Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

PLEASE can we con­grat­u­late Coun Martin Hardy for lis­ten­ing to his com­mu­nity and vot­ing against The Cheshire East Lo­cal Plan, a Plan which would dec­i­mate the Green Belt of Mac­cles­field and Cheshire East. The Com­mu­nity of Whirley I BE­GIN this col­umn al­most lit­er­ally lost for words. Ev­i­dence of the detri­ment to health from traf­fic pol­lu­tion grows year by year.

The lax­ity of su­per­vi­sion and scru­tiny that has re­sulted in de­lib­er­ate ‘fal­si­fi­ca­tion’ of Cheshire East pol­lu­tion data by a cul­prit ab­so­lutely beg­gars be­lief.

In al­most 40 years of in­volve­ment in lo­cal pol­i­tics I have wit­nessed many ex­am­ples of in­ep­ti­tude.

This rep­re­sents a new low.

Con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence among apolo­gies re­gard­ing this scan­dal is any ev­i­dence that the coun­cil will cease treat­ing pol­lu­tion data with ca­sual dis­re­gard when it comes to plan­ning mat­ters.

Un­der our ab­surd plan­ning sys­tem each and ev­ery field de­vel­oped hands some­body a windfall com­pa­ra­ble to win­ning the lot­tery. Nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments ei­ther never hap­pen or are paid for by the rest of us who sit in the traf­fic jams and choke on the fumes that th­ese new de­vel­op­ments ex­ac­er­bate.

There are two Air Qual­ity Man­age­ment Ar­eas (des­ig­nated be­cause ni­tro­gen diox­ide traf­fic pol­lu­tion is above govern­ment tar­get lim­its) that im­pact most on read­ers of this news­pa­per. Th­ese are the A6 in Dis­ley and the cen­tral sec­tion of the Silk Road.

Lib­eral Democrats have op­posed the devel­op­ment of thou­sands of new homes in High Lane and are cam­paign­ing for a Dis­ley by-pass. Re­cently ap­proved de­vel­op­ments in Mac­cles­field town, such as hous­ing on cur­rent King’s School sites will make cur­rent pol­lu­tion blackspots worse and cre­ate new ones. The jams we choke in lo­cally, or while strug­gling to reach Manch­ester or Stock­port, will get worse.

Cheshire East should be mon­i­tor­ing pol­lu­tion to pro­tect our health. They should not just col­lect data, false or oth­er­wise, and then ig­nore it.

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