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.
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.
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]
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
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:
It has useful information in case of a disruption of service (for example if the weather gets really, really bad).
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.
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 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
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
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.