Cheshire East refuse to reveal details of Macclesfield redevelopment deal

Despite an appeal by campaign group Wake up Macclesfield under the Freedom of Information Act, Cheshire East Council are still refusing to disclose details on the agreement between the council and their town centre development partners, Wilson Bowden. Wake up Macclesfield lodged the appeal following the council’s refusal of the group’s original request in October 20-12.

Cheshire East responded to our appeal by sending copies of documents with all the significant information blacked out“Cheshire East responded to our appeal by sending copies of documents with all the significant information blacked out.” explained Wake up Macclesfield spokesperson, Beverley Moore.

“It’s clearly in the public interest for us to know if the council is exposing itself to financial or other risk, yet the missing sections include the details on financial implications, legal implications, and risk assessment. Worryingly, the council have even covered up wording relating to car parking and to fears the development will pull people away from the traditional heart of the town.”

The group have now taken the case to the Information Commissioner. They hope to get a judgement in time to force the council to release information so people can make informed comments before the issue goes to the council’s planning committee in March or April 2013.

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