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●● 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.

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