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COUN­CIL Tax is set to rise by nearly five per cent to cover the ris­ing costs of look­ing af­ter the el­derly (Mac­cles­field Ex­press, Fe­bru­ary 1, pg12). Here’s what our Face­book fol­low­ers thought of the in­crease: Mar­tin Smith: The worst thing that hap­pened to Mac­cles­field was the abo­li­tion of Mac­cles­field Bor­ough Coun­cil in 2009. We are now gov­erned by a South Cheshire Stoke/ Crewe cen­tric leadership. Tony Bid­dle­combe: Do you know how much the coun­cil bud­get has been cut by cen­tral gov­ern­ment to cut gov­ern­ment spend­ing? Do you think that might have an im­pact on Crewe and Stoke as well? Mar­tin Smith: Tony, of course it has but I’m from and live in Mac­cles­field so my con­cern is for the area my fam­ily and I live in. Pre­vi­ously Mac­cles­field bor­ough (based in Mac­cles­field Town Hall) held con­trol of coun­cil tax revenue. Stephen McDermott: More than happy to pay my fair share of tax­a­tion to pay for vi­tal ser­vice. Shame those more much for­tu­nate than me aren’t pre­pared to do the same. Dave Pater­son: Gladly. If it would be spent on care for our el­derly then how can any­one ar­gue. Emma Budge: This is hap­pen­ing all over the UK to coun­cils. They are los­ing vi­tals funds be­cause the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment want them to magic their own money to pay for ser­vices. Hence the reper­cus­sions on res­i­dents. Ed­u­cate your­selves and stop blam­ing Mac­cles­field coun­cil who have re­spon­si­bil­ity for next to noth­ing. Sharon Pol­lard: 7 per cent in­crease, and a per­fectly good build­ing ap­prox 30 years old sat empty, called Hollins View. Is this go­ing to be re­opened??! Amy Stokes: Dis­gust­ing, it’s al­ready a lot of money we have to pay es­pe­cially when we have to live like this and the coun­cil do ab­so­lutely noth­ing about it. Mags Long: We have had so many cuts for the el­derly, hav­ing to pay out more of our money. Throw some back in!!! Jon Stu­art Baker: And if they weren’t wast­ing money build­ing a cin­ema it could be used in bet­ter places. Carl Wain­wright: All well and good putting coun­cil tax up but not ev­ery­one can af­ford an ex­tra £60 gone from their pay packet. Colin Grant: Where are the care homes? Coun­cil closed them, re­mem­ber folks next lo­cal elec­tion, let’s see some new faces vote them out. A NUM­BER of read­ers shared their mem­o­ries of the gash­old­ers on Black Road which have now been de­mol­ished Chris Ne­vitt: My Dad had a garage on Gar­den St/Steeple St when we lived on Hurds­field Rd and we went past there ev­ery morn­ing – him rid­ing his bike and me get­ting a ‘croggy’ (with a cush­ion! ooheer posh!). I live overseas now but I al­ways re­mem­ber them as part of my child­hood!! Stephy Bonkers: Wow an­other child­hood mem­ory gone.. Al­ways thought these looked like a pint of Guin­ness.

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