Thursday, 24 March 2016

Illegal Banners Removed from ASDA Marple

An enforcement Officer from Stockport Council visited ASDA on Tuesday 22nd March to enforce the removal of banners along the frontage of Hollins Lane which do not have planning consent - we understand that the council will be confirming the enforcement order in writing to ASDA.
Ilegal banners removed from ASDA Marple
Illegal banners removed from ASDA Marple
Metal framework along Hollins Lane

Asda still do not have planning consent for: 
- the long green ribbon facia along the frontage and           around the gable end facing Hollins Lane
- the metal framework along the fence line with Hollins       Lane
Green ribbon fascia extending to Hollins Lane

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Report on Marple Area Committee Meeting 16th March 2016

A report on the Marple Area Committee Meeting that took place on 16th March 2016 can be viewed HERE

The meeting included an Open Forum discussion on the subject of Neighbourhood Planning.

The discussion was preceeded by a 10 minute presentation on Neighbourhood Planning by civic society committee members Gillian Postill and Andrew Moorhouse followed by a lively discussion on the pro's and con's of neighbourhood Planning.

The next Open Forum discussion will be in June or July and will be on the subject of "schools and school organisation in Marple"

Future Marple Area Committee meeting dates:

20th April 2016 
8th June 2016 
13th July 2016 
10th August 2016 
28th September 2016
9th November 2016 
14th December 2016 
1st February 2017
8th March 2017
12th April 2017 

All meetings at 6.00pm in Marple Senior Citizens Hall (5-30pm for informal discussions with councillors)

Monday, 21 March 2016

AGM Tuesday 22nd March, starting at 3.00pm in Marple Library

Join us for the Civic Society AGM in Marple Library tomorrow at 3.00pm,
The Business will be followed by the speaker meeting at 4.00pm - 5.00pm.

  Everyone Welcome - Open to the Public and Free of Charge
David Tittle
Civic Voice Trustee

For the third year running we have a speaker from the National Civic Movement, Civic Voice. David Tittle, who is a Civic Voice trustee, is interested in the Built Environment and Placemaking. He is responsible to Civic Voice for Policy and Planning matters and is an excellent and passionate speaker. He is also pro Neighbourhood Planning and has written and spoken on this and other planning matters including giving evidence at the House of Lords Select Committee Inquiry for the Built Environment. The inquiry was concerned with how better design could be achieved in the built environment. 

                   AGM and Speaker Meeting - Marple Library
                       3pm - 5pm - Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

                              Refreshments served at 2.45 pm

                      AGM Business meeting 3.00pm - 3.40pm
                                 Speaker meeting 4pm - 5pm

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Ninety Attend Public Meeting to Round Off Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition Week

The public meeting in Marple Library this morning ended a lively exhibition week about Neighbourhood Planning. We struggled at times to deal with the numbers of people who attended but it was well worth the effort judging from the feedback we received.

In addition to those attending the exhibition we gave a presentation on Wednesday to Marple Area Committee (the monthly councillor meeting) and held a stakeholder meeting on Thursday, reaching out to approaching 500 people including the 90 who turned up for the final public meeting today. 

There was overwhelming support for a Neighbourhood Plan for Marple. Many thanks to all those who attended, gave us their views and showed much interest in the exhibition.

Thanks to Nancy Collantine and Arthur Procter for their help in preparing the posters and other promotional materials.

Finally, thanks to our many members who helped in so many ways - it was a superb team effort................

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Neighbourhood Planning Debate at Marple Area Committee Meeting

The new style "Open Forum" at this month's Marple Area Committee meeting debated Neighbourhood Planning.  The topic was chosen to coincide with the Civic Society's Neignbourhood Planning week taking place in Marple Library.
Following a short presentation by Civic Society Chair Gillian Postill and Committee member Andrew Moorhouse, residents debated the pros and cons of Neighbourhood Planning and how it might empower local people in the development, regeneration and conservation of Marple.

The Neighbourhood Planning Exhibition continues until Saturday lunchtime when a public meeting will be held between 11-00am and 12-00 noon.

                      Everyone Welcome

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Neighbourhood Planning Presentation to Marple Area Committee

Come along to the Marple Area Committee Meeting tonight to join in the discussion and ask questions about Neighbourhood Planning. The Civic Society is giving a short presentation to kick off the hour long meeting which will take place in Marple Senior Citizens Hall from 6.00pm - 7.00pm

The meeting tonight is just one of the special events taking place as part of Neighbourhood Planning week. The turn out at the first two days of the week long exhibition in Marple Library has far exceeded our expectations. We've drafted in extra support volunteers for the rest of the exhibition to make sure there is someone on hand for visitors to talk to and to answer your questions.

Marple Area Committee Meeting 

Neighbourhood Planning Presentation 

Tonight in Marple Senior Citizens Hall
Wednesday 16th March - 6.00pm - 7.00pm - 
doors open 5.30pm

Monday, 14 March 2016

Neighbourhood Planning Exhibition starts today at 11.00am in Marple Library - Monday 14th March

The Neighbourhood Planning Exhibition opens today at 11am in Marple Library.

Do you want:
to see improvements to Marple?
to help shape and influence future planning decisions?
to have residential input into further deveoplemts?
to have a long term plan for our town?

Should Marple have a Neighbourhood Plan?
We need your views.......................................

Come along to the exhibition to find out how a Neighbourhood Plan could help Marple

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Newsletter March 2016 - Edition 10

The society's March 2016 Newsletter is now available.

In this issue........
       AGM and Speaker Meeting
       Urban Design Study for the Town Centre
       Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition Week
       Speaker Meetings 2016
       Neighbourhood Plan week  - Programme

To view the full Newsletter click HERE

Monday, 7 March 2016

Neighbourhood Planning Exhibition 14th -19th March 2016

The Civic Society has arranged a Neighbourhood Planning Exhibition from 14th - 19th March to help residents decide if a Neighbourhood Plan would be good for Marple.

In the absence of a council-led local Plan for Marple, all planning applications are judged against national and strategic planning policies which are neither appropriate nor sensitive to Marple's needs and character. The result is poor planning decisions for Marple and lack of direction for the development and regeneration of the Town Centre. 

Neighbourhood Planning is a new community power that gives people more control over planning and development in their area. 

We hope you will come along to to the exhibition to find out more about Neighbourhood Planning - what it means and what it can do for Marple. If there is sufficient support an independent Neighbourhood forum will be set up to develop a Marple Neighbourhood Plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan for Marple?
Exhibition in Marple Library - 14th - 19th March
open during normal library hours

Public Meeting 
Marple Library - Saturday 19th March - 11.00am - 12noon
this will be an interactive Question & Answer session
Everyone welcome

Come along - we need your views

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Planning Application DC/060876 Construction of External Staircase and Walkway at ASDA Ridgeway Centre

The society's planning team has sent a response to SMBC's Planning Department to recommend the refusal of planning application DC/060876 (the construction of an external staircase and walkway) on the grounds that it will be harmful to visual amenity from Hollins Lane.

View from Hollins Lane

To view the application documents see SMBC planning portal HERE

To view the society's response in full see HERE