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MY fam­ily live in Bolling­ton and my two chil­dren at­tend Tyther­ing­ton School. My el­dest son is an in­sulin de­pen­dent type 1 di­a­betic and an asth­matic.

One of the symp­toms he has when he goes hy­po­gly­caemic (low blood sugar) is he be­comes very con­fused and can stum­ble and act silly.

If he is not rapidly treated he can en­ter a di­a­betic coma and im­me­di­ate med­i­cal as­sis­tance is re­quired.

Should he have a se­ri­ous hy­per­gly­caemic or hy­po­gly­caemic event whilst walk­ing to or from school along the Mid­dle­wood Way I have sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns that the emer­gency ser­vices will take an un­ac­cept­able and dan­ger­ously long pe­riod of time to get to him.

There have been a num­ber of med­i­cal emer­gen­cies on the Mid­dle­wood Way over the past few years (bro­ken an­kle, dis­lo­cated knee) which have re­sulted in emer­gency ser­vices be­ing re­quired but de­lays of more than 45 min­utes have oc­curred be­cause of the very dif­fi­cult ac­cess.

I strongly be­lieve that the safety of our chil­dren will be at sig­nif­i­cant risk should this route con­tinue to be con­sid­ered a safe walk­ing route to Tyther­ing­ton School.

I have seen the risk as­sess­ment for this route that was sub­mit­ted to East Cheshire Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber 2015 (Walk­ing Route to School num­ber CE319, As­sess­ment, Bolling­ton to Tyther­ing­ton School Oc­to­ber 2015).

This as­sess­ment is woe­fully in­ad­e­quate.

At no point does it con­sider emer­gency ac­cess to the Mid­dle­wood Way nor does it as­sess the safety of chil­dren from stranger dan­ger.

There are stretches of the Mid­dle­wood Way bound by 30 foot banks ei­ther side of the walk­way, and a foot­path not over­looked by houses, walk­ways, or build­ings be­tween BC Trans­port and Clarke Lane bridge and Clarke Lane and the Silk Road bridge (both dis­tances of over 500m).

There is ab­so­lutely no op­por­tu­nity for a child who feels their per­sonal safety is threat­ened to raise an alarm while on these sec­tions.

The Gov­ern­ment’s own guid­ance (Home to school travel and trans­port guid­ance, 2014) states that Lo­cal Author­i­ties “should con­sider data re­lat­ing to per­sonal safety and security”.

This in­for­ma­tion is com­pletely miss­ing in the as­sess­ment sub­mit­ted by of­fi­cers to East Cheshire Coun­cil and there­fore how can coun­cil mem­bers have made an in­formed de­ci­sion?

I im­plore the coun­cil to re­con­sider this route. Once all of the ev­i­dence and data is avail­able this route will not be con­sid­ered safe nor an avail­able route for the chil­dren of Bolling­ton to walk to Tyther­ing­ton School. It is not a case of whether a se­ri­ous med­i­cal in­ci­dent will hap­pen but when. Dr Chris Mur­dock Bolling­ton

FAN­TAS­TIC FES­TI­VAL

I WOULD like to con­grat­u­late the whole Barn­aby team on a fan­tas­tic open­ing week­end of the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val.

Ev­ery vol­un­teer I en­coun­tered was a delight and their pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm for Barn­aby, and Mac­cles­field, has been won­der­ful.

I have been a Town Coun­cil­lor for just over one year now and I have never felt prouder to rep­re­sent Mac­cles­field. Barn­aby Fes­ti­val, you re­ally know how to bring a whole com­mu­nity to­gether and you have, once again, firmly put Mac­cles­field on the ‘cre­ative’ map.

Barn­aby has been, and I’m sure will con­tinue to be, one of Mac­cles­field’s finest com­mu­nity events and I couldn’t be more grate­ful for all the hard work and de­vo­tion that their team has put into ALL of the events that make up Barn­aby. My wife and I [were] par­tic­u­larly ex­cited to see the fi­nale of ‘The Astronomer’s Story’ on Satur­day evening! Coun Adam Schofield Mac­cles­field West

●● This view from Teggs Nose was sub­mit­ted by Vic­to­ria Wal­ton. Email your pic­tures to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media.co. uk or up­load them to flickr.com/groups/mac­cpics

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