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).

Emergency Contacts For The Festive Period

Christmas is almost upon us and is a wonderful time. But often it can be a difficult time if you need Council or emergency services.

Stockport Council is urging residents to be be prepared this festive period and make a note of useful numbers should they face a crisis.
The information available on the Council’s Winter Web Pages includes emergency health and social care contact numbers as well as contact numbers should households be faced with a gas leak or power cut.

Stockport People a handy Local NHS/.Local Authority guide for over the winter season has also been published on line and includes helpful numbers and opening times for local pharmacies, dentists and other services as well as guidance on how to stay well this winter, caring for yourself and others.

LibDems Fight For Transport Improvements

LibDems have campaigned for road safety improvements in Hazel Grove. Cllr Jon Twigge secured the speed indicator that has been moved around the ward this autumn.

Some improvements that are likely to be completed in 2018 include:

  • A Zebra Crossing on Commercial road
  • Review of the One Way system around Chester Rd/Grundey Rd
  • A mini roundabout at the Offerton Rd & Torkington Rd junction to reduce speeding.
  • Cycle lane improvements on Grove St, Vine St, Mill Lane & behind McDonalds (which will be completed)

Paul said, “We need a better deal for pedestrians & cyclists. There are a shocking number of accidents in Hazel Grove.

Your LibDem Team will continue to fight for road improvements.

Let Us Know Your Dog Fouling Hot Spots

LibDem Campaigner Paul Ankers wants to know the dog fouling hot spots in Hazel Grove.

Council bosses are asking for sites to put posters up dissuading dog fouling.

The Keep Britain Tidy campaign posters are placed on lamp columns in identified dog fouling hotspot areas for 2 to 3 weeks. The area is surveyed for incidents of fouling, prior to the posters being displayed, during and after so that we can measure the impact of the posters.

Please let us know if you have any hotspots that you would like to use these posters at. We have 40 posters so we will list the sites identified and move the posters from site to site over the winter months

Paul Ankers said ” There needs to be real action & prosecutions, but we will see what happens with this.”

LibDem Anger at Rising Crime

LibDem Campaigner Paul Ankers is challenging the Tories to fix rising crime in Hazel Grove.

Fed Up bobbies have told the Manchester Evening News that crooks ‘take advantage’ of policing cuts. Criminals are laughing at the Police and it is all down to Tory cuts.

Home Office figures show that crime rose by 31 per cent – an additional 70,000 crimes – in the year up to June 2017.

Paul Ankers said, “Local services are being cut to the bone. Somebody needs to stand up for law and order. The Tories aren’t standing up for Hazel Grove”.

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.”

LibDems Say Bring Back Royal Mail Collections to Hazel Grove

Local LibDems Paul Ankers & Jon Twigge are demanding that missed delivery collections should be available for collection from Hazel Grove.

Hazel Grove lost its collection office a few years ago with packages needing to be collected on the other side of Stockport near the Pyramid. But when Marple & Romiley lost their sorting office, they kept collections in the town.

Paul Ankers said, “We have to travel about 6 miles if the postie comes when we are at work. Our neighbouring towns are okay, but why does Hazel Grove get the thin end of the wedge.”

Paul Ankers has launched a petition to put pressure on to bring post office collections home to Hazel Grove.

UK Has Half Number of Hospital Beds as European Rivals

The NHS is not safe in Tory hands. 

The UK has less than half the hospital beds per person than France or Poland and only a third of those available in Germany. The UK is outperformed by Greece, Portugal, Italy & Spain despite some of these countries being on the brink of bankruptcy in the last decade.

Hospital Beds per 100,000

Germany       823

Poland          663

France           621

Greece           424

Portugal        332

Italy               331

Spain             297

UK                  273

(Source: Eurostat)

LibDem Campaigner Paul Ankers said, “This is a disgrace. The NHS costs over £100Bn a year but we can’t be sure of a bed when we need it. When my wife was in labour we were nearly turned away by Stepping Hill. I thought that was the exception, I fear it could be the rule!”