MACCLESFIELD • TYTHERINGTON • BOLLINGTON ALDERLEY EDGE • PRESTBURY • WILMSLOW • HANDFORTH • POYNTON • BRAMHALL • DISLEY • ALSAGER • BIDDULPH • CONGLETON • SANDBACH ISSUE 128 FREE CHESHIRE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @CheshireIndy FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER Independent Let us help. With great advice, home style, measure and planning service, plus quality fitting of top brands and designs. You will be glad you did. Visit our showroom: Tuesday to Saturday Thornycroft Farm | Pexhill Road | Siddington | Cheshire | SK11 9JN | T: 01260 224445 Flooring & Carpets Alternative Flooring, Bronte, Brintons, Ulster, Jacaranda, Cormar, Adam, Axminster, Telenzo Carpets, Crucial Trading, JAB, Ted Todd and more…. Modern & Traditional Carpets Natural Wood Flooring Laminate Flooring Stair Runners & Rods Luxury Vinyl Tiles Bespoke Rugs & Runners WORK is underway to deliver state-of-the-art facilities as part of a new £60million development for the King’s School in Macclesfield. The 80-acre Derby Fields development is expected to be completed in May 2020. • Full story page nine A RETHINK on contro- versial proposals to move mental health beds from Macclesfield to Chester has been announced after a community campaign saw thousands oppose the plan. Health chiefs had looked to move beds from the Millbrook Unit at Macclesfield Hospital to an expanded facility at the Bowmere Hospital in Chester. But that led to major con- cerns that the only adult mental health beds in Chesh- ire East would be lost, with patients and families facing a near 90 mile round trip. The town’s MP David Rut- ley, Congleton MP Fiona Bruce and Esther McVey, who represents Tatton, joined forces to oppose the plans and met the thenHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt to raise their “strong concerns”. Those concerns were shared by East Cheshire Mental Health Forum and a petition was signed by 4,000 people as a community campaign was launched to keep the beds in the town. Now it has been Victory in beds battle! Rethink over mental health changes United front: Cheshire East’s MPs took their concerns to the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier this year revealed that mental health inpatients unit inMacclesfield will close next year – but most patients will not have to travel to Chester. NHS commissioners have agreed to move the inpatient beds for adult mental health patients from the Millbrook Unit to Lime Walk House in Macclesfield. The move is part of plans that include investments into a 24-hour crisis support service, com- munity beds, therapy and home treatment. Under the newplans 15 beds will be available for dementia patients and 26 made avail- able for adult mental health patients at Lime Walk House. There will also be up to six local short stay crisis beds in the wider community. Macclesfield MP David Rutley has welcomed the rethink. He had urged local health chiefs “to develop more acceptable proposals”. He said: “I am grateful to local health service leaders for listening to the clear strength of public opinion in north-east Cheshire, which I strongly represented in regular meet- ings with them. The improved new proposals that have been put forward would see vital inpatient mental health beds for adults stay inMacclesfield, where they deserve to be. “I also pay tribute to East Cheshire Mental Health Forum, whose active and effective campaigning has been crucial.” NHS Eastern Cheshire, South Chesh- ire and Vale Royal clini- cal commissioning groups (CCGs) started a public consultation on their plans this spring, explaining that the Millbrook Unit was no longer fit for purpose. The CCGs are aiming for the new mental health service to be operational by October next year. Community beds and improvements to crisis support will be in place before Millbrook is closed. Dr Paul Bowen, chairman of Eastern Cheshire CCG, Dr Jonathan Griffiths, chair- man of Vale Royal CCG, and Dr Andrew Wilson, who chairs South Cheshire CCG, released a joint state- ment on the new proposals. It said: “We have been giving full consideration to public feedback during the three-month consultation.” SILVERTOWN TAXIS Need to get from A–B? More than two of you? Share a taxi and count your savings! Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! All fares worked out from point of pick up to point of drop – including fares within Bollington, Prestbury and other areas. 4-8 seater Taxis, Private Hire and Wheelchair-friendly Vehicles available Airport transfer service ~ Wedding transport ~ Courier services ~ Corporate accounts Telephone Silvertown Call-a-Car on 01625 614617 Agents for radio-controlled vehicles Fit for King’s Sol relishes Silkmen’s challenge: full story back page WIN SEE PAGE 10 DINNER FOR TWO AND A BOTTLE OF HOUSE WINE AT THE BRIDGE HOTEL, PRESTBURY