LOTS of our readers were pleased to read our story about the Old Sunday School refurbishing the seats in the auditorium where Cinemac is based. (Film-goers sitting comfortably after seating revamp, Express, March 8). Julian Wilkin: Cinemac, in my opinion, was never about “comfortable” seating...it’s about convenient, value for money entertainment, in an historical setting! Long may it last and hope the people of Macclesfield continue to support it! If however, that is in more comfortable seats...then so much the better! Michelle Moores: They’ll be ok when they’ve ‘squashed’ down a bit! My short legs were only just touching the floor on the new seating a couple of weeks ago. Made my legs ache by the end of the film. Hema Odedra: Fab news - although I didn’t mind the old seats, this is so much better, especially for the longer films. Love supporting our local cinema x Val Fearon: Great news. Love Cinemac. Would be great to see them doing well despite proposed competition. Amy Wood: Brilliant news! I love Cinemac and this will make it even better! Fiona Walton: Time to leave the cushions at home! X Ruth Kendall: Brilliant. I always take my big squishy coat to sit on, I won’t need to now. Tracy Kynnersley: Never, ever uncomfortable. I’ve always been able to sleep whilst my children watched your films! Caroline Holmes: I think they are much more comfortable than the old seats. Support your local cinema! Michael Farmer: Just need now to stop playing Jazz until the curtain rises! Janet Martin: Makes you wonder why we are getting a new 6 screen cinema. John Bennett: Hope this will shut up the moaners up!!!
LAST week the council ruled out any plans to give residents a year’s free council tax if they reported someone for not cleaning up their dog’s mess. ( No reward for dog fouling evidence, Express, March 8). We asked our facebook followers if they would report someone. Ruth Eaton: I’d report them for nothing. It’s disgusting how many people still think it’s OK to not clean up after their dogs. The walk to school has become an assault course of dodge the poo. Katie Brooks: Don’t even get me started with amount of dog [mess] around this estate! I’m fed up if the kids walking in it or going through it with the pram. I would report them for nothing. It’s absolutely disgusting how people can just leave it there on the street. Many times I have had a go at people for not cleaning up there dogs mess! Luke McMahon: Yep definitely, it only takes 5 seconds to pick up your dog poo. People that don’t are just plain lazy simple as that and when you can pick up 300 nappy sacks from Tesco (that I use as poo bags) for about 40p there’s no excuse. Michelle Moores: Yep! Us Puss Bank parents are out to catch whoever lets their dogs mess round Barracks Lane and makes our children’s journey into school an obstacle course every day! Rachel Hamilton: It’s all up Buxton Road too on the way to school, drives me mad too! Kim Dearlove Collier: Well said, I’m sick of it. Not just Barracks Lane, it’s all the way up Buxton Road! Lesley Hillhouse: Having two dogs ourselves it gets my back up when you see the amount not picked up, I have offered a poo bag to a dog owner who didn’t pick up their dog’s mess, only to get a mouthful of abuse. When I lived in Essex, the local wardens signed up local people to report people who didn’t pick up, not to approach the person but take a description of the person and the dog, they would then keep a look out for them. Can’t say it always worked but it did cut down the poo a lot, people who own dogs and don’t pick it up, should be made to walk a street full of it and see how annoying it is, so yes I would report someone for nothing. Andy Hall: As a dog owner, this is getting out of control. The rules are very simple. If you own a dog, then YOU are RESPONSIBLE for collecting its poo and disposing of it responsibly IN A BIN! There is no debate here! Whilst walking my dog, I see hundreds of black poo bags dumped on the ground. This is even worse, because they don’t degrade!!! PICK UP YOUR POO IN A BAG AND PUT IN A BIN WHEREVER YOU ARE! If the council are not prepared to enforce the fines, by putting some form of ‘police’ out there, how will these deterrents work? The public are your best defence. Use them! Sue Lowe: I’m a responsible dog owner of two on the Bird Estate in Poynton; or Dog Poo Estate as I like to call it! It gets my goat the amount of owners who don’t! It’s not the poor dog’s fault! What’s even worse is those who do pick up and then hang it on a bush or tree? What’s that all about? Andy Hall: Sheer laziness Sue and no excuse for it. Go to Tegg’s Nose and people put bags in the walls. Disgraceful behaviour. Debi Louise: As a responsible dog owner I get fed up of ignorant people throwing dirties as thinking all dog owners don’t pick up - well I do! Rachel E Adams: Some owners let their dog poo outside our gate and not pick it up. I don’t see how it’s fair for me to pick someone’s mess in case me or my mum stands in it. Toni Kelly: We’ve got our own dog muck warrior near South Park!! However, when the dog muck is washed away by the rain, the spray paint remains!! Lesley Smith: I’ve never reported anyone for anything as I believe in karma, but this issue has really affected our quality of life and my son can’t even play out on the grass we own as dog owners allow their dogs to use it as a public toilet. Free council tax sounds like a much needed incentive!! David Black: I don’t like to report anyone but sure need someone from the authorities to check South Park. Every time I take my kids they step in a poop left by someone. Those people do not have any respect for the children. AFTER being overwhelmingly elected to represent Bollington, within a week I sat on my first full Cheshire East Council meeting.
The first item on the agenda was a ‘special meeting’ called by Coun Amanda Stott; the first time this type of meeting has ever been called at CEC.
The issue was the cancellation of the free school bus service between Bollington and Tytherington School.
It was the start of a two hour debate. One young member of the audience spoke passionately and eloquently, some councillors even noted that it great to have a genuine debate at last.
It is generally accepted, by locals and the CE Overview and Scrutiny Committee (unanimously), that the Middlewood Way is not, and never will be, an available walking route to school.
Even the former CE leader said the route was not safe for children.
In a last minute amendment, £250k was ‘found’ from reserves to fund a toucan crossing across the Silk Road.
Amanda (Stott) and I are at a loss as to why CE did not to supply the two elected representatives for Bollington with the latest official documents, yet Conservative councillors had printed copies of a ‘risk assessment’.
The Portfolio holder for Highways does not return our emails.
At the time of printing we are still waiting for a relevant and detailed risk assessment for school children to walk to school, from Bollington to Tytherington School.
One Conservative councillor confirmed the Tories had handled the whole issue ‘very ineptly’. The Conservatives voted for the service to be terminated.
What’s next? We have asked Bollington Town Council to investigate funding an independent risk assessment.
Tytherington High School is looking to take the issue to the ombudsman. We might be down; but we are not out. The fight continues.
Arthur Dicken, chairman of Prestbury Parish Council, noticed the early spring blooms in Prestbury churchyard for this week’s Big Picture. Email yours to email@example.com