Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Marple Area Committee Meeting 18th April 2018

A report on the Marple Area Committee Meeting that took place on 18th April 2018 can be viewed HERE

Future Marple Area Committee Dates
6th June 2018
11th July 2018
8th August 2018
26th September 2018
7th November 2018
12th December 2018
30th January 2019
6th March 2019
10th April 2019

Monday, 23 April 2018

Marple Wharf: Canal & River Trust's Developers criticise the civic society's response to their dense housing scheme at Marple Wharf

Canal & River Trust's (CRT) Developer, H20 Urban, has critised the society's response to their Planning Application for Marple Wharf. The society has objected again to the planning application and recommended refusal. View our latest response HERE - we now need you to respond (even if you responded                           to the original application)

Marple wharf
In response to our objections, H20 has sent further comments to the council's Planning Department with minimal amendments in the hope of getting the application through planning. But every time they attempt to solve one problem they create another - quite simply, the scheme represents over development of a small but highly important heritage site that is precious to the people of Marple.

H20 criticised our comments about:

- The Heritage -  they argue we have exagerated the harm to the heritage and that there is       no need to consider any public access to it

- Permitted distances between existing surrounding houses and their proposed new houses   they argue that flouting Stockport Council's required distances is 'ok in this case'

- Refuse bins - they argue that residents walking up to 50m (53 yards) to dump their rubbish      in communal skips is ok

We have lost count over the last 9 years of the number of times CRT said they would submit an application and somehow suggested the community was holding it up. This application was submitted last year and due to be decided in October 2017 - we are still waiting - the current estimate is that it will be decided in June at Marple Area Committee, but only if they feel confident it will be recommended for approval by the planning officer.

It is important that this application is judged by our councillors, those who represent us, know the community's views and understand the importance of the site to Marple's heritage. It is also important that the Local Authority (Stockport Council) know the people's views because this is a consideration taken  into account by officers when assessing the application and making a recommendation to our councillors (who should decide if planning permission is granted or refused).

If you value Marple Wharf remember: Public opinion really matters
if you have responded once - please consider responding again
if you've not yet responded - respond now - your response could rescue Marple Wharf

Link to Planning Application - see HERE

Feel free to use the society's responses to help you write your own response - in your own words if you can - it isn't too late to respond (even though the statutory consultation date has passed)

Be sure to state that your response is to planning applications: DC/067000 & DC/067001

Send your response to:
- by email: planning.dc@stockport.gov.uk
- by post: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council 
   Growth - Development - (Planning Application Response)
   Stopford House, Piccadily, Stockport, SK1 3XE

See the society's latest response HERE
See the society's original response HERE

CRT/H20 comments in response to the society's 1st letter of objection:
Re: Heritage Issues: CRT/H20 comments see HERE
Re: Refuse Strategy: CRT/H20 comments see HERE
Re: Separation distances: CRT/H2O comments see HERE

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

AGM and Speaker Meeting Tuesday 20th March 2018

The society's 56th AGM took place on Tuesday 20th March 2018 in Marple Library.

Chairman Gillian Postill reported another busy year.  Her report focussed on planning matters including the society's response to the consultations on the National Planning Policy Framework (done through the national body for the civic movement, Civic Voice), the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF), the Stockport East Multi Modal Study (SEMMMS) and Stockport's own Local Plan.  Finally she mentioned Marple's Neighbourhood Plan to which the society is an affiliated member working on town centre issues. She went on to announce the forthcoming planning workshops the society is organising in May and July this year.

Treasurer Gordon Johnson reported that the society is in a sound financial position showing a small financial surplus. On behalf of the membership secretary he reported a stable membership of 350 at year end.

The business meeting was followed by a very interesting talk from Paul Hartley, Conservation Officer for Stockport MBC about how conservation can benefit Marple.

Full minutes of the AGM can be seen HERE

The society'a accounts for the year ending 31st December 2017 can be seen HERE

The chairman's report can be seen HERE

All photos Arthur Procter - more photos HERE

Friday, 16 March 2018

AGM and Speaker Meeting 2018

We hope you will join us for the society's 56th AGM and speaker meeting this Tuesday 20th March 2018 in Marple Library.

AGM and Speaker Meeting
Tuesday 20th March at 3.00pm - 5.00pm
in Marple Library
Refreshments served from 2.40pm

Members wishing to stand for committee or to nominate another member can obtain nomination forms by contacting Gillian Postill:
email:  mail@marplecivicsociety.org.uk

Light refreshments will be served from 2.40pm prior to the business meeting at 3-00pm

Our speaker is Paul Hartley from Stockport MBC who will speak about conservation and how it might help us better care for Marple.

We hope to see you at the meeting - family, friends and neighbours are welcome too (N.B. only members can vote for election of officers and committee members).

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Marple Town Centre Regeneration Scheme

In response to a wholly unsatisfactory traffic scheme by Stockport Council in 2013 the civic society arranged an alternative community town study in 2015 by Phil Jones Associates. You can view the study HERE

Workshops & Phil Jones Associates Study of Marple
A Neighbourhood Plan Forum was then set up to take forward positive regeneration of Marple Town Centre and address other planning issues in Marple - a Neighbourhood Plan is a means of local people being more involved in shaping where they live.

The civic society is an affiliated community group on the Neighbourhood Forum and is a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Town Team.

It has been a tortuous route to get to where we are.
You can view the summary timeline HERE

The council recently commissioned Atkins, their consultants, to carry out another Marple town centre study/traffic count. The council's traffic engineers still harbour desires to widen the junction at Hollins Lane including a two stage pedestrian crossing and converting the roundabout at Littlewood's butchers into a traffic lighted junction, reminiscent of their scheme in 2013.

Marple deserves better, much better. Through the Neighbourhood Plan we will continue to work with the Phil Jones Associates Study for the positive regeneration of Marple. This approach would unite Marple and turn it into a people friendly town rather than a congested, traffic dominated one.
Stockport Council's Vision for Marple - 2013 scheme - see HERE

2008 - The Hollins junction came under threat for the first time

2013 - The council's 2nd attempt to widen the Hollins  with the addition of traffic lights to replace the roundabout at Littlewoods butchers

2018 - These junctions are threatened again following the SMBC Atkin's transport study:
-  Hollins Lane/Stockport Road
-  Hibbert Lane/Stockport Road
-  Church Ln/Hibbert Ln 
-  Stockport Road/Station Road/Cross Lane

An alternative Vision - this is how Marple could look
Artists impression - view west along Stockport Road towards Hollins Lane

This sort of approach would unite the town centre which is currently 'divided' by the barrier effect of Stockport Road and : 
   - help to reduce traffic congestion 
   - create a people-friendly town and reduce the dominance of traffic
   - ensure all shops are easily accessible on foot from one shop to another
   - provide easy access to community facilities and civic amenities
   - ensure the town is safe, convenient and pleasant for everyone, whether on foot,                      cycle, bus or car
   - reconcile traffic movements with quality public spaces in the town centre

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Marple Area Committee Meeting 7th March 2018

A report on the Marple Area Committee Meeting that took place on 7th March 2018 can be viewed HERE

Items of note this month include the unanimous refusal by councillors (supported by many residents) of a report by the council's traffic engineers proposing traffic calming measures (more speed humps) on Hibbert lane and the abandoment of proposals for a cycle lane on the A6 in High Lane.

Future Marple Area Committee Dates

18th April 2018
6th June 2018
11th July 2018
8th August 2018
26th September 2018
7th November 2018
12th December 2018
30th January 2019
6th March 2019
10th April 2019