Planning Officers Recommend Approval for McCarthy and Stone Development

After lengthy discussion and negotiation with McCarthy and Stone, planning officers are recommending that their plan for 40 new apartments on Commercial Road at the site of the former Royal Oak should be approved.

A strong argument for the plans were the need for housing generally especially given that Stockport’s housing plans are getting older and more likely to be challenged by developers.

Major factors in the negotiation were the loss of the recreational green space that was the bowling green behind the Royal Oak and a lack of affordable homes in the new building. To offset these requirements McCarthy and Stone will be required to pay substantial sums toward facilities at Torkington Park and alternative affordable housing elsewhere.

In the end, the application did not receive many objections from the public and the application will come before the Stepping Hill Area Committee for a recommendation by local councillors on the 10th July and the full planning meeting after that.

More details are in the agenda for the Area Committee on the council website: http://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=25550&x=1  Item 5 (i)

Cllr Ankers Supports Chris Boardman’s Made To Move Campaign

New LibDem Councillor Paul Ankers has pledged to support Chris Boardman’s ‘Made To Move’ scheme that aims to deliver better walking & cycling options in Greater Manchester.

Cllr Paul Ankers commented, “We need to get more people out of cars, but it can be a scary prospect being a pedestrian or cyclist in Greater Manchester – even in Hazel Grove. One of my priorities is to improve that situation.”

You can download the full plan HERE

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.

Proposed Bus Route Changes (372/373)

TfGM will be reporting a number of proposals to change subsidised bus services to the July 6th Committee meeting.

The proposed major changes are to service 372 (Stockport – Woodsmoor – Stepping Hill – Torkington – Hazel Grove).

The proposal is to maintain an hourly service on the busiest section of service 372 (between Stockport, Midland Road estate and Woodsmoor) with the section between Stepping Hill, Torkington and Hazel Grove replaced by new service 373.

Service 373 – Would operate hourly between Stockport and Stepping Hill (replacing that section of service 173) and extend to Torkington and Hazel Grove (replacing that section of service 372.)

Service 373 provides a more direct link to Stockport for residents of Torkington and Hazel Grove as well as providing much requested later journeys for them and to and from London Road (south of the Rising Sun), journeys that were lost when (Cheshire East Council) service 391 was revised in April 2018.

If you have any concerns, please contact your new Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Ankers via [email protected]

th Committee meeting.

The proposed major changes are to service 372 (Stockport – Woodsmoor – Stepping Hill – Torkington – Hazel Grove).

The proposal is to maintain an hourly service on the busiest section of service 372 (between Stockport, Midland Road estate and Woodsmoor) with the section between Stepping Hill, Torkington and Hazel Grove replaced by new service 373.

Service 373 – Would operate hourly between Stockport and Stepping Hill (replacing that section of service 173) and extend to Torkington and Hazel Grove (replacing that section of service 372.)

 Service 373 provides a more direct link to Stockport for residents of Torkington and Hazel Grove as well as providing much requested later journeys for them and to and from London Road (south of the Rising Sun), journeys that were lost when (Cheshire East Council) service 391 was revised in April 2018.

If you have any concerns, please contact your new Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Ankers via [email protected]

Stockport Local Fund

A series of workshops will take place over the next few weeks where you can get an overview of the fund. You’ll find out when the fund opens, how to apply and where to get advice and support. You’ll also find out what type of projects we’re looking for.

Upcoming workshops include:

Monday 25 June 2018 6pm – 8pm Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, SK2 6QS
Thursday 28 June 2018 10am – 12pm Bridgehall Community Centre, SK3 8LX
Monday 02 July 2018 10am – 12pm First House, Brinnington, SK5 8EN
Tuesday 03 July 2018 10am – 12pm Hazel Grove Civic Hall, SK7 4DF

No advance booking is required – just turn up on the day. Full details of all events are available here: stockport.gov.uk/events/?tag=SLFworkshops

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.

Stepping Hill Area Committee – Reporting Back

New Hazel Grove Councillor Paul Ankers attended last week’s Stepping Hill Area Committee and raised a number of points on your behalf.

  • Council Officers are now Looking at whether the near speed bumps on Bean Leach Rd are too tall.
  • Raised issues with the routing of particular cycle lanes.
  • Called for Council officers to ensure rail franchises can’e erode services like Northern are now.
  • Car on the Royal Oak site
  • Supported funding applications for Torkington House Residents & Norbury Lacrosse Club

Paul commented “It is important to stand up for local residents and take our views to the Town Hall.”

You can view the webcast here.     Please note Paul first speaks just after 1 hour in. The first hour is devoted to interesting debates, but mainly focused on Offerton ward.

Stockport Parents Reminded to Apply for Yellow Bus Places

Stockport parents are being urged to take action and book places for their children on school bus services for the next academic year.

Applications for the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Yellow School Bus services, can be completed online from Monday 4 June. Anyone without internet access can call 0161 244 1000 for more information.

Stockport schools serviced by the yellow school bus services are as follows:

  • Cheadle Catholic Junior School
  • Harrytown Catholic High School
  • Hazel Grove High School
  • Marple Hall School
  • Reddish Vale Technology College
  • Werneth School

Due to high levels of demand applications received before 30 June are more likely to be allocated a place. From this date onwards if a bus is fully allocated no further places will be made available.

Pupils should ensure that they either already have an igo card or have applied for an igo card in order to use the service. Children without an igo card will not be allowed to pay the concessionary fare on a Yellow School Bus.

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

LibDems Win in Hazel Grove

Paul Ankers was elected the new Councillor for Hazel Grove with a record vote of 1965.
The result was:

LibDem Paul Ankers 1965
Conservative 1810
Labour 553
Green 165

Paul commented at the count, “This is a humbling result, when you think that one in five of your neighbours back you to be the person that makes Hazel Grove better.”

Cllr Jon Twigge was delighted, “We have some big challenges in Hazel Grove, like congestion, road safety & other Council failures. Paul has proven himself as a strong voice to tackle those challenges. “