There are many informal footpaths that cross the site. These are used every day. The Moss was especially valuable to local people during the 2020 and 2021 national lockdowns during the COVID-19 global pandemic. A walk on the open spaces and through the mossy wet woodlands was a precious ritual for many during these difficult times.
Presently, the footpaths are not officially registered as Public Rights of Way although this can change if enough people make the correct representation to Cheshire East Council explaining that they have walked along a specific path in the Moss for however many years.
The mental and physical health benefits of access to nature is well known. Increasingly, medical research reveals that time spent in nature can significantly reduce a person’s risk of many diseases.
The Moss Estate which borders the proposed development site is one of the most economically deprived areas in Macclesfield. The people who live here should not have this incredible outdoor space taken away from them to enrich housing developers and the council.