●● OUR breaking news that an application to develop Barracks Mill site was refused was not popular. Graham Robinson:
Ridiculous! Surely anything has to be better than what’s currently there? Our town centre is abysmal. Apart from Chestergate, the town has no shops of any interest whatsoever.
I can’t remember the last time I thought to take my family into Macclesfield town centre on a weekend for some shopping/leisure time together. If we do, we always go elsewhere. There’s just nothing to do.
I really wouldn’t mind them turning down schemes like this if they had a plan to regenerate the town centre. But short of expanding the Grosvenor Centre, I don’t see anything else happening to offer better leisure facilities to visitors. Claire-Louise Davenport:
No forward thinking. No concern for the town’s future. This town needs something, everyone keeps complaining Macc is boring or has nothing in it, and then developers offer us options and all of a sudden Macclesfield needs to protect its heritage and say no to anything that allows the town growth. Val Pownall:
So it’s ok to build on our precious, dwindling green belt land – all for the sake of education that most of us can’t afford for our kids, but not on the remains of a burnt-out, derelict mill which has been an eyesore for many years? What are they saving it for? William Shore
If they approved it for retail then it would have been ideal for large shops like Ikea to set up a base, and would save the one-hour travel to the other large sites (Warrington/Manchester/ Nottingham). Gareth Thomas: The site is an eyesore. Andy Thorp:
Yet again this shows everyone that the planners are totally out of touch with what Macclesfield needs. Its ok for the Kings School to get the go ahead to move then relocate to an area of green belt land, and to be landed on the end of a road where there are already three schools.
Why and where else would you find a town with such eyesores at every corner of the town centre?
Three Pigeons – proposed and refused; The old derelict gradus site – proposed and refused; The old towers site – proposed and refused. The list goes on and on. Phil Miller:
Moved here in 1980 just before the start of the new revamp for the town centre. Here we are 36 years on and still nothing built.