch talks be­tween the two groups said: “Mac­cles­field Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club and Ev­ery­body Sports and Recre­ation are pleased to an­nounced that they are work­ing to­gether to re­solve passed dif­fer­ences.

“Both or­gan­i­sa­tions have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of each oth­ers aims and will jointly seek to pro­mote wa­ter safety and so­cial swim­ming to the Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity.

“It is hoped that this shared fo­cus will see the Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club thrive for an­other 123 years and en­sure Ev­ery­body Sport can con­tinue to in­vest in swim­ming for all res­i­dents.”

Jan­ice Whitelaw, chair­man of MASC, said was thrilled the groups had come to an ar­range­ment say­ing it was a vic­tory for ‘par­ent power’.

She said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted. It’s par­ent power. Thank you to the Ex­press too for all your sup­port.

“If it hadn’t gone in the pa­per and we hadn’t got all those sig­na­tures the prob­lem wouldn’t have been dealt with.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled that we have been able to get our heads to­gether and come up with a so­lu­tion.”

●● Kris Sankey (ESAR) Jan­ice Whitelaw (MASC) and Paul Clay­ton (MASC) will work to­gether

●● The pink scooter stolen from Pierce Street, Mac­cles­field

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