Independent MACCLESFIELD • TYTHERINGTON • BOLLINGTON ALDERLEY EDGE • PRESTBURY • WILMSLOW • HANDFORTH • POYNTON • BRAMHALL • DISLEY • ALSAGER • BIDDULPH • CONGLETON • SANDBACH ISSUE 129 FREE CHESHIRE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @CheshireIndy FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER A £1.4million plan to boost Macclesfield town centre has been given the go-ahead with the hope it will spark further private investment in the area. The aim of the Castle Street revamp is to create ‘alfresco’ outdoor eating areas and to give greater priority to pedestrians. The news comes as plans to transform the Picturedrome on Chestergate into an AltrinchamMarket-style venue for artisan food stalls continue to progress. The street work will include high-quality paving and new street furniture and lighting as well as tree planting. Work will begin in March. Together with the recently opened TK Maxx on Castle Street, it is hoped the work will encourage further investment in neighbouring private prop- erty, such as Craven House. Town MP David Rutley has also revealed that another £5m is in the pipeline for more public realm improvements. And a team of experts has been appointed to help develop a new vision, strategy and ‘route map’ to deliver jobs and economic growth in the town centre. The town suffered a blow earlier this year when developer Ask pulled out of plans to build a cinema and leisure-led project on Churchill Way. Ainsley Arnold, council cabinet member for hous- ing, planning and regeneration, said: “I amdelighted to see the scheme on Castle Street progressing but equally delighted to see interest from the private sector in Macclesfield town centre. “I sincerely hope that the teambehind Altrincham Market progress with their proposals for the Pic- turedrome. Their track record of delivering bespoke developments, which breathe new life into heritage assets and provide something unique and highly desirable, is absolutely proven – as is the impact such developments can have in assisting regeneration.” Mr Rutley revealed another £5m investment in the public realm in the town at ameeting of business and community leaders. Little festive star shines Town to get a facelift LITTLEstarAlexDalewastopofthetreeinGreenbank’snativityplaybutonlyaftera lengthy debatewith the other Christmas decorations at the CheadleHulme school. 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 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 Green light for £1.4m scheme HAPPY NEW YEAR! TO ALL OUR READERS AND CUSTOMERS New look plan: Castle Street in Macclesfield