Hazel Grove Library Closing Temporarily in September

Hazel Grove Library  will be closed between Monday 17th September 2018 date and Thursday 20th September 2018 while they install self-service technology.

 The Library will reopen on Friday 21st September 2018.

 You can renew Library items online or borrow ebooks and eaudiobooks via our web pages :Look for, reserve or renew an item – Stockport Council

 The nearest alternative Library is Great Moor, not far from the A6, but you can visit one of our other Libraries if more convient. Details of locations can be found here – https://www.stockport.gov.uk/about-your-library/opening-times-and-locations

Torkington Road Roadworks for two weeks

Stockport Council has committed to invest £100m to improve roads and footpaths across the borough over a nine year delivery period after LibDems approved the funds when running the Council. This funding will be used to carry out a range of repairs from patching to resurfacing in targeted areas which will provide a long term solution to the deterioration on the highway network.

As part of the programme, Stockport Council will be carrying out carriageway resurfacing works on a section of Torkington Road, Hazel Grove (Offerton Road to Wynchgate Road).

This work is anticipated to commence on the 19th August 2018 for up to 2 weeks, weather permitting, the work will be carried out between 9.00AM to 5.00PM.

During the times stated above it will be necessary to restrict traffic movements on Torkington Road using a temporary road closure notice. These measures are in place to minimise disruption to residents and businesses and to allow safe working operations to take place. As the work progresses it may also be necessary to utilise temporary two way traffic signals at the junction with Offerton Road. The use of the temporary traffic signals at this junction will be restricted to 9.30AM to 3.30PM to minimise the impact to traffic flows in the surrounding area.

Access to properties and businesses in the working area will be maintained where possible however it may be restricted for certain periods as the work progresses.

Signed diversions will be in operation advising of appropriate alternative routes for vehicles affected by the work. The diversion route for vehicles wishing to access Torkington Road is Offerton Road/Marple Road/Stockport Road/Hibbert Lane/Upper Hibbert Lane/Windlehurst Road or Windlehurst Road/Buxton Road/London Road/Torkington Road.

The Council have contacted TFGM (buses) and they will make the necessary arrangements to bus services that will be affected during working times. Although some local disruption is inevitable this will be kept to a minimum by our staff on site.

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.

Friends Of Torkington Park News

The group are holding a Secret Garden Concert on 22nd July, between 2-4pm, costing £3.50 with Hazel Grove Brass Band.  If you want tickets before the event send a request to the [email protected] and they will endeavour to get them to you if your address is local, you can also pay on the day.

The next Friends Of Torkington Park meeting is on the 27th June 2018, 7pm at the Bowling hut.

The next task day is on the 14th July as Hazel Grove carnival is on the 7th July. This usually starts about 10am near the Bowling Hut too. Activities usually vary for all abilities, but it will be gardening work. They are a friendly bunch with a cuppa included.

Become a Community Reserve Volunteer?

Stockport Council is joining the British Red Cross and Aviva in calling on people across the borough to sign up to a new scheme called community reserve volunteers.

The British Red Cross community reserve volunteer scheme wants local people to work together as a team during major emergencies, such as flooding, fires and power failures.

The volunteers don’t need any specialist skills and will be called in if crisis strikes in their area. It’s quick and easy to sign up online and community reserve volunteers will be contacted by text if there is an emergency in their community they could help with.

They will undertake vital jobs like packing food parcels, blowing up airbeds for rest centres and filling sandbags in times of flooding. They’ll work in small teams led by an experienced Red Cross volunteer who will ensure that the teams are well supported and directed.

The call for people to sign up comes after the British Red Cross experienced one of the busiest years since WWII, assisting 9,300 people in more than 1,500 emergencies across the UK in 2017, including terror attacks in London and Manchester, and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Residents can find out more and sign up to be a British Red Cross community reserve volunteer scheme at www.redcross.org.uk/reserves

Royal Oak Site Should Be Cleaned Up Soon

Today council officers have written to the current owners of the Royal Oak site to radically clean up the site.

“We have all been trying to get this done properly for months and now the council is finally in a position to formally request a complete clean up”, said Cllr Jon Twigge.  “If the site is not cleared in a month then more action will be taken.”

We are still waiting on more news on the McCarthy and Stone development which if passed would probably have meant a faster clean up as they took control of the site.

The full clean up should consist of:

  • Reglaze all broken windows to the front, rear and sides of the building OR cover all windows, doors and other opening to the building using metal shutters or painted plywood.
  • Remove all broken down/damaged or derelict motor vehicles being stored on the land.
  • Remove all fly tipped and other waste from the land and dispose of it at a licensed waste disposal site.
  • Remove all other extraneous waste and litter from the land and dispose of it at a licenced waste disposal site.
  • Cut back and remove all overgrown vegetation from the land and dispose of it at a licensed waste disposal site.

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).