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).

Emergency Contacts For The Festive Period

Christmas is almost upon us and is a wonderful time. But often it can be a difficult time if you need Council or emergency services.

Stockport Council is urging residents to be be prepared this festive period and make a note of useful numbers should they face a crisis.
The information available on the Council’s Winter Web Pages includes emergency health and social care contact numbers as well as contact numbers should households be faced with a gas leak or power cut.

Stockport People a handy Local NHS/.Local Authority guide for over the winter season has also been published on line and includes helpful numbers and opening times for local pharmacies, dentists and other services as well as guidance on how to stay well this winter, caring for yourself and others.

Get Involved in Your Local Community

“Stockport Local” is the place to find out about community groups, services and activities. It’s the easiest way to find out what’s on, when it’s on and how to join in.

Thanks to the involvement of hundreds of local groups, Stockport Council have launched ‘Stockport Local’, an online directory of community groups and services on their website. It’s the answer to a problem that has long faced both Stockport communities and residents – the need for a single source of information on groups and activities across the whole of Stockport.

Stockport Council is committed to finding new digital ways to engage and work with communities, to connect people and places and help to reduce loneliness and isolation, particularly among older and more vulnerable people.

Whether you’re looking for something specific or are open to suggestions, or if you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer and become more involved with your local community, Stockport Local is really easy to search with four main search options:

For those who know exactly the type of group they are looking for there is also a list of group categories which vary from arts to adventure, fitness to theatre. And all the results can be filtered to display the groups closest to where you live or work.

Stockport Local is growing all the time and new groups are welcomed. The Council is encouraging any community groups that aren’t yet listed to use the ‘Add your group or service’ button and add themselves for free.

For more information, visit www.stockport.gov.uk/stockportlocal

Stockport Local is part of a circle of support the Council is building around Stockport’s communities, alongside a community investment fund to stimulate social action, workforce and peer support networks to help people contribute to their community and access to resources, time and spaces so people can engage in social activities.

Further Council Cuts to Affect More Services

With government austerity set to massively reduce council budgets once again next year Stockport is no exception and will have to make further cuts.

As part of budget planning the council is asking residents for their views on five sets of cuts in:

  • Cuts to apprenticeship events for young people
  • Closure of the Apprenticeship’s Store
  • Removal of free school transport for some families that receive Working Tax Credit
  • Changes to advice services provided by the council in libraries and Citizens Advice centres
  • Significant changes to Sure Start Children’s centres

Andrew Stunell visited local Sure Start Centre’s in 2013 when they were protected

You can let the council know your views on these cuts in a series of consultations that run until November 10th at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/have-your-say.

Bold Lib Dem Response to Stockport Local Plan Consultation

The Lib Dems have submitted our response to the first stage of Stockport’s Local Plan consultation.

“At the heart of the Lib Dem response is a two stage approach to house-building across the next 20 years – brownfield in the first years and green belt only later, if at all.

“Major changes in the UK due to Brexit and new transport technologies including driverless cars may mean we never need to release those Green Belt areas that the GMSF proposed to give away forever” said Cllr Jon Twigge.

“Everyone knows we need infrastructure to be in place for new homes, but often it does not happen. The A6 through Hazel Grove is already heavily congested and it can only get worse with a lot more housing before we get a bypass,” Jon added.

For a lot more detail and our reasoning behind the two stage planning you can see the Lib Dem response here.

This is the first of three consultations on the Local Plan. The next stage is for the Council to work up the details of what is being proposed where. That means that we’ll be seeing specific proposals for where homes should be built, along with all the other parts of the plan.

MacMillan Coffee morning – HG Methodist Churcvh

The Hazel Grove for Health Group are having a ‘Fund Raiser’ event on 28th (Thursday) September 2017 in order to raise funds for the Macmillan Nursing Service. For an entry of £2. there are plenty of refreshments and a Raffle. Coffee/Tea’s, Cakes, biscuits etc . Raffle also available. So if you get chance ‘POP-In’ and enjoy a nice brew and cakes whilst enjoying a chat with locals. Maybe catch up with old friends and times. Possible go home with a nice prize too. Al proceeds to the Macmillan Nursing Services. The event is being held at:—————– The Hazel Grove Methodist Church Hall. Wesley Street, Hazel Grove. SK7 4JQ. Event starts at 13:15. Should you require any further information you can mail here OR email the secretary of the Tai Chi for Health Group at……..>>> [email protected].

Have Your Say on Stockport’s New Local Plan

The Council is inviting residents to join the conversation on the Stockport Local Plan, a plan for the future of the borough through to 2035.

There are big challenges and opportunities facing the borough. People are concerned about housing, both in terms of numbers and where they are built. We also know that while Stockport is a well-connected place, our roads are often very congested.

It’s not just about housing, jobs and transport though. People rely on services such as health, education, shops and enjoying our green places and spaces.

The Local Plan will set the rules for development and land uses which will have an impact on the way we live and work in the future.

You can take part in the consultation by coming along to one of our public drop-in events or by responding online.

Upcoming events:

  • Stepping Hill AreaMonday 25th September From 6pm to 8.30pm at Hazel Grove Civic Hall, London Road, Stockport, SK7 4DF;
  • Cheadle AreaThursday 28th September From 6pm to 8.30pm at Kingsway School, Foxland Road, Stockport, SK8 4QX.

At these events, residents will also be able to learn more about the current and future transport priorities that are part of a review of the 2001 South East Manchester Multi-Modal (SEMMM) Strategy.

Residents will also have the opportunity to let us know what they think the current transport issues are across the borough and how we should address them.

The online consultation is available at www.stockport.gov.uk/localplan. It will run until 8th October 2017.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Update

Having received 27,000 responses to the initial consultation the Mayor of Greater Manchester and council leaders have discussed the next steps for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF). The first consultation said a total of over 19 thousand new houses are needed in Stockport in the coming 20 years and suggested that around 4,000 be built around High Lane.

High Lane Protests

The timetable is now as follows:

September 2017 – publication of the responses to the initial consultation

Later in 2017 – publication of data and associated sources of information such as population estimates which will help us calculate the requirements for housing and employment. Some of this information isn’t yet available, for example we are waiting for the government to publish its national methodology for calculating housing need, which we expect will now be released in the autumn

Early 2018 – Development of an updated plan

June 2018 – Second draft of GMSF published

Following publication – 12 week public consultation

The full announcement is at: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/news/article/178/next_steps_in_greater_manchester_spatial_framework_announced

We will keep you updated on progress as the process continues.

Find and Advertise Local Groups

The Council website now has a local groups feature where you can find local groups and even advertise your own groups.

It is easy to find and search at: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/groups/

A search for Health and Wellbeing in Hazel Grove showed 32 local groups !  The first three are shown in the picture above.

If you can’t see a local group that you know about you can add it using the Add Your Group button at the top right of the page.

The events page has been updated as well to make it easier to use at: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/events