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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.

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