Phase 3 of Stockport Exchange has been launched, with a new office block to be built on the site of the former Cineworld cinema by Stockport station.
This is phase three of six that was agreed by the Lib Dem administration on Stockport Council. A few years ago, anyone coming out of Stockport station would see the back of the closed Heaven and Hell nightclub and the bowling alley. It wasn’t a great advert for the town.
The Lib Dem administration have brought about a transformation. We now have a new hotel, grade A offices, a new cinema complex at Redrock, numerous road improvements and more on the way. There’s still a long way to go, but Stockport is changing for the better.
“While Hazel Grove won’t see development on the scale of the one Billion Pounds that was planned by the Liberal Democrats in the Town Hall a bypass would allow us to invest and regenerate right along our patch of the A6 once a majority of all the dirty and heavy vehicles that are just passing through could go around us,” said Lib Dem Councillor Jon Twigge.
Stockport’s new Redrock cinema complex opened this week. The Light have opened a ten screen cinema. There are a range of restaurants either open already or coming soon include Zizzi, Pizza Express, Gourmet Burger Company and Loungers. A gym opens in January and the new car park – accessible directly from the A6 for the first time – is open for business too.
Redrock is a great addition to Stockport, putting the cinema and restaurants right in the heart of the town for the first time. A new public square connects them to Merseyway and through there to the Old Town. The Light is a different kind of cinema – plush, reclining seats are just part of the offer.
Redrock, which has all-party support at the Council, isn’t costing taxpayers any money. It’s an investment in the town which is expected to either break even or deliver a profit to council taxpayers. The old Cineworld cinema near the station will soon be demolished and replaced with Grade A offices, adding to the successful Stockport Exchange development.
“More people are coming into Stockport now. There are new restaurants, Foodie Friday and the hotels are full; Stockport is changing. We are proud of what the Lib Dems have done to improve Stockport over the last few years. There is more to be done, but we’re making good progress.” said Cllr Jon Twigge
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