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Barlow's Beef: Surely it's time we gave independents an opportunity?

Barlow's Beef: Surely it's time we gave independents an opportunity?

Do you remember the withdrawal of community bobbies following the 'police officers on the street don't catch criminals' mantra of the early 80s? You will…
Barlow's Beef: Handforth residents are not easily duped

Barlow's Beef: Handforth residents are not easily duped

If you knew you were going to upset the company on whom you relied for your employment, you would probably think very carefully about it. You'd want to…
Barlow's Beef: Do you recall The Big Society?

Barlow's Beef: Do you recall The Big Society?

Do you recall The Big Society; education, education, education; we are all in this together and the catastrophic Weapons of Mass Destruction? Are we now…
Reader's Letter: Woodman, woodman, spare that tree

Reader's Letter: Woodman, woodman, spare that tree

When you walk down the steps, from London Road, into the park, you would until a few days ago have seen, on your left, an area of brush. Bush and bramble…
Barlow's Beef: Another smack in the face for Wilmslow residents

Barlow's Beef: Another smack in the face for Wilmslow residents

Sometimes I wonder if there is any point trying to comprehend any decision Cheshire East make. 'Huge disappointment as town's views have been ignored…
Barlow's Beef: When is a 'saving' not a 'saving'

Barlow's Beef: When is a 'saving' not a 'saving'

Do you remember those childish riddles we loved as kids? When is a door not a door etc.? I was reminded of them when I saw this week's statement from…
Reader's Letter: A housing shortage?? Don't think so!

Reader's Letter: A housing shortage?? Don't think so!

The rape of north Cheshire East's, and Wilmslow's and Handforth's, Green Belt will be unchecked thanks to the continuing disregard of the real facts of…
Barlow's Beef: What will be the diet fad of 2017?

Barlow's Beef: What will be the diet fad of 2017?

I bumped into the 20 year-old daughter of an ex neighbour today. We stopped and chatted about families and who was doing what. She's always been a pretty…
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Reader's Letter: An accident waiting to happen

Reader's Letter: An accident waiting to happen

Recently, and not for the first time, I was almost knocked down by a car when I was in the middle of a particular Pelican crossing in Wilmslow. I use…
Barlow's Beef: Trump That!

Barlow's Beef: Trump That!

I watched the inauguration of President Obama in 2009 mesmerised by his soaring oratory of hope and optimism. I knew then Barak Obama would be a very…
Barlow's Beef: Give us the money or else is not a discussion

Barlow's Beef: Give us the money or else is not a discussion

David Keane the police and crime commissioner for Cheshire is urging residents to join the 'discussion on police funding. We have until Jan 24th to express…
Barlow's Beef: What exactly is a 'garden village'?

Barlow's Beef: What exactly is a 'garden village'?

Macclesfield General Hospital is bursting at the seams. Last week they made an appeal for people to stay away from A&E unless they have a dire emergency.…
Barlow's Beef: What's the difference between CEC and a dormouse?

Barlow's Beef: What's the difference between CEC and a dormouse?

'Huge disappointment as town's views have been ignored in Local Plan,' screamed our Wilmslow headline on Dec 21. Councillor Keith Purdom for the Wilmslow…
Reader's Letter: Are modern cars not fitted with indicators?

Reader's Letter: Are modern cars not fitted with indicators?

I know this was published couple of years ago but we seem to have a lot more cars on the road with NO Indicators. Is it an optional extra, or are they…
Barlow's Beef: Greed is the word is the word..

Barlow's Beef: Greed is the word is the word..

So what do you wish for in the coming year? New house, better job, lottery win? Personally I'm hoping to see some reflection on to the constant striving…
Barlow's Beef: The old boy network is dead it's time to bring on the girls

Barlow's Beef: The old boy network is dead it's time to bring on the girls

What an incredible year 2016 turned out to be. Having spent half my life in the USA I thought I understood the culture well enough to predict the obvious.…
Barlow's Beef: Let us all hold hands

Barlow's Beef: Let us all hold hands

Ten years ago a good friend, more experienced in the world of politics than I, expressed a view that democracy was slowly evaporating. He truly believed…