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.