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Welcome to the revamped Macctastic newsletter! It's 12 months since Macctastic started its mission to change the impact Macclesfield has on the environment. 

Over the last year we have:
  • Developed a website
  • Worked with Macclesfield Town Council to develop a Sustainability Policy
  • Set up a Facebook page and a lively Facebook discussion group
  • Run a stall at Treacle Market twice and intend to be there again in November 2019
  • Begun to develop a constitution which enables us to present ourselves as a formal organisation and secure funding for future projects
  • Been a supportive environment for new initiatives to develop, such as the Zero Waste Project, which is exploring retail options within the town
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Total number of Macctastic meetings, including sub-groups and main group meetings
Number of members in the Macctastic Facebook Discussion Group, this continues to grow
Number of local businesses signed up to the Refill scheme, which means local people can have their reusable water bottles filled for free
**** Next Macctastic Meeting ****
Speaker and topic TBC
18th November, 
7:30pm, St Michael's Church, Macclesfield
autumn leaves on macclesfield street
This sub-group’s objective is to raise the profile of Macctastic with the local political establishment and lobby for policy action on Climate Change, both in Macclesfield and more widely.
To date, as a result of various face to face meetings: 
  • Introductions and lines of communication have been set up with key members and officers of the Town Council, Cheshire East and David Rutley MP
  • Links have been established with fellow eco groups Bollington and Wilmslow Transition and Congleton Sustainability Group to co-ordinate a common strategic approach and forming the Cheshire East Climate Alliance
  • A dialogue with Sam Corcoran fromCheshire East Council has been established and ideas and proposals have been submitted aimed at securing action on carbon reduction schemes within the borough and on the council’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025.
  • Macctastic members may be interested in responding to the CEC Climate Strategy Consultation.
rubbish and recycling bins

There have been numerous litter picking events around Macclesfield in the last twelve months. We have 14 regular volunteers. After one litter pick near Tesco in which 80kg of rubbish was collected, the group successfully persuaded the council to place a bin by the footbridge over the Bollin River. Tesco has agreed to routinely empty the new bin. The sub-group is looking at other opportunities for the council to team up with local businesses and are also keen to promote the new nationwide Deposit Return Scheme.

The main priorities of the group are to encourage more children to walk and cycle to school, to reduce congestion and air pollution and to make cycling a viable travel choice in the town. So far lines of communication are being set up with primary schools regarding sustainable travel plans, and with Councillor Suzie Akers-Smith about cycling in Cheshire East. The group is also due to meet other organisations to discuss a new cycle route from Macclesfield Town Centre to Alderley Science Park.
Next meeting: Wednesday 6th November
7.30 pm at the Park Tavern
School Strikes for climate change in macclesfield
Thanks to the determined effort of Eco Youth leader Esther Bird, schools from across Macclesfield have banded together to take part in five School Strikes for Climate. The most recent event attracted over 100 students and around 200 members of the public. About 15 students from five Macclesfield schools have regularly attended eight Eco Youth meetings so far. Other highlights for the group include attending a local event alongside Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and securing a grant from Kew Gardens. After coordinating the production and collection of eco-bricks from students and is now local people, the eco-brick flowerbed project made its debut at the Macclesfield Garden Festival and is now located at Tytherington School. Most recently, the Eco Youth group is creating its own website and hope to involve more schools and students. The group is also in talks with the Jordan Pearson Football Academy about another possible eco-brick project.
Next meeting: 9th October at St Michael's Church
mug library at treacle market macclesfield

Set up by Jess Robins to reduce the use of disposable cups, the Mug Library has become a regular feature at Treacle Market, appearing at the last nine events. It is well used and is now available for hire for functions and events. 
HELP WANTED: The trunk used for the mugs needs to be repaired. If anyone thinks they can help, please email muglibrary@macctastic.org

After making great progress initially and doing lots of research on similar schemes, this sub-group is on temporary hiatus while insurance issues are resolved and volunteer resources reviewed. If anyone would like to be involved in leading this sub-group, please email repairing@macctastic.org
Early stages of liaison with Macclesfield Town Council regarding the availability of sites for planting. If anyone would like to help developing this sub-group, please email pollinators@macctastic.org
Application made for ‘Plastic Free’ status for Macclesfield in conjunction with ‘Surfers Against Sewage’. This sub-group is looking for volunteers, please email plastic@macctastic.org
 
Contact us with enquiries or suggestions: admin@macctastic.org
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