OPINION is split over the Barracks Mill Development, which will be decided following a public inquiry. Andrew Roberts: We’ll still be having this debate in 2027 along with the new cinema. Anything is preferable to a burnt out, half demolished shell. Just get it built. Ray Edge: Oh please........ enough of these stories!! Redevelopment this and that. Just flatten the town centre and start again. The out of town centre regeneration will just kill what’s left of our town centre. Macclesfield Express NEEDS to name and shame the shambolic town planners. Zoe Rebecca Macro: As someone who visits Macclesfield from out of town, I can assure you that your little town does not need flattening. It’s variety of shops is very quirky and there’s a lot of independent retailers. Compare that to where I live, which got money from Mary Portas to improve, and you’ll find there’s not a lot wrong with Macclesfield. Alexander Lawton Truswell: I’m not dead against this development as I don’t think it would compete against the town centre with the type of shops proposed – but I really do think this site would be better used for affordable homes! As in proper affordable homes £70-100k price bracket. Pete Watson: It’s better to do something with the barracks than just leave it! “If” a retail park is put there and it brings job opportunities, isn’t that more than has been brought by the nonexistent opportunities that are on offer now? Martin Lloyd: Get it built. If the town centre development would have gone through at the last attempt, the Barrack Mill site would not have been a problem. Melanie Butson: I don’t think the surrounding roads will be able to cope with the increase in cars. They will crumble with lorries going up and down several times a day. The big lorries for Co-op struggle with Brocklehurst Avenue and the road is wider so they won’t cope with Garden Street, Black Lane and Nicholson Avenue. What about the existing infrastructure? Zoe Jessica Blaikie: I live on Hursfield they can build on site car park they need to create jobs otherwise next generation have no work. Linda Tokarz: I think the town centre will suffer anyway if the cinema plans go ahead, leaving nowhere for shoppers to park. Why not put a cinema on this site? It is just one of many eyesores around the town – Park Green being another – so sad. John Lawrenson: Stop talking and dithering and just build it! I just can’t believe the amount of procrastinating that goes on with this council! I bought a house in Macclesfield partly on the premise that it was going to “take off” with loads of regeneration and that was a million years ago! Kim McKenzie-Smith: Granted, big retail park shops can take away from the independents in the centre, but Macc is dying without some change and a decent retail park will bring more people, thus making rejuvenation of the town centre seem more worthwhile to the fat cats who decide whether further investment takes place. Declan Reed: The lack of jobs in this town is shocking, this will bring us hundreds of jobs and will contribute massively to our economy, besides it would look a lot better than that burned down piece of rubble. Tom Sherratt: Revamp Macclesfield. Just get it sorted, stop talking about it please.
THE Beatles played Macclesfield’s El Rio club 54 years ago. Lots of readers shared their memories. Patricia Brown: I was there. Brilliant night. They had just hit the big time but honoured their bookings. Met them after the show. Sat on John’s knee and got their autographs, unfortunately on my arm! Selma Barclay: Yes I was there too, remember it was very loud and being stood on a table holding onto some ropes, along with others, that were hanging from the ceiling as decoration. They weren’t decorating the ceiling for very long! John Rowson: I went to that gig, as well as Freddy and the Dreamers, Screaming Lord Sutch and many more. The El Rio was a great venue for bands and teenagers came from miles around and only soft drinks served. Bob Harrow: It was a great place in those days! Patricia Brown: It really was. Every Wednesday and Saturday. It was the place to meet up. John O’Connor: They wrote the song MISERY whilst in Macc. Er honest!!! Stephen Walker: My mum was there, she used to tell us all the time. She sadly passed away two years ago with her memories of that night. David Kellett: Yes I did, we spoke to them all and afterwards met them in the fish and chip shop on Mill Lane (just before Byroms Lane). Saw lots of up and coming groups and singers at the El Rio, went most Saturdays. Happy days in Macclesfield.