Free Parking in Hazel Grove On Next Two Saturdays

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.”

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.

Stockport Liberal Democrats call for the Public Sector Pay Cap to be lifted

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.

Lots of People from Hazel Grove work at Stepping Hill Hospital

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

Don’t forget to vote if you have a postal vote

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.

How St Simons Primary will lose £317 per pupil over next two years?

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.”

Cllr Lisa Smart Chosen to Fight General Election

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.”

Plans to Save Greenbelt Blocked by Council

In a dramatic Stockport Council meeting former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Hunter led the chamber into a vote on plans to save Stockport’s greenbelt.

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), currently up for public consultation, allocates greenbelt for 4000 new homes on our doorstep in High Lane. The A6 through Hazel Grove and High Lane is already one of the busiest roads in the country. In all it includes plans for over 12,000 homes in Greenbelt areas across Stockport.

The amendment, drawn up by Cheadle’s former MP of ten years, Mark Hunter, saw the chamber thrown into disarray. After a short break, and despite the Liberal Democrats’ best efforts, the chamber’s other councillors joined forces to quickly vote down the amendment without a debate.

Jon Twigge said: “We are really disappointed that the GMSF plans to impose 4000 homes in High Lane will continue, this decision should be made here in Stockport. The Liberal Democrat councillors were the only ones standing up for local residents.”

“It is easier and cheaper to build on Greenbelt but that does not mean it is best for Stockport”.

“We will continue to fight to bring the decision of where to build these houses back to Stockport, where it belongs. We should build on exisiting brownfield sites throughout Stockport before we release massive areas of our Greenbelt.”

Please sign our Stop Massive Development petition to save the Greenbelt –


And, if you want to share your views on the plans then you can add feedback on the GMSF consultation at

A lot of people have reported that it is difficult to register on the feedback site but there are instructions on the link underneath (in the Online section) or you can send in comments via email to: [email protected]



Stepping Hill Petition Delivered to Downing Street

Last week our Stepping Hill petition was delivered to 10 Downing Street, to show Theresa May how we feel about the cuts to our Hospital.

The more than 6,000 signatures were handed to the Government for consideration before the Autumn Statement today.

Lisa Smart, Mark Hunter and Sir Andrew Stunell deliver the petition

Lisa Smart, Mark Hunter and Sir Andrew Stunell deliver the petition

Cllr Jon Twigge says “Thank you for all of your support for the petition, I know from speaking to many of you as we collected signatures in Hazel Grove just how much you care about Stepping Hill and the service they provide.”