ARAG has only just learned that the Strategic Panning Board will meet at Macclesfield on Thursday 23rd January (TOMORROW) and they will be considering an officer’s recommendation to Approve the Rhodes Field application (13/3032C) for 110 houses.

ARAG had checked the Cheshire East web site a little over a week ago; which showed that the meeting scheduled for the 15th January had been cancelled and the next scheduled meeting was 5th February 2014. If two of ARAG’s officers had not been attending Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, and listening to the Agenda item for Cheshire East Councillor’s reports, we would still be ignorant of the fact.

We have approached Councillor Derek Hough, who is Vice Chairman of the Strategic Planning Board, and offered to Post details of any meetings which include Alsager sites if he will inform ARAG as soon as he is notified of any such meetings by Cheshire East.

Of equal concern; is that two of our senior officers are attending a very important meeting, which cannot be rearranged at such short notice, one is out of the country and the other out of the county. Councillor Fletcher is registered to speak and we are working to get a member of the public available to speak but that could still leave us short on our usual contingent of speakers.

We are appalled that Cheshire East is behaving in this way.