Proposals for the Booth Street depot site

47 new homes and an 80 bed care home are being proposed for this site. All the homes will be affordable. A planning application is expected soon.

Cheadle Heath Sewage Works causing problems again.

The Digesters at the plant had a mechanical failure which caused the problem.

Over the last few months we have again  received several complaints from residents about odour from the sewage works.  "This is totally unacceptable and action is being taken" said Cllr Philip Harding.

We asked Council Environmental Health officers to visit the site and make it clear to UU that the situation must improve.  UU said there was a mechanical breakdown which resulted in a backlog of material waiting to be processed but they did not advise the Council, local Councillors or, more importantly, local residents.   Clear lines of communication have been set up and as part of this UU are sending out a letter to residents, apologising for the problems and the lack of communication.  They have provided a number to residents to call if there are problems.  The number is 0345 672 3723 quoting project number StockportWwTW"This should ensure that the complaint is dealt with quickly and the problem identified and recitified" said Cllr Philip Harding.

All tower blocks in Stockport given fire safety checks.

After the Grenfell fire every tower block in Stockport has been checked for fire safety.

York Street Flats and Hollywood Towers

Following the tragic Grenfell fire Cllr Sheila Bailey asked for immediate fire safety checks to be carried out on all Stockport's 22 tower blocks. 

Checks are being done by Professional Fire Safety Assessors and also by Greater Manchester Fire Service.  If there is any work needed it will be done.  Neither the York Street flats nor Hollywood flats are cladded but we asked for assurances about the rendering which is non-combustible and there is no cavity between the building and the render system on any of these blocks.  Cllr Sheila Bailey said "These checks should help to reassure residents.  In addition we are looking at the possibility of fitting sprinklers in the flats.  There is no doubt they save lives".

Alexandra Park Skate Park a huge success!

"It was a huge success" said Cllr Richard Coaton. "Everyone had a really good time.  All the hard work and commitment has paid off.  The skatepark is already providing a fantastic opportunity for young people to enjoy their sport".

The skatepark is free and open to all ages and all abilities.  You can find out more information about the skatepark  by visiting

Facebook@AlexandraSkateparkAssociation

THINK BIKE campaign launched

Cllr Harding with Roughley Bikers launching the THINK BIKE campaign.

Signs have been placed on strategic routes across Stockport. In 2015/2016, 24 motorcyclists were hurt on Stockport’s roads, 10 seriously injured and one killed. National road casualty figures indicate that whilst motorcyclists make up just 1% of road users, they account for 15% of killed and serious injuries.  Cllr Philip Harding said "This issue was first raised by a local resident and I am pleased to see Stockport is now part of the campaign.  Thank you to the Roughley Bikers for giving their support to this road safety initiative".

Cllrs Philip Harding and Richard Coaton taking part in the litter pick around Edgeley Reservoirs.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Across Stockport over 400 litter bags were distributed and 1.28 tonnes of rubbish were collected by Solutions SK, the Council’s street cleansing contractor, on Monday 6th March from various locations across the Borough. It was a great event and supported by up to half a million people across the country. Despite terrible weather 28 local residents turned out to litter pick around Alexandra Park and the reservoirs, an event organised by the Friends of Alexandra Park.

Black bin collection to stay two weekly.

Thank you to all those who have responded to the survey about whether black bins should move to a 3 weekly collection. Cllr Philip Harding said "Many residents have provided valuable suggestions about increasing recycling but do not feel that changing the frequency of the black bin collection would be acceptable". 

The Council's  own survey, carried out at the same time as the public consultation, showed there was little room to spare in the current black bin capacity.  Stockport's Labour Executive has decided NOT to proceed with this proposal and will instead campaign to increase the already good rates of recycling as much as possible.

Why has the bus shelter not been replaced?

The bus shelter has been missing for nearly three months.

The bus shelter at the junction of St Lesmo Road and Edgeley Road was damaged by a car last October.  We are STILL waitig for it to be replaced.  Cllr Philip Harding said "I contacted TFGM and was told that JC Decaux had run out of bus shelters!  This is totally unacceptable and, despite promising  replacement before Christmas it did not happen.  I have again chased this up with TfGM and am waiting for an update.  At a time of the year that the weather is at its worst, you would expect it not to take almost three months to replace a shelter".

UPDATE - the bus shelter has now been installed and we are now pressing for the seat that was damaged to be replaced. 

A helping hand

The Friends of Alexandra Park held a carol concert in the park on the 4th December which was attended by around 100 local people,  as well as the Affinity Choir!  As well as enjoying festive songs and mince pies (generously donated by Morrison's), people brought gifts of food and essentials for the Olive Branch Foodbank on Castle Street,  Edgeley. The Friends of Alexandra Park brought the gifts to the Branch, which was gratefully received by Chris Cheetham, volunteer at the Branch.
 
Jenny Collins, Chair of the Friends group said "It was wonderful to see the community come together to sing Christmas songs and we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people."
 
Chris Cheethsm from the Olive Branch said,  "We are thrilled to accept such a large donation and we are very thankful for the wonderful community spirit in this area. We hope to build stronger links with the Friends group in the future."
 
The next meeting of the Friends group is on Monday 9 January,  7pm, at the Pavilion on Alexandra Park. All welcome!
 

Friends of Alexandra Park

Members of the Friends Group at their stall on Castle Street.

The Friends of Alexandra Park had a very successful day with their stall at the Emergency Services Day on Castle Street.  Children were able to plant bulbs in pots and information about the new Friends Group was given out to a large number of people.  Cllr Philip Harding said "This group has really got off to a fantastic start and we wish it increasing success in the New Year".

 

NEW SKATEPARK ON THE WAY

Work has started on the new skatepark for Alexandra Park.  This is the culmination of nearly three years work by local young people, their parents, local Councillors, Stockport Council officers, and LifeLeisure staff.  It will provide a great space for young people (and maybe those not so young) and will encourage even more use of a park that is being revitalised day after day.

Cllr Philip Harding said "When this photograph was taken in the spring of 2013 after a temporary two day skatepark event in the park, the possibility of a permanent skatepark seemed like a distant dream.  But, no-body gave up and commitment and persistance has made it happen.  Congratulations to everyone involved".

BOOTH STREET TO RETURN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC

Work will start in October on returning Booth St to two-way traffic.  This is to help ease some of the congestion at the Greek St roundabout. There will also be traffic light controlled crossings over Mercian Way and Booth Street to make it easier for pedestrians to cross these roads.  Several new trees will be planted adjacent to the upgraded Mercian Way/Booth Street junction and alongside Mercian Way between Newton St and Greek St roundabout.

The work has now been completed.  Please let us know your views about the new traffic system.

HATS OFF TO STOCKPORT MILLENERS

Stockport Hat Works hosted the very first ‘Hat Share’ event on Saturday 16th July, an event which celebrated the achievements of millinery students who have been learning hat-making skills at the museum and embraced the cultural heritage of our borough.

Davenport and Cale Green Councillor Elise Wilson, after attending the event, said ‘Hat-making is a skill which you can’t learn anywhere else in Greater Manchester and which is such an important link to our history. The Hat Share was a fantastic opportunity for the students to showcase the amazing work they’ve been doing using hat-making techniques which Stockport remains world famous for.  I was privileged to attend alongside the family, friends and guests who came along to share in the success of the students completing their millinery courses.

Hat Works - Museum of Hatting

This award winning visitor attraction offers two floors of interactive exhibits taking you on a journey through the history of Stockport's once thriving hatting industry.  At Hat Works visitors can step back in time and experience the world of hatting from its humble beginnings in the cottage industry to the mass production of the early 19th century when hat manufacturing was a thriving industry with over 100 hat factories and businesses in the area.

Prices
Admission to the Hat Works is free.
Guided Tours: Adults £4.75, Concessions: £3.50, Accompanied Children under 16 FREE