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Feb 2014: The state of play

As High Streets go into freefall and even Christmas is now dominated commercially by online sales; and as Debenhams hits the news with poor performance figures, Cheshire East Council is still committed to its major Macclesfield town centre development, centring on a Debenhams, a multiplex cinema, a multi storey car park and a whole pile […]

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Adopt a Tub

Your chance to help brighten up the town centre. The Macclesfield Guild and Chamber of Trade have supplied and been maintaining 17 floral pots and planters around the town.  Now they’re looking for help and asking for individuals or businesses to adopt a tub.  Plants will be supplied, so all you need to do is […]

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Are we about to lose our chance to vote on governance for Macclesfield?

We’ve just heard that a decision about the future of governance for Macclesfield could be made at a council Community Governance Review sub-committee meeting tomorrow morning, Wed 16th October. Citing the low levels of public response to the governance consultation earlier in the year, the governance sub committee paperwork indicates that committee members have the […]

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Secretary of State rejects call in request

The Secretary of State has rejected our request for him to consider the application.  This means the planning meeting decision holds and the development can now proceed. Read our request Read the response This is disappointing but not unexpected. The concept of ‘localism’ does not appear to extend to actually listening to local people. There […]

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Have your say about governance for Macclesfield

Macclesfield is the only area in Cheshire East which is now “unparished”.  This means that whereas even the smaller villages around the area have a body to represent them, Macclesfield does not.  This means that not only are decisions affecting us  made by councillors who do not represent us and do not know the town, […]

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3,000 objections lodged

Email sent to all councillors 2/6/2013 Dear Councillor This email from a council officer in response to a point made by a member of the public confirms that over 3,000 objections to the Silk Street plans have been received. “Please note that whilst your comments will be taken into consideration, it is not Council policy […]

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Decision Date Allows no Time for Public Scrutiny of Critical Information

Letter sent to Council Leader Michael Jones on 24th May and copied to all Cheshire East councillors. No reply received as yet. Dear Councillor Jones We note the 12th of June has now been confirmed as the date for the Strategic Planning Board meeting at which a decision on the Macclesfield Silk Street plans will […]

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A Chance for CEC to Rebuild Public Trust?

Email sent to councillors 21/5/2013 Dear Councillor You may be aware that Wake up Macclesfield had complained to the Information Commissioner following Cheshire East’s refusal to release information relating to the proposed Macclesfield town centre redevelopment. The Information Commissioner has ruled that Cheshire East must disclose all the information requested or appeal within 35 days, […]

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What cost ‘vibrancy’?

Email sent to all councillors on 17th May 2013. Dear Councillor Wilson Bowden representatives are quoted in the press saying the proposed development would bring new vibrancy to Macclesfield. They do not mention that it would destroy existing community activities that bring genuine vibrancy into the town. Here are the local RSBP Wildlife Explorers (RSPB […]

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Hurdsfield candidates speak out

Here’s what the candidates say. Stephen Broadhead, Liberal Democrats:  Against the development.  Pledges to help protect independent stores. Steve Carter, Labour: Against the development: “Retail has changed so much in the past twenty years as more people buy online…Macclesfield is a great small business environment and this should be preserved. Let’s keep Macclesfield’s old fashioned […]

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