Stockport Review EXTRA - 17th September 2021

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This edition at a glance...


Cllr Elise Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council  

Cases of COVID-19 in Stockport are currently at 352.7 per 100,000, and 148 per day. Since the return to school and mixing more widely, it is really important that secondary aged children are tested at least twice a week, this is the most effective way to help keep everybody safe. Tests are free and available online, and can be collected from your local pharmacy or library or from the testing site at Fred Perry House.

I’m so impressed by our fantastic vaccination programme and to date, 84.7% of those aged 16+ have now received their first dose of the vaccine, and 79.0% of those over the age of 16 have received both doses. If you haven’t yet had both doses of your vaccine, you can book yours online or go to one of the pop up clinics including a permanent offering at Trinity Church on Bramhall Lane, running from Thursday to Sunday every week.

As well as testing, the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to continue to remember the rules of hands, face, space and fresh air.

We have an exciting weekend ahead in Stockport’s first Enduro and Cycling Festival which will see two days of stunts, pro-performances, spectating and festival fun centred around Mersey Square, Merseyway, Redrock and the Market Place.

While you’re there, see if you can spot four fantastic new murals that have sprung up in the Underbanks, which are a really colourful addition to the area. There’s more information in the story below.       

Plus, don’t forget to bring along your bike so you can cycle around the town centre and visit all the attractions on two wheels!

Have a great weekend.

- Leader of the Council, Cllr Elise Wilson


Government announce winter plan for tackling COVID-19

This week, the government announced its plans for tackling the spread of COVID-19 as we approach the winter months. You can read the full plan online.

The plan involves the roll out of booster jabs for vulnerable cohorts or those who received their second dose of the vaccine over six months ago. The booster jabs are due to be rolled out from next week – keep an eye on our social media for more information about where to get yours.

The government also approved the roll out of vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.

Don’t forget, if you’ve not had your first or second dose of Pfizer or Astra-Zeneca yet, drop in to the new permanent pop up clinic at Trinity Church on Bramhall Lane. The clinic is open every week on Thursdays and Fridays from 8am-8pm, Saturdays 8am-6pm and Sundays 8am-4pm.

To find out more about the latest government announcement, read the Statement from Stockport’s Director of Public Health, Jen Connolly.


Community Computers

Recycle your old devices to help people get online

Next week is Recycle Week and a great time to think green. When you change your computer or phone, what do you do with your old one? Instead of letting it waste away in a cupboard, why not donate it to a local recycling scheme? Drop off equipment you no longer use, working or not, at any Stockport library, and Community Computers will securely wipe your data and recycle or refurbish it to help people in Stockport who aren’t online.

Community Computers are part of DigiKnow, helping people in Stockport to get online. The scheme has already put more than 50 refurbished devices back into the community.

If you know someone who would benefit from a low-cost refurbished device call 0161 476 2777 or visit Renewal North West’s shop in Shaw Heath. To borrow a device from the DigiKnow library, or for any help getting online, call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127 095.

Find out more


Jimi

Stunning new street art unveiled at historic Underbanks

Visitors to the Underbanks are in for a real surprise as four stunning works of art by renowned and local artists are unveiled in this historic part of Stockport town centre, thanks to funding by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Totally Stockport.

The project forms part of the Rediscovering the Underbanks initiative, an exciting Townscape Heritage project that aims to bring buildings back into life and reconnect people with the area by raising awareness of its unique heritage.

Why not visit the Underbanks and see if you can spot them all? There’s plenty of places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat between murals! Did you know that Jimi Hendrix once played at the Sinking Ship Club located on Royal Oak Yard in 1967? Otto Schade’s artwork celebrates the Underbanks musical heritage in his colourful depiction of the legendary artist.    

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Cap and Dove

'Arts centre on wheels' rolls into town this weekend

Cap and Dove, a unique mobile arts centre, is rolling in to Bramall Hall, Stockport, this Sunday!

Featuring a door handle that’s a nose, cast from the face of a radical author, a rainbow doorway that’s also a gutter to disperse Manchester showers and an onboard theatre, the arts centre on wheels is the work of artist, Joshua Sofaer, who was commissioned to create the innovative, moving venue to mark the 200th anniversary of Peterloo.

The installation will be complemented by a performance from Ailsa McPhee of The Daily Dance at 2pm. Anyone is welcome to join in for free…and glitter is encouraged!

Bramall Hall will also play host to an exhibition by Stockport artist Nicholas Granville, where you’ll be able to see his painting depicting the female protesters at Peterloo: ‘Stockport Female Reformers Masque of Anarchy.’

It should be a great day for all the family to enjoy, so make sure you head to Bramall Hall on Sunday between 10am and 4pm to see for yourself!

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GM Clean Air Zone

Residents asked for views as work underway to prepare for GM-wide Clean Air Zone

Work is well under way to get ready for the Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone launching next spring, with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and signage starting to be rolled out in the region.

Residents are also being asked for their views on two proposed inclusions to the Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone.

Following last year’s public consultation, all Greater Manchester local authorities have approved the GM Clean Air Plan. The Clean Air Zone will launch on 30 May 2022, with some discounts and exemptions. Now we need your feedback on two issues affecting leisure vehicles and roads in the Worsley area of Salford.

The consultation identified that due to DVLA vehicle categories, some motorhomes would be charged to drive within the GM Clean Air Zone and some wouldn’t. GM is proposing that ALL non-compliant vehicles with a body type of ‘motorcaravan’ are included in the charging scheme. This would ensure that these vehicles – which may look similar and have similar levels of emissions – will be treated equally.

Greater Manchester is also proposing a minor modification to include the A575 and A580 at Worsley in the Clean Air Zone. The roads were only previously excluded due to issues with signage in this area, which have now been resolved.

A consultation on these proposals ends on 13 October. Find out more and give your views by filling out the questionnaire on the consultation website now.

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Keep Moving

New campaign launches to keep Greater Manchester moving

Starring ordinary people from six of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, the #KeepMoving campaign kicks-off as the region returns to routine after the summer break.

#KeepMoving shows people how simple it can be to find a few minutes here and there, every day, to build movement into regular daily activities. Whether it’s when you’re making your morning brew or cooking up a storm in the kitchen with your family, walking or running with your partner to chew over the day, it’s easy to find just 30 minutes throughout the day to move more.

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Have your Say: Current Consultations and Surveys

Have your say!

We want to hear your views on all the current consultations we're running.

  • Proposal to move Central Library services to Stockroom

    • Stockport Council has been awarded £14.5 million Future High Streets Funding by the government to spend on Stockroom. Following the positive response to the proposal to include 21st century library facilities in Stockroom, we now want to consult with people about moving the Town Centre library services from Central Library into Stockroom.
  • Welcome to Stockport Interchange Park!

    • Interchange Park will be an iconic town centre park shaping the regeneration of Stockport. We want all our residents, people working in the town and visitors to feel welcome. We are excited to share plans and get your opinions on Interchange Park. Your ideas will help shape the design.
  • A Plan For Stockport, By Stockport

    • The Council is required by government to produce a Local Plan. The Local Plan will be the land-use plan to deliver the vision, which partners, stakeholders and residents across Stockport set out in the Borough Plan. It is a formal document that will be used to help decide on whether to approve planning applications for new developments in the future.
  • Responsible Dog Ownership

    • We understand that most dog owners are responsible and look after both their dogs and their local environment. However, we have previously received a great many complaints about dog control. We are therefore proposing to renew the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that has acted as a deterrent and has sent the message that Stockport is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour. 
  • Safe Streets Save Lives - Marple District Centre 20MPH Zones

    • As part of the borough-wide ‘One Stockport’ initiative, Stockport Council introduced a series of traffic measures in Marple and other District Centres within Stockport. The measures were implemented to make the local shopping area safer for everyone who uses it.
  • Marple Neighbourhood Forum Re-designation

    • The Marple Neighbourhood Forum was established in 2016 with the primary purpose of preparing a neighbourhood plan in partnership with Stockport Council and other local stakeholders. Neighbourhood plans are powerful set of tools for local communities to influence future development in their local area by establishing a set of policies to be used in making decisions on planning applications.

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