New Stockport Interchange Planned – Now is the Time to have your say on the proposal which originally came from LibDem plans to regenerate the whole of Stockport centre, part of our lasting legacy for Stockport

INNOVATIVE INTERCHANGE AND NEW TOWN CENTRE PARK FOR STOCKPORT GIVEN GO-AHEAD
Proposals for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Stockport’s bus station were today (Friday 29 June) given the green light by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
The scheme, part of a whole range of regeneration plans LibDems put forward before losing control of the council, are getting close to development. 
Funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Stockport Council and the GMCA, the development is planned for the site of the existing Stockport Bus Station alongside the A6 and Mersey Square in the town centre and will continue the radical £1 billion transformation under way in Stockport town centre.
Proposals include:
• a fully accessible, covered passenger concourse in the interchange with seated waiting areas
• better and easier routes to the town centre and rail station for pedestrians and cyclists. This includes upgrading the section of the Trans Pennine Trail alongside the River Mersey and interchange, and a lift between the interchange and A6
• bus and train travel information screens and a new Travelshop for tickets and information
• 20 bus stands, providing capacity for future growth in bus services
• a new town centre park and public space, with level access directly from the A6
• a residential development off Daw Bank with up to 200 apartments and associated car parking.
• accessible toilets in the interchange with baby changing and ‘Changing Places’* facilities
• enhanced CCTV across the interchange
• cycle parking
From Monday 2 July until Sunday 29 July 2018, TfGM and Stockport Council are inviting residents, businesses and community groups to tell us what they think of the plans, to help finalise proposals before they are submitted as part of a planning application.
People can give their views through an online questionnaire at www.tfgm.com/stockport-interchange or at one of a number of public information events being held in the town:
• Thursday 5 July, 10am-2pm, Stockport Bus Station
• Saturday 14 July, 10am-2pm, Mersey Square (outside entrance to Merseyway Shopping Centre)
• Tuesday 17 July, 10am-2pm, Stockport Bus Station
• Tuesday 24 July, 10am-2pm, Stockport Rail Station
Cllr Paul Ankers commented “It remains annoying how many consultation events are in the day in a borough with high employment rates, but thankfully there is an event on a Saturday.”
The TfGM project team will be available at these events to give further information and answer any questions on the scheme.

Support a Stockport Charity: Stockport Womens Centre

Stockport Women’s Centre’s  vision is ‘women supporting women’ – working together to improve the quality of women’s lives in Stockport. Their mission is to support, empower and educate women to improve their mental and physical health and well-being, enabling them and their families to have improved life chances.

Paul Ankers said, “Domestic abuse upsets me. But organisations like Stockport Women’s centre do invaluable work righting wrongs.”

If you wish to support the Women’s centre, click here

Stockport Council Wellbeing Festival

The Council’s Wellbeing Festival takes place from 11am to 2pm on Monday 23 October in the Town Hall Ballroom and celebrates the beginning of Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week.

Council employees and members of the public are invited to the event which will include a wide range of stalls, information and activities to inspire people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Cllr Jon Twigge commented “I am passionate about wellbeing for everyone and I will be at the Festival. Wellbeing is really important especially given our busy modern lives and yet we are only really getting to grips with it as a society recently.

“Recent news that the head of Osted says we are not even giving our children a rounded education, that our prisons are in crisis and mental health provision is still not good enough are just some of the signs that point to a government that simply does not understand the importance of wellbeing in our society.”

For further information please email [email protected]

A government report suggests five simple ways to improve wellbeing:

 

Antiques, Collectors and Vintage Fair – Sunday 15th October – Edgeley Park Stadium

A fun and interesting event where you might pick up a bargain!

Shepherd & Williams present The Edgeley Park Stadium Antique and Collectors Fair, offering up to 80 stalls and a huge variety of antiques and collectables. Set inside a lavish suite in Stockport County’s iconic stadium, this is a fantastic day out and the ideal opportunity for you to find something perfect to complement your home, collection or wardrobe.

Up to 80 stalls – licensed bar – food – free parking!

Edgeley Park Stadium, Hardcastle Road, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9DD

Entry £2, Concessions £1.50 (children FREE). 9:00am – 3:30pm. (trade early)

More information at: http://www.swfairs.co.uk/

Lib Dems Welcome Pride In Stockport – Sunday 30th July

The Liberal Democrat Group on Stockport Council welcome the first Pride festival which will be taking place in the Market Place from 10am to 4pm this Sunday 30th July.

There will be a main stage at Castle Yard with acts including two former participants in the X-Factor and a line-up of local performers along with craft stalls and food and drink. There will also be information and support from organisations including the LGBT Foundation, Lifeline, Stockport Mind and Age UK.

Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Lib Dem Group at Stockport Council and Councillor for Cheadle Hulme South, said: “We are proud that Stockport is an open and inclusive borough and the Liberal Demorats will be enthusiastically supporting the Pride festival, with a number of local councillors and campaigners attending.”

Cllr Lisa Smart, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dem Group and Councillor for Bredbury Green and Romiley, said: “This is a true community event with musical acts and other entertainers accompanied by great food and drink.

“Pride events elsewhere have been a really successful way to bring together the whole community and we encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the festival.”

Summer Activities in Stockport

Stockport Homes is working in partnership with Life Leisure, SAVVY, Equity Housing and Stockport County to run a variety of sessions for children across the summer holidays.

There’s a lot happening to cater for families and children as well as volunteering opportunities for young people over 13.

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Don’t Miss Hazel Grove Carnival This Weekend!

Celebrating 40 Years of this Amazing Community Event

The Theme This Year is……. The ’70s!

More information here Hazel Grove Carnival 2017

Saturday, 15th July 2017

Funfair & Events from 10:00am @ Torkington Park – Hazel Grove

Parade Starts 11:30am @ Highfield Road – Hazel Grove

Our council candidate Paul Ankers will be helping out ! See if you can spot him!
This is what Paul Ankers looks like - come and say hello!

Independent Options is 40

Local Charity Independent Options is 40 this year and celebrates its birthday THIS Sunday.

Since 1977, Independent Options has been working to empower people with disabilities, enabling them to take control of their lives, achieve their aspirations and enjoy life to the full.

Celebrations are between 11am and 4pm (with a BBQ between 12 and 3).

There will be fairground rides, balloons, face painting, tombolas, raffles, cakes and lots more.

Free of Charge. There address is 67 Chester Road, Hazel Grove Stockport, SK7 5PE

Significant health and care service changes

Stockport Together

Health service and council leaders in Stockport are in the process of agreeing to spend significant sums of money on changing health and care services in the borough.

They have been developing plans for some time with input from patients and carers, nurses, doctors, social workers and others.

Some changes have already been made, however before they make firm decisions on other significant areas, they’d like your views. There will be an eventual need to consider moving resources (beds, money and staff) from the hospital to the community and we need to ensure that this is the right thing to do for the people of Stockport.

The organisations involved in making the changes come under the collective name of ‘Stockport Together’. They are NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services), Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (Stepping Hill hospital and community health services) and Viaduct Health (a federation representing all Stockport GPs).

There are several events including one in Hazel Grove on July 18th: Stockport Together in Hazel Grove and you can find out more at : https://www.stockport-together.co.uk/