Thursday, 26 May 2016

Committee Meeting Minutes 24th May 2016

Committee Meeting minutes for 24th May 2016 can be viewed HERE

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

ASDA Camera and Parking Signs removed from the Car Park

It was noted last week that the camera and car parking instruction signs have been removed from the ASDA car park. We wrote to the manager, Chris Baxter, requesting that any new signs be amended to reflect the fact that people may leave the site when parked in the ASDA car park.                                                  
                       The last sign stated that a parking charge may be issued if:
Parking signs removed from ASDA car park last week

4. Parking and leaving site  
    (unauthorised parking)

We first brought up this issue in May 2015 with Alan Jones, Senior Property Communications Manager of Asda, who confirmed 2 hours free parking during which time shoppers can leave the car park. He agreed to have the wording amended accordingly. This has not been done.

We have received a reply from the manager to say that ASDA will be serviced by a new operator in the coming months and they will review the new signs at the first opportunity and take it from there.

We have requested a copy of the covenant from the Legal Department at SMBC to confirm the agreement and ownership of the car park.     

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Speaker meeting - Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

We are pleased that Richard Wood, Planning Policy Manager for Stockport Council, will be speaking at our next meeting on Tuesday 24th May. Richard is involved in developing the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) policy and currently spends half of his working week in this area of planning. 

The GMSF brings together the 10 authorities of Greater Manchester to identify future housing and land requirements.  A statutory joint Development Plan will be produced to manage the supply of land in Greater Manchester over the next 20 years. As part of Stockport, one of the 10 greater Manchester authorities, Marple will undoubtedly be affected. So what will this mean to Marple? Come along to hear what Richard has to say.

Speaker meeting - Tuesday 24th May 2016
Speaker: Richard Wood, Planning Policy Manager for Stockport MBC
 Marple Library 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Refreshments served 3.40pm

Members and non members are welcome to attend speaker meetings and there is no charge for these events.Feel free to invite your friends, neighbours and family, they would be most welcome.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Interpretation Workshops for the Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Project

The Learning and Interpretation officer for the Revealing Oldknow's Legacy project  recently arranged 3 workshops to look at information across the project sites and interconnecting areas to inform digital and on-site information and tours and events.

Mapping the project area at the audience meeting

The first workshop focussed on learning theory, the second looked at potential audiences and the third, which took place today, concentrated on information and key messages. 

The Civic Society supports the project and was pleased to contribute to the three worshops.

Workshop to determine key messages and information

The Revealing Oldknow's Legacy Project is a  £1.5m three year Heritage Lottery funded project and is a joint venture between Canal & River Trust and Mellor Archaelogical Trust. It tells the story of Samuel Oldknow and his historic connection to Mellor Mill, Marple Aqueduct and Marple Lime Kilns.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Planning Application DC/061367 Restoration and Conversion of Buildings at the Former Hollyhead Bleach Works, Mellor

The Society's planning team has sent a response to SMBC's Planning Department to recommend refusal of planning application DC/061367 (Restoration and Conversion of Buildings at the former Hollyhead bleach works, Mellor).

To view the application documents see HERE

To view the society's response in full see HERE

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Neighbourhood Forum 'Right of Appeal'

Last week Peers defeated the government on a vote to allow parish councils and neighbourhood forums to have a 'community right of appeal' against decisions that conflict with their neighbourhood plans. 

The House of Lords voted 251votes to 194 for the amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill.

Neighbourhood forums and parish councils can set out priorities for development through a Neighbourhood Plan but Civic Voice, CPRE and NALC argue that there is not a sufficient rigt of appeal for a neighbourhood planning body in cases where a local authority has granted permission for a scheme that conflicts with the Neighbourhood Plan.

At 2.30pm on Tuesday, 3rd May the amendment to the Housing Bill will be debated in the House of Commons. The civic society has written to William Wragg MP asking him to join the debate and support the amendment. He is supportive of a Neighbourhood Plan for Marple and is due to meet the minister ahead of the afternoon debate to argue the case for the amendment. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Committee Meeting Minutes 26th April 2016

Committee Meeting Minutes for 26th April 2016 can be viewed HERE