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.
• 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.
Solutions SK working on behalf of Stockport Council will be carrying out highway repairs on London Road, Hazel Grove on the pedestrian crossing near to Asda (adjacent to Angel Street) on Sunday 4th February. These works are expected to be completed first thing on Sunday morning and will require the use of a temporary lane closure.
Stockport Council will be carrying out carriageway resurfacing works on London Road from Torkington Road to Church Grove and Torkington Road from London Road to Avondale Avenue. The works started on the 31st January 2018 and are expected to take approximately 2 weeks to complete, weather permitting. The working hours will be between 8pm and 5am.
Local Campaigner Paul Ankers said, “This is one of our busiest roads but repairs are vital. I am glad work is taking place overnight. LibDems, when running the Council, prioritised road repairs and schemes like this are part of our £100M investment plan that will still run for another three years.”
During the times stated above it will be necessary to restrict traffic movements along London Road using temporary traffic signals with a road closure notice on Torkington Road. As the work progresses any adjoining roads will also be restricted through closure notices prohibiting traffic entering and exiting onto both London Road and Torkington Road with signed diversions in operation during working times. These measures are in place to minimise disruption to residents and businesses and to allow safe working operations to take place.
Access to properties and businesses in the working area will be maintained where possible however, they may be restricted for certain periods as the work progresses.
All Council Car Parks in Hazel Grove will be free of charge for the next two Saturdays. In addition to this, there will be free parking in Stockport Town centre on the following days:
- Monday 11th December to Friday 15th December, free after 3pm
- Sunday 17th December, free all day
- Monday 18th December to Friday 22nd December, free after 3pm
- Sunday 24th December, free all day
Car parks where this offer applies: Merseyway, Redrock, Heaton Lane, Newbridge Lane, Churchgate, Knightsbridge.
The initiative, first introduced by the Liberal Democrats when they ran Stockport Council is intended to help bring in people to shop locally.
LibDem Paul Ankers is supportive “Christmas is an important time for shoppers & local businesses. Local Councils should support them. This is standard now. Town Hall bosses should be looking for new ways to strengthen Stockport.”
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.
Amidst mounting speculation that the UK government may finally be prepared to act, Stockport Liberal Democrats have put forward a motion to a meeting of the Council on Thursday this week calling for the Public Sector Pay Cap to be lifted.
Currently all public sector workers, including nurses, police officers and local government workers are subject to a 1% cap on any pay rises, despite the fact that inflation is running at nearly three times that amount, and many families continue to struggle as a result.
Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Lib Dem Group at Stockport Town Hall and mover of the motion, said: “Frankly, it is a disgrace that public sector workers have been treated in this way for so long.
“When the cap was introduced, economic circumstances were very different, and it was only ever intended as a short-term measure. Instead, the Conservative government have continued with the policy and many public sector workers find their pay is falling behind that of employees in the private sector, which is simply unfair.
“We are calling on the government to do the right thing by the public sector and recognise the immense contribution of so many nurses, police officers and local government workers among others and give them a fair deal.
“It will simply not be good enough if government chooses to cherry pick individual groups of workers, it is about time they lifted the pay cap for all in the public sector“, concluded Cllr Hunter
Postal votes landed in Hazel Grove on Friday. If you haven’t got yours by tuesday, please contact the Council.
This election looks really close. Voters are returning in droves to the LibDems and the result on 8th June could be the closest we have seen here in years.
Please get your postal vote returned early. And please choose Lisa Smart & the Liberal Democrats.
Tory cuts are set to hit hard in the home town of our Conservative MP. Over £50k will be slashed from the budget of our local catholic school.
The government funding formula is being revamped, but it is to hide cuts of over £2Bn. Most of the cuts are falling on the shoulders of urban areas like ours.
LibDem Campaigner Paul Ankers said, “This is not on. It will cost jobs and harm pupil results. Having a Tory MP does nothing to help Hazel Grove.”
Local Councillor Lisa Smart will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency of Hazel Grove at the General Election on June 8th 2017.
Lisa has a track record of campaigning for better services at Stepping Hill Hospital, standing up against Conservative and Labour plans to bulldoze our greenbelt and winning fights to keep local buses on the road.
In this election Hazel Grove is a clear fight between hard working local Councillor Lisa Smart and the Conservatives.
The Labour Party are a mess. Fighting among themselves rather than fighting the government. Only the Liberal Democrats will stand up against this Conservative government.
Tim Farron MP, leader of the Lib Dems said, “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.
“If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.”
Lisa added, “As a local Councillor it’s a privilege to stand up for residents at the Town Hall. I’m keen to take that fight to Westminster.”
Hazel Grove campaigner Paul Ankers said, “Lisa Smart impresses me each time I meet her. I think she will put Hazel Grove on the map, whilst the current Tory has been anonymous even in his home ward.”