LITTER PICK IN ALEXANDRA PARK

Cllr Richard Coaton joined local residents and PCSO Hayley Williams in Alexandra Park for a litter pick which resulted in 20 bags of rubbish being collected.

Well done to Hayley for arranging this and to everyone who helped.

SUMMER FAIR AT ST MATTHEW'S

Another fantastic Summer Fair at St Matthew's Church, Edgeley.  The church was packed all day with people enjoying book stalls, raffles, tombolas, a coconut shy.  Several local business provided raffle prizes including Life Leisure, Morrisons and the Alexandra Pub.  Rev. David Brewster said "There was a real buzz in the church all day.  We love bringing our community together, whatever the weather may throw at us".

More photos on our 2016 Photo Gallery page.

NEW INVESTMENT FOR PARK PLAY AREA

In a recent review of play areas Alexandra Park came out top of the list as being in need of replacement and upgrading of the play equipment.  Out of the £615k allocated by the Council, Alexandra Park will receive £80k.  Children from Alexandra Park Primary School told Cllr Sheila Bailey they and their friends used the play area a lot and were very excited about the improvements that will be made.  Cllr Bailey added "Good quality, safe play areas contribute hugely to the health and wellbeing of children.  The work will be done as soon as possible".

Cllr Bailey with children from Alexandra Park Primary School and School Business Manager, Emma Sorsby and School Admin.Officer, Joanne Lockett.

THE JAMES CONWAY AWARD FOR GOOD CITIZENSHIP

Stockport Academy Prizegiving

Many congratulations to Philip Cullen, Year 12, who received this award and voucher at the Academy's prizegiving in July.  The guest speaker for the night was Stuart Taylor who is the CEO of the Carers Trust – Stockport Academy is the only school in the country to be awarded the Gold level of the Young Carers Award.

* The James Conway Award is sponsored by the local Councillors and is in memory of James Conway, born in Edgeley, and who was one of the WW2 Cockleshell Heroes.

 

Roadworks on Stockport Road

Several residents have askd about the roadworks on Stockport Road. The work is in conjunction with the development of the new industrial park.  There needs to be a new access to the estate. There will be:

A new give-way junction on the A560 to the east of the existing Gorsey Bank Road;

A Toucan (pedestrian and cyclist) crossing between the new junction and Myrtle St with associated footway / cycleways; and

A new pedestrian refuge island on the A560 near the junction of Alder Grove

These improvements will make it a great deal safer to cross Stockport Road

EDGELEY RESERVOIRS - REPAIRS ORDERED FOR BENCHES

Following our request, Council Officers are obtaining a quote for the repair of all the benches around the Edgeley Reservoir.  This is a very popular area and the state of the benches is unacceptable.  We want to see repairs carried out as soon as possible.

Rio Carnival in Edgeley

Cllrs Philip Harding and Sheila Bailey joined children from St Matthew's school as they finished off a week of arts and crafts with a carnival parade to St Matthew's church. There they put on a fantastic display of singing and dancing.  They were accompanied by Stockport Academy's steel band.  Congratulations to teachers and pupils on a very colourful event.

Laburnum Way flooded

Laburnum Way, Cheadle Heath was one of several areas across Stockport that was flooded after torrential rain over the weekend of the 11th June.  Thanks to the Fire Service the water did not get into houses but it was close.   UU have since investigated their sewers and found one to be blocked and have cleared it.  The Council will be carrying out a full investigation into this and other areas to find out what needs to  be done to try and prevent floods happening again.

The Rose Walker Centre goes green!

The Rose Walker Centre, Cheadle Heath has been spruced up with a new coat of paint.  It had been badly in need of an uplift and, thanks to Carillion, this has now been done.  The Centre is now looking good inside and out.  If you want to know more about what goes on here please visit: www.cheadleheathcommunitycentre.com or contact any of the Edgeley and Cheadle Heath Councillors.

Work to start on new Industrial Park for Cheadle Heath

Aurora Industrial Park

Seddons will be starting work on this development in July.  The update meeting in Cheadle Heath for residents  around the site was very well attended.  We met with Seddon Managers and asked for regular updates. 

We have been advised that for several weeks at the beginning of the work there will be noise because of the need to compact the ground before building.  They have, however, promised to keep this to a minimum and contact details for the project manager will be on site.

Ed Wootton, Regional Director, Seddon
Sam Godsell, Project Manager, Seddon with Cllrs Philip Harding and Sheila Bailey

£80,000 to upgrade Alexandra Park Play Area

Alexandra Park Play Area to receive £80,000

In our last Labour Link we reported on our campaign to make sure that the Alexandra Park play area received the money the Parks Review said was urgently needed

This will now happen.

Cllr Sheila Bailey said "One of the first decisions taken by the new Labour Executive was to allocate money to play areas identified as being in real need.  Alexandra Park play area is one of these and £80,000 will be spent to replace and upgrade play equipment.  The Bowls Pavilion is being refurbished and the new skate park will be installed very soon". 

Alexandra Park

Cllr Sheila Bailey met with representatives of the bowlers and walkers who use Alexandra Park on a regular basis to discuss issues of anti-social behaviour and damage to the bowlng greens.  Some children and even some adults are causing damage to the greens by playing football, allowing dogs to foul on the greens, riding bikes and in some cases having a picnic and/or a barbeque!  A CCTV camera has been installed in the park and the police have access to the tapes.  We have asked for a record to be kept of incidents and the police will then follow this up by viewing the tapes. 

It would save everyone a great deal of time and money if children just used the play areas, pinicers used the picnic area between the park and the reservoirs and dog walkers kept their dogs on a lead around the bowling greens.  There is plenty of space elsewhere for dogs to be exercised. 

Cllr Sheila Bailey said "Parks have to be for everyone and it is thoughtless to spoil the enjoyment of the area for any one group of local residents".

Cheadle Heath Sewage Plant

Cllr Philip Harding on a previous visit to the plant to discuss problems.

Many local residents will remember the campaigns we ran in the 1990s because of odours from this plant and the subsequent investment of £33m by UU. Since then the complaints of odour have  dramatically reduced. However, there have been some complaints recently and Cllr Sheila Bailey and Cllr Philip Harding met with UU to express our concerns and ask what they intended to do to deal with the situation.   UU agreed to circulate a letter providing contact details if there is a problem.  The letter states:

"If in future you do notice strong odours please contact us straight away on 0845 309 4098 and let the customer advisor know that you are calling about Stockport wastewater treatment works.  We will take your details, including the time of the incident, and alert the site team. Once we are aware of an issue we will be sure to conduct thorough investigations at the works".

Stockport Council to buy Edgeley Park

Threatened with the loss of this iconic Stockport landmark, the Council took the necessary action to secure its future.  After a process of close investigation to establish no risk to tax payers, the Council intends to purchase the ground.

Cllr Philip Harding said "A football fan or not, no-one wants to see the loss of EdgeleyPark and the end of football being played there. This proposal has the support of all Parties on Stockport Council and we believe it was the right decision to make in the circumstances that faced the Club".

Safer number plates

PCSO Carolyn Gillott demonstrating to Cllr Philip Harding how to make car number plates much safer.

Number plates can be cloned or stolen from cars and used in other crimes.

To reduce this car number plates can be fitted with reversed screws.  The Police have carried out various "Safer Plates" events but they have been during the day.  We asked them to carry out an evening event which they did, on Morrisons car park, last week.  If you live in Edgeley or Cheadle Heath, were not able to get to this event and would like a set of screws for your number plates then contact Stockportwest@gmp.police.uk or let us know and we will pass on your details.

Cheadle Old Road Allotment Association

Cllr Philip Harding with Kieran McMahon, Patricia Scott and Graham McFarland at the official opening.

Access 4 All Gardening Project.

Cllr Philip Harding joined Kieran McMahon, Director of Disability Stockport and members of the Association to celebrate the opening of the new Access 4 All gardening project.  Kieran McMahon has given help and advice throughout the project.  After 2 years of preparation and work by Association volunteers and friends and with the help of a Community Payback Group from Greater Manchester Probation, there is now an accessible garden area for people unable to cultivate a traditional allotment plot.  There are raised beds, an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities, renovated benches and a greatly improved site. "This is a fantastic facility" said Cllr Harding "and I am sure it will be well used.  Congratulations to everyone involved".

Two tonnes of rubbish removed from the River Mersey

Some of the work to clear the river. For more photos see our "Events in pictures" page.

Earlier this year, Cllr Philip Harding raised the issue of rubbish in the River Mersey and the need to get as much cleared as possible.  With the help of Council Officers, the Environment Agency, Community Payback and SolutionsSK on the 19th June two tonnes of rubbish were removed from the river. Due to safety of the teams, high banking in parts of the river and the position of weirs which created additional hazards it was not possible to clear the entire length.   "This was a great effort by all concerned" said Cllr Harding.  "More needs doing but this was a fantastic start".

York Street Residents Association Funday 22nd June

Another success for the Residents Association.  There were stalls, games, a bouncy castle, a climbing wall and refreshments.  The day attracted a huge number of people and was a credit to the organisers Lyn Ellis, Denise Butterworth and Lorraine Hough (seen here with Cllrs Richard Coaton and Philip Harding).

New Toddler Group opens

Cutting the ribbon! Cllr Philip Harding with Kellie Mears, her mum and some of the group's first customers!

On the 12th June a brand new local Toddler Group - Funky Tots - opened at the Avondale Recreation Centre, Heathbank Road, Cheadle Heath.  Initially it will be every Wednesday 12.45 to 2.30pm at a cost of £2 per family.  Cllr Philip Harding said "I was delighted to be asked to open this new play group and would like to congratulate Kellie Mears on setting it up.  The children I saw there that morning were having a great time. I am sure it will be very well used".

Great two-day event in Alexandra Park

Cllr Philip Harding with Matt Brewster, Sam Peters, James Cretney and Owen Peters who are all campaigning for local skateboarding facilities.

After being lobbied by young people in Edgeley and Cheadle Heath we raised funding to provide two days free skateboarding facilities in Alexandra Park.  The event was a huge success with over 200 young people attending over the two days.  We are now looking for ways to make this kind of facility available on a more permanent basis.  We would like to thank Life Leisure (Stockport Sports Trust for their support in setting this up).  Cllr Harding said "It is clear from what we have seen that there is a need for this kind of sporting facility.  There was a wide range of age groups with youngsters using skateboards, scooters, skates and bikes. A good two days".

Cheadle Old Road Allotment Association Funday

Patricia Scott and members of the Association with Cllr Philip Harding and Cllr Richard Coaton

This event took place today, 8th June, and was a great success.  The weather was fantastic and a huge number of people turned out to visit the stalls, have a look at the garden sculptures, listen to the steel band and have a very pleasant day.  Details about the Allotment Association are on our Community Links page. Cllr Richard Coaton said "This was a fantastic day and very much enjoyed by all the visitors.  Congratulations to everyone involved".