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]

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

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).

10 Screen Cinema Opens in Stockport Late November

Excitement continues to build around Stockport’s newest leisure destination, Redrock, as the opening in November draws closer.

The Light Cinema and Redrock Stockport are gearing up for opening.   The fit out work on The Light Cinema has begun, bringing a state of the art 10 screen cinema to Stockport town centre in just a few weeks.

Priding themselves on treating every single one of their guests like a VIP, The Light will take cinema viewing in Stockport to a new level. Visitors will be able relax and enjoy the latest blockbusters, independent and international films as well as live opera, theatre and pop concerts from around the globe from the comfort of The Light.

“We are really looking forward to opening in Stockport. Customers are at the heart of The Light and we want everyone to have a trip to the cinema they will remember from the moment they step through our doors. It is not just about the film – it is about the place, the environment, the accessibility and the service. We aim to make all people feel they belong. Redrock is an exciting new destination and we are delighted to be part of it,” commented Mike Thomson, Commercial Director, The Light Cinemas.

The Light will be joined at Redrock by Zizzi and Pizza Express with Gourmet Burger Kitchen and others to follow, making the new leisure development a great place to visit and meet up with friends and family in the heart of Stockport.

The opening of The Light in late November comes as Cineworld prepare to close their doors in Stockport Exchange. The closure of Cineworld will make way for the next phase of hugely successful Stockport Exchange. Stockport Exchange has already brought over 250 jobs into Stockport town centre and the development of the new office building as part of phase 3 will add another 200 jobs to this number as the transformation of the area continues.

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].

Citizens Advice Stockport reveals home improvement nightmares

Citizens Advice Stockport is warning residents to be on the lookout for rogue builders as the national charity reveals it has helped people with 40,000 problems related to home improvements in the last year.

“While there are many good trade businesses out there it is sad fact that too many do not always provide the service that residents expect and deserve” said Cllr Jon Twigge of Hazel Grove.

As people make use of the summer to have work done on their homes, Citizens Advice Stockport is revealing the top three most common building problems people report:

  • Complaints about the quality of the work carried out
  • Building work being unsafe or faulty
  • Disputes around the cost of the work

People contacted Citizens Advice wanting to know how to resolve their home improvement problems and their rights around refunds and compensation.

Citizens Advice Stockport is offering top tips on how to avoid problems when hiring someone to carry out work, and your rights if things do go wrong.

To see the the tips that Citizens Advice Stockport recommend see their article at stockportcab.org.uk/archives/2687

If you’ve had a problem with building work, and you’re not sure about your rights or what to do next, visit Citizens Advice Stockport or call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06

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

McCarthy & Stone to Purchase Royal Oak Site

Both the current owner, who eventually got planning permission to build houses, and McCarthy & Stone have confirmed the new situation.

McCarthy & Stone have acquired an interest in the Royal Oak site and will purchase it if they get planning permission for accommodation for  older people.   You may recognise the name, McCarthy & Stone built Woodgrove Court by Sainsbury in Hazel Grove.

Woodgrove Court, Hazel Grove

Clearly this means that there will be further delays while a new application for planning permission is made.  I am most keen to know that the new owners will eventually get the planning permission and build – the last thing we want is another lengthy delay to be all for nothing, so I have contacted Stockport planning officers for any guidance they may have and I hope to speak to McCarthy & Stone soon.

As part of the process the retirement housebuilder is starting a community consultation process – more information soon.

Please let us know your feelings about the changes.

 

 

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.

Is Poise Brook being maintained properly?

Local resident Susan Challinor contacted the team to raise concerns about maintenance of Poise Brook. The brook was one of the factor in the flooding that Hazel Grove experienced last summer.

Local sources suggest the brook was regularly maintained until about 6 years ago, but it is not now, leading to debris, including a bag of cement to accumulate.

LibDem Paul Ankers said, “Brook maintenance is specialist work. Local people would be unsafe doing this so the Council needs to deliver.”

Paul has contacted the Council to arrange clearance.