Barclays Branch in Hazel Grove to Close

Unfortunately, Barclays Bank tell us that their branch in Hazel Grove will close on Friday 7th December.

Banks now have to consult with customers and the community before the branch actually closes – please let us know if this will affect you badly and we can pass on your comments to Barclays.

It is really disappointing to hear of another bank closure making it more difficult for customers.  The nearest branch left will be in Stockport town centre (1 Bridge St, Stockport SK1 1XU) but for some people other branches in Marple and Bramhall may be more convenient and are only slightly further away.

On a slightly better note, customers will still be able to pay in cheques and cash at the post office inside Asda.

We are writing to Barclays to let them know how disappointed we are and if the decision is final or if anything can be done to change it.  With a lot less people using local branches especially now that many people are now using their phones and computers to manage their bank accounts it seems that in many places the closures of branches is becoming a complete crisis with many people really struggling to cope travelling to distant branches.

Personally, I would like to see the government back a scheme of shared branches across all the banks so that no one is left without any access to a local branch and the services they provide.  Costs could be split across all the banks based on the number of customers they have around the country.

I am also suggesting that the bank might help some people to set up their phones for banking before the branch closes.

Hazel Grove Library Closing Temporarily in September

Hazel Grove Library  will be closed between Monday 17th September 2018 date and Thursday 20th September 2018 while they install self-service technology.

 The Library will reopen on Friday 21st September 2018.

 You can renew Library items online or borrow ebooks and eaudiobooks via our web pages :Look for, reserve or renew an item – Stockport Council

 The nearest alternative Library is Great Moor, not far from the A6, but you can visit one of our other Libraries if more convient. Details of locations can be found here – https://www.stockport.gov.uk/about-your-library/opening-times-and-locations

A Summer of Great Events in Stockport

Here’s just a taste of what’s happening:

Stockport Play Day (1st August) – head to Torkington Park for a day of family fun as Stockport takes part in the national Playday initiative. Activities will include a hay maze. cardboard city, football skills, face painting and much more.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic (4th August) – come and join in the picnic at Merseyway. Children can bring their favourite bear and make their own picnic to enjoy. There will be a host of activities for families throughout the day including face painting, balloon modelling, lawn games and Spot the Honey Pots in the maze.

Merseyway Maze (4th – 17th August) – head into the Merseyway Maze and make your way through all the twists and turns as you compete with family and friends whilst trying not to get lost!

Family Tours at the Hatworks (7th August) – find out all about Stockport and its famous hats on this popular tour and get a chance to try your hand at making a piece of felt. Booking essential. Admission: £5 per child and £2 for accompanying adults.

Crime and Punishment at Staircase House (16th August) – discover gruesome deeds and how the guilty were punished between 11am and 12 noon. Suitable for ages 7+. Admission: Children under 16 are free, £5 for adults and £3.75 for concessions.

Classic Car Show (12th August) – with a wide range of vintage cars and motorcycles on show, this is the perfect day out for all car enthusiasts in Stockport’s Market Place.

Meet the Air Raid Warden at the Stockport Air Raid Shelters (21st August) – come and brave the darkened tunnels as you go back in time and experience the life of a child during the war between 11:00am and 12:30pm.

Emergency Services Day (23rd August) – come and meet all the heroes from our emergency services in St Peter’s Square between 12 noon and 4pm.

Roughley’s Bike Show (26th August) – with motorbikes, entertainment for all the family and promising a great day out, Roughley’s bike show returns to Stockport this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Bramall Hall offers daily free activities for children throughout the holidays, including Knights and Dragons events, brass rubbing, family tours and Tudor Tuesdays, all of which are a great way for young visitors and families to explore the Hall. All free with standard admission.

Weekly storytime events across libraries in the borough. Suitable for pre-school children.

At the same time all of Stockport’s regular, popular events will also be taking place as usual. So why not come along to Stockport Market Place and enjoy Foodie Friday (27th July & 31st August), the Book & Record Fair (5th August), the Makers Market (11th August) and Vintage Village (12th August).

And for those wanting to enjoy the summer sun, why not head to one of the many great parks available across Stockport.

Find out more about all of these events as well as others taking place at by using the councils online events calendar at: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/events

Proposed Bus Route Changes (372/373)

TfGM will be reporting a number of proposals to change subsidised bus services to the July 6th Committee meeting.

The proposed major changes are to service 372 (Stockport – Woodsmoor – Stepping Hill – Torkington – Hazel Grove).

The proposal is to maintain an hourly service on the busiest section of service 372 (between Stockport, Midland Road estate and Woodsmoor) with the section between Stepping Hill, Torkington and Hazel Grove replaced by new service 373.

Service 373 – Would operate hourly between Stockport and Stepping Hill (replacing that section of service 173) and extend to Torkington and Hazel Grove (replacing that section of service 372.)

Service 373 provides a more direct link to Stockport for residents of Torkington and Hazel Grove as well as providing much requested later journeys for them and to and from London Road (south of the Rising Sun), journeys that were lost when (Cheshire East Council) service 391 was revised in April 2018.

If you have any concerns, please contact your new Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Ankers via [email protected]

th Committee meeting.

The proposed major changes are to service 372 (Stockport – Woodsmoor – Stepping Hill – Torkington – Hazel Grove).

The proposal is to maintain an hourly service on the busiest section of service 372 (between Stockport, Midland Road estate and Woodsmoor) with the section between Stepping Hill, Torkington and Hazel Grove replaced by new service 373.

Service 373 – Would operate hourly between Stockport and Stepping Hill (replacing that section of service 173) and extend to Torkington and Hazel Grove (replacing that section of service 372.)

 Service 373 provides a more direct link to Stockport for residents of Torkington and Hazel Grove as well as providing much requested later journeys for them and to and from London Road (south of the Rising Sun), journeys that were lost when (Cheshire East Council) service 391 was revised in April 2018.

If you have any concerns, please contact your new Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Ankers via [email protected]

Friends Of Torkington Park News

The group are holding a Secret Garden Concert on 22nd July, between 2-4pm, costing £3.50 with Hazel Grove Brass Band.  If you want tickets before the event send a request to the [email protected] and they will endeavour to get them to you if your address is local, you can also pay on the day.

The next Friends Of Torkington Park meeting is on the 27th June 2018, 7pm at the Bowling hut.

The next task day is on the 14th July as Hazel Grove carnival is on the 7th July. This usually starts about 10am near the Bowling Hut too. Activities usually vary for all abilities, but it will be gardening work. They are a friendly bunch with a cuppa included.

Become a Community Reserve Volunteer?

Stockport Council is joining the British Red Cross and Aviva in calling on people across the borough to sign up to a new scheme called community reserve volunteers.

The British Red Cross community reserve volunteer scheme wants local people to work together as a team during major emergencies, such as flooding, fires and power failures.

The volunteers don’t need any specialist skills and will be called in if crisis strikes in their area. It’s quick and easy to sign up online and community reserve volunteers will be contacted by text if there is an emergency in their community they could help with.

They will undertake vital jobs like packing food parcels, blowing up airbeds for rest centres and filling sandbags in times of flooding. They’ll work in small teams led by an experienced Red Cross volunteer who will ensure that the teams are well supported and directed.

The call for people to sign up comes after the British Red Cross experienced one of the busiest years since WWII, assisting 9,300 people in more than 1,500 emergencies across the UK in 2017, including terror attacks in London and Manchester, and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Residents can find out more and sign up to be a British Red Cross community reserve volunteer scheme at www.redcross.org.uk/reserves

Melford Road Unauthorised Occupations

We have seen a series of unauthorised occupations in Melford Road by various different groups of travellers over the years but hopefully there will be an end to the problem soon with the council to make extensive changes to the site – more below.

The last year has seen probably more than ever and we have an occupation by a number of people at the moment.

The End of Melford Road Has Wide Open Streets – Google Street View

Every visit is unpleasant for local businesses and residents, especially those closest in Kyle and Tannock Roads, with the physical mess that they leave behind, the feeling of intimidation that their presence can cause for some and the worry of crime in the area that some feel may come with their presence.

Stockport council have a great team of people that deal with these incursions, along with the police. As soon as it is reported to them they go to visit to assess the level of the problem and then follow a strict legal process to remove them. It is difficult to assess the total cost to Stockport when you add up all of the staff, police, court time and other costs but it really adds up for every visit.

The Removal Process

Often travellers will move on within two weeks but sometimes it can take longer. The first delay can be welfare needs of any travellers present, for example children that are not well. Stockport council has to follow legal procedures in this respect to ensure that these immediate welfare needs are met. As frustrating as it can be seeing travellers stay any longer officers have to respect these needs.

Once it is clear that immediate welfare needs are ok then the formal legal process can be followed from the Criminal and Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

Travellers are issued with a Section 77 notice from this act that directs them to leave within 24 hours.

Unfortunately some groups ignore these notices and the council then has to apply to the Magistrates’ Court for a Section 78 Order of this act. This takes a few days longer but it can then be enforced.

While everyone in the council works hard to keep the process running as quickly as possible, they must follow national laws.

Future Prevention

As part of the A6MARR scheme Hazel Grove received a sum of money for complementary measures because we will see a small decrease in traffic though the town when the road opens. This money can be spent on transport related improvments. As the travellors park on the public highway we can use some of this money on measures to prevent the illegal occupation problem.

We wrote about the complementary measures in an earlier post here:

The changes to be made at Melford road include improvements to the pavements and installation of barriers which will restrict unauthorised access while allowing local businesses to continue to operate.

Frightening Effects of Not So Savvy Government Cuts

One of our local charities, Stockport Action for Voluntary Youth or SAVY, is closing its doors in March after nearly 30 years of helping local young people.

Due to ever more austerity from the Tory government and the savage cuts to local government funding SAVY can no longer get core funding that would allow it to keep running safely.

We also here of constant anti social behaviour (ASB) here in Hazel Grove where the police simply do not have the resources to deal with it quickly and effectively. The recent Lib Dem crime survey showed large numbers of people have suffered from ASB and are worried about crime in general.

THe ongoing cuts to our services in so many areas are leaving staff stretched and stressed just when we need better social and community engagement.

Jon Twigge, local Lib Dem Cllr said, “It has to be time to put the brakes on austerity and recommit to a fairly funded society to educate and support everyone. The alternative, without great organisations like SAVY, is a devastating and ever growing insecurity in many services and areas of society.”

SAVY manager, Vicky Bloomfield, put out the official statement:

“Stockport Action for Voluntary Youth, or ‘SAVY’ to those who know us best will be closing our youth centre doors for the last time on Thursday 29th March 2018. This is due to difficulty in securing core funding that we need to run the charity in a safe and professional manner.

Since 1991 SAVY have had young people’s needs at the heart of all that we do and it is with deep regret, we announce an end to our Youth Work delivery across the borough of Stockport.

With an amazing team of professional Youth Workers we have enjoyed seeing young people flourish and develop in to young adults, becoming active citizens in their local communities.

On the behalf of the team and our Executive Committee, thank you to the partners and volunteers who have supported us throughout and to the children and young people who have put their faith in us for almost 30 years.

We will be sharing our achievements and memories in our final newsletter, March 2018. For more details please visit www.stockportsavy.org.uk

Have Your Say on Community Policing

The Manchester Mayor is currently developing a new police and crime plan which will set the strategic direction for the police and other organisations with responsibilities for keeping our communities safe. The name of the draft plan is ‘Standing Together: A Plan for police, community safety, criminal justice services and citizens in Greater Manchester’ which reflects the range of people and organisations working together to keep us safe.

The draft plan has been developed by talking to people working in neighbourhoods, those who have been victims of crime and the people who support them, businesses and various organisations active within Greater Manchester’s different communities.

Please visit their website to view the draft police and crime plan and to take part in a short survey to let us know

They don’t ask for your name and so all responses are confidential. The survey will close at midnight on 14 January 2018.

All your responses will be used to finalise the plan, which will be published later in January 2018. If you have any questions about the draft plan, please email [email protected]

Christmas Bin Collections

Lots of us produce extra waste over the Christmas period (wrapping paper, parsnip peelings and one or two bottles…) and it can be easy to lose track of what day it is so check the collection calendar on the Council’s website here:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/news/christmas-bin-collections

It has useful information in case of a disruption of service (for example if the weather gets really, really bad).