Affordable Housing in Stockport

Here's Labour's record so far. We set up Viaduct Housing Partnership as soon as we could after taking control in 2016. It's helping but not nearly enough. We will keep on building as many affordable rent and social rent homes as we can. Work should start on Booth Street anytime soon - another 47 affordable homes, some flats some houses. This is why we need Labour Councillors - proud of public sector housing.

Universal Credit

UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLL OUT DELAYED - BUT NOT SCRAPPED!
The Tories intend to plough on with UC even though they have had to call a halt to their own immediate plans while they sort out the mess they've made. Nobody seems to know what's happening. The delay causes even more uncertainty and worry for thousands of people in Stockport. Hang on to the contact numbers we have provided on this page and in our Labour Link currently being delivered, ready for when the Tories set another date. SCRAP IT WE SAY!

If you are facing eviction, rising debt or are concerned about how this change will affect you there is help and advice available - Citizens Advice Bureau 0300 3309 075 - DWP 0800 328 5644 (free to call) and Shelter Helpline 0808 800 4444 (free to call) - Emergency - 0808 1644 660 (free to call). Stockport Homes tenants can ring 217 6016. Nobody should live under the shadow of rising debt.

Eyesores in Edgeley and Cheadle Heath

All these privately owned properties are eyesores, some with planning permission and some just standing empty/undeveloped. We have asked the Council's Enforcement Officers to contact all the owners to find out when they intend to deal with these sites along Stockport Rd, Cheadle Heath and Bowdon St, Edgeley.
1.St Augustines, 2.Bow Garrett pub, 3.Lesley Wright House, 4.Kent Road/Stockport Rd 5.Greyhound pub, 6.House corner of Kent Rd/Stockport Rd.

Stockport Bowls Festival back in Alexandra Park

Absolutely great to see the Stockport Bowls Festival back in Alexandra Park, Edgeley. Now that two of the greens are fenced they are in very good condition and fit to play on. Local bowlers and visitors were enjoying a great day today and we were delighted to join them. The Festival lasts until Friday and matches start at 10.30 am each morning.

Friendly Fridays - now 6 months old

Friendly Fridays is 6 months old!
Friendly Fridays at the Rose Walker Centre, Essex Avenue, Cheadle Heath is exactly what it says - friendly and welcoming. Last Friday it celebrated its first 6 months. Over that time it has opened its doors to hundreds of local residents who come for a chat, a cuppa, to join in with some of the many activities or maybe once a month enjoy having their lunch cooked for them. Its a great asset to the local community and a great credit to everyone involved in setting it up and making it such a success. Open every Friday from 10am to 3pm.

Five-a-side football area brought back to life

The old, derelict five-a-side pitch in Cheadle Heath Park (Gorsey Bank as was) has been totally refurbished thanks to the efforts of the Community Payback Team. The programme of refurbishment was organised by Members of the CH Community Association based in the Rose Walker Community Centre. A fantastic job by everybody involved.

Irresponsible, anti-social, disgusting!

They're at it again! Fly-tipping at the gates to the allotments on Heathside Park Road. This time they tried to destroy the evidence by burning it, but didn't quite manage it. There is a burnt out fridge, wood, clothes and all kinds of rubbish. Residents on Kenilworth Road were worried when they saw the fire and one of them called out the Fire Brigade. So, this incident will cost everyone in Stockport money to clear plus the cost of bringing out the Fire Service. Officers will do all they can to trace the culprits - and then FINE THEM A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY!

Ups and Downs pub to be regenerated

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The Old Ups and Downs public house
At the Stockport Central Area Committee last night we discussed an application for the old Ups and Downs pub on Wellington Road. This application seeks planning permission for the change of use, partial demolition and the extension of a vacant four-storey building, formerly used as a nightclub and retail unit, to create a mixed-use commercial and residential development scheme comprising 14 apartments (9 one-bed apartments and 5 two bed apartments) and three, small, lower ground floor retail units (A1 shops or A2 financial and professional services).
The Committee gave approval for this application which would see an appalling eyesore in the middle of Stockport being regenerated.
You can see this application at:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/planning
The drawings are for illustrative purposes only

Stockport Sorting Office planning application

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Stockport Sorting Office - an eyesore to be converted.
At the Central Area Committee last night we also considered the conversion and external alterations to Stockport Sorting Office to accommodate 117 apartments over five storeys, with office and retail space on the lower floors. The application included a green, living wall and a roof garden for the use of residents. The Committee recommended approval and the application will now go to the Planning Committee for a decision. if you want more information you can see the full application on the Council's planning pages:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/planning
The drawings are for illustrative purposes only.

New picnic benches for Alexandra Park

Members of the Alexandra Park Friends Group trying out the new picnic benches next to the skatepark. Funding for the benches has come from contributions raised by Edgeley Community Church, a successful bid to the Airport Community Trust Fund by a Group member and through the local Councillors. A real community effort to provide yet more facilities for Alexandra Park. At a meeting last night plans were discussed for more community events in the park. If you want to know more about the Friends Group visit: www.facebook.com/thefriendsofalexandrapark or get in touch with us.

£1 million to repair potholes caused by bad winter

£1 million to repair the back log of potholes and prevent problems in the future.
Nearly a month ago Cllr Philip Harding asked for potholes to be reported to him. "In addition to the ones I had already reported, loads more locations were sent to me, all of them passed on". Clearly the current budget could not deal with the numbers so Stockport's Labour-led Council allocated £1 million as an invest-to-save project - investing in our roads to save money in the future. This is great news for local residents.

Springmount Mill - update

Update on Springmount Mill, Northgate Road.  Completion of the demolition of the building that borders Brinksway unfortunately means that Brinksway will have to close from 26th May 2018 for 6 days, with alternative routes being identified as Edgeley Road > Mercian Way > Shaw Heath > King St W > A5145 and vice versa. "I have asked for the work to be done as quickly as possible so that  the road is closed for as short a time as possible.  Just wanted to let residents know as soon as we knew" said Philip Harding. The site will be ready for development from the start of August.

Fantastic Skatepark event in Alexandra Park

Absolutely fantastic Skatepark Spring Jam at Alexandra Park organised by Alexandra Skatepark Association and the Friends of Alexandra Park. Massive congratulations to everyone involved. The park was full and a great day was had by all! Have a look at the ASPA's Facebook page to see how good the day was @AlexandraSkateparkAssociation. Our contribution was somewhat less energetic - selling raffle tickets!

Benefits for the environment and the community

Cllr Philip Harding said "We were delighted to support the Olive Cafe's commitment to helping the environment. Firstly by offering free tap water refills and secondly by committing to ending the use of plastic straws. The cafe has also joined the Community Toilet scheme. They are certainly making a difference to the environment and to the local community".

Afternoon tea at York Street Community Centre

York Street Residents Association invited us to their Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Well done to Lyn and Lynne and all the York Street Community Centre volunteers for a wonderful spread. The event raised £295 which the Association donated to the Wellspring. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Update on Hollywood Way roundabout work

UPDATE ON HOLLYWOOD WAY ROUNDABOUT WORK
After the chaos that occurred when a lane was closed on Hollywood Way bridge, Philip has been asking for night time working if lanes need to be closed to prevent such disruption happening again. This has now been agreed. Work on widening the carriageway is scheduled to commence on Saturday 19th May 2018. The work will include significant overnight working, 8pm to 5am on the nights of Monday to Friday, specifically those activities requi...ring lane closures on Hollywood Way and/or the roundabout. Works that can be carried out safely without the need for lane closures on Hollywood Way and/or the roundabout will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

We are also letting residents know that contractors working on behalf of Stockport Council will be painting the steel beam on the A6 bridge above Daw Bank and applying new render to the arch. This work is scheduled to take place over 5 nights from the 20th May and will require Daw Bank to be closed under the bridge between 8pm and 5am each night.

Springmount Mill

The very high winds earlier in the year that blew the roof off Springmount Mill on Northgate Road also damaged the building structure. The developers have now asked for permission to demolish the whole site. The plans remain identical to those previously recommended for approval except there would need to be reinstatement rather than retention. Re-use of the bricks and reconstruction of the facade would retain the character of the mill. The application for total demolition is going to Stockport Central Area Committee on the 19th April.

Shabby street signs

Broken, damaged or shabby street signs need to be repainted and or replaced.The signs on Caroline Street and Bulkeley street have been repainted and new signs ordered for Huntley Road. Also the replacement of a rusted give-way signpost has been ordered. "Please let us know if there are signs that need attention near where you live" said Philip Harding.  Email bailey.harding@ntlworld.com

Resurfacing Avondale Road has started

Good to see work started on resurfacing Avondale Road. It so needed it! If there are any problems while the work is progressing the Contracts Supervisor is Peter Deane and his mobile is 07764 337276 or let us know.

Booth Street housing development

This application now has planning permission and work should start in June/July. There will be at least 47 affordable homes."There is no doubt that we need these affordable homes but even these are out of the reach of many people. Councils should be able to build homes that can be let at social rents to help people, particularly young people, get access to accommodation"said Cllr Philip Harding.

Spring litter pick in Alexandra Park

A great afternoon in Alexandra Park last Sunday for the Keep Britain Tidy litter pick. The park was buzzing with the Multi Use Games Area, Skatepark and play area really busy. Another successful event organised by the Alexandra Park Friends Group, followed by the very welcome tea and cakes. The sun was shining and the bulbs planted last Autumn by the Friends Group and local residents, were starting to flower. Well done to everybody involved. Alexandra Park is looking good!

Roof blown off Springmount Mill, Northgate Road

The very high winds earlier in the year that blew the roof off Springmount Mill on Northgate Road also damaged the building structure. The developers have now asked for permission to demolish the whole site. The plans remain identical to those previously recommended for approval except there would need to be reinstatement rather than retention. Re-use of the bricks and reconstruction of the facade would retain the character of the mill. The application for total demolition is going to Stockport Central Area Committee on the 19th April.

Rumours about the return of Sale Sharks to Edgeley Park

There have been rumours about Sale Sharks returning to Edgeley Park so we are sharing the Council's statement made last week about this.

"Stockport Council is aware of a number of rumours about the relocation of Sale Sharks RUFC to Edgeley Park. Whilst the Council doesn’t comment on speculation, it wishes to make it clear that first and foremost it has an arrangement with Stockport County FC and would not seek to make any changes to this without the full consent of the club".

We totally agree with this. Edgeley Park is first and foremost the home of Stockport County Football Club.

New affordable housing in Edgeley

Absolutely delighted to open the 20 new affordable homes built on Bulkeley Street/Old Chapel Street. This development will provide 12 x 2 bedroomed houses 2 x 2 bedroomed adapted apartments and 6 x 1 bedroomed apartments. This is a development by Viaduct Housing, the Council's construction company in partnership with Stockport Homes. Looking forward to welcoming new residents to Edgeley. Labour housing policy in action! "This is a great new development for Edgeley and Cheadle Heath Ward" said Cllr Sheila Bailey. "We are very pleased to see Labour's housing policy in action providing much needed affordable homes".

Trees for Edgeley and Cheadle Heath

As part of plans to improve a range of transport junctions and roads around Stockport, Stockport Labour Council has identified funding to enable the planting of hundreds of new trees to replace lost or decaying specimens. The new trees will be located at sites across Stockport. A three year programme has been put in place that will see hundreds of trees planted, existing stumps removed and tree pits re-opened. This is an ambitious programme that will make huge inroads into the backlog of work needed throughout Stockport.  Stockport has approximately 16,000 highways trees and recent inspections have identified approximately 300 stumps, around 200 dead trees and 500 pits that require opening, where appropriate. Funds will be sought to complete the remainder of the work as soon as possible. Cllr Philip Harding said "This programme will see trees planted in Adelaide Road, Avondale Road, Chatham Street, Clyde Road,  Eldon Road, Northgate Road, Old Chapel Street, St Lesmo Road, Gee Street, Robinson Street, Carmichael Street and many more roads in Edgeley and Cheadle Heath. Altogether across Stockport nearly 800 trees will be planted. This is good for our local environment and will help to offset carbon emissions".