Once again the Make it Macclesfield Breakfast welcomed a wide range of speakers on topics from transport and planning through to charity and branding. For those unable to attend here’s a brief overview:
The structure of the Make it Macclesfield Forum was explained and a call put out for new sub-group members and chairpersons of the various groups. Current groups include:
- Communication & Visitor Economy
- Town Centre regeneration
- Finance & Governance
- Silk Quarter Development
- Wider Economy
- Heritage & Culture
- Local Area Partnerships
If you’d like to join a group or find out more please get in touch via: email@example.com
If you’re not able to commit to join a group but would still like to be involved, please do get in touch as there are a number of areas for which we’re keen to recruit volunteers – this could be reporting on local events, designing posters or researching activities. Again the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make it Macclesfield also explained next steps for the brand and highlighted sponsorship opportunities as the planned merger with Canalside Community Radio takes shape. If you’re keen to find out more about sponsorship packages please contact: Keith Townley on 01625 576689 or email@example.com
Cheshire East Planning team explained that discussions are still underway on the Wilson Bowden Development – a full update is promised for the November meeting but CEC reaffirmed their commitment is to get any development right for Macclesfield.
Councillor Michael Jones explained that the Macclesfield Town Strategy is now open for comment and invited attendees to spread the word to ensure that any decisions taken about Macclesfield involved a large cross section of the community. Leaflets are available in the library and also online.
Councillor Ken Edwards also highlighted the governance review for Macclesfield which will ask the people of Macclesfield to decide if the establishment of one or more town/parish councils; area committees; neighbourhood management; residents associations or community forums are the preferred route for Macclesfield moving forward.
First Group’s Richard Parry offered reassurance to attendees regarding train frequency, prices and improvements to trains and stations as First take on the west coast mainline contract as of December. First is looking to set up a working group to ensure the needs of the Macclesfield commuter are met. More details as they are released.
Pete Pealing from Peaks & Plains Housing Trust offered an insight into the highly popular Wheels 2 Work scheme which offers a vital service to those who’ve recently found employment but would otherwise struggle to get there.
Fiona Beesley from East Cheshire Hospice shared details about forthcoming fundraising events including Cheshire Art Show & Hike the Hill, detailing how to get involved to raise the £6,000 per day that this vital resource needs. www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk
Amanda Fazelynia updated the group on the success of Love Local Life and how this has spread to other towns in Cheshire since its Macclesfield launch. Businesses / Individuals not yet signed up should do so via: www.lovelocallife.co.uk
The next Make it Macclesfield Breakfast takes place on Friday 23rd November, to reserve your place email: firstname.lastname@example.org