News in Macclesfield

Jo Maitland, Bollington - Picture with permission of Lauren Stout.

"We are being bombarded daily with shocking news stories about our government Ministers, and those serving them. From illegal, or at least ill-advised, parties to fake news accusations from the dispatch box there seems no end to it."

"As a local councillor I find myself musing on how important is it that as public servants every one of us from the lowest tier of local government to the Prime Minister upholds standards of good behaviour? What does how we behave say to those who put us in office, and what right do we have to make decisions on their behalf without those standards?

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Macclesfield: Where have all the grit bins gone?

The first thing to address about gritting is that no one wants to remove roads from gritting. I remember growing up when it seemed all roads were gritted, including side streets and pavements, with grit bins widely distributed on street corners for people to do it themselves if needed but that's long gone and I wince seeing people struggle to walk down icy paths or cars sliding on residential streets, as it turns out this year has been mild so far but how long will that last?

Years of cost-cutting under the austerity policies of successive Conservative governments must be a coincidence, it's also a coincidence that it's affecting other local authorities in the North. So we need to ask why are some roads being removed now, why the change? It's because winter gritting is now linked to the Well Managed Highways Infrastructure (WMHI) guidance, issued by the government's department for transport in October 2018 after advice from the chartered institute of highways and transport UK road liaison group.

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Macclesfield: The sinkhole as it was in October, before work resumed on the site.

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Yesterday I read our councillors letter and I was shocked how he denied his responsibility and say Riparian rights are basically when your land adjoins a watercourse or has a watercourse flowing through or within it, then you are responsible for it.

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Road is reopened: Ashley Farrall poses with resident Ronnie Biggar.

Since 2018, Macclesfield residents of Ryle and Hobson Street have had to deal with the stress and worry brought about by the appearance of sinkholes on their streets, but now they can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

After being elected in 2019, my fellow Central Ward Councillor Liz [Braithwaite] and I have been relentlessly trying to pry information away from the Cheshire East Council's highways maintenance, provided by a private company Ringway Jacobs who was given a 15-year contract in 2018 under the Conservatives administration.

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Macclesfield Central councillor Ashley Farrall has condemned tax strategy from Rishi Sunak's budget last week.

OPINION: Just weeks after the Government raised National Insurance contributions for millions of working people across the country, they've now delivered a £5 billion Council Tax bombshell that will cripple households across the country.

Hidden away in the Chancellor's Budget documents is the proposal that there will be a 2% rise in Council tax PLUS an additional 1% rise in the Social Care precept – taking the overall rise to 3%.

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The Cheshire East Mayor with local business leaders, Councillors, Council staff and Jacqui Wood who produced the "A love letter to Macc" poem.

For more than three decades our town centre has been neglected and left to decline by previous Conservative-led Council administrations.

They lacked a vision for Macclesfield which resulted in several failed schemes costing millions in consultation fees that never left the consultant's notepad or the architect's drawing board.

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