Friday, 15 June 2018

Free Defibrillator Training Seminar in Marple Library

Now that the 24 hour defibrillator has been installed in Marple Town Centre at the front of the Regent Cinema on Stockport Road, it is important that people know how to use it.

Training has been arranged with Comunity Heartbeat Trust so that people can learn how to use the defibrillator and find out how it works. Everyone is welcome to attend this free seminar and you don't need any special skills to attend. 

There are 50 places available and everyone is welcome. The more people who know how to use the defibrillator the more chance we have of saving lives of those who have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Do come along........

Details of the Seminar:
Marple Library - 19th July - 6.30pm (for approx one and a half hours)
Marple Memorial Park, Marple
Please confirm your attendance by email to:

Saturday, 26 May 2018

24 hour defibrillator installed in Marple at the Regent Cinema

We are delighted that a 24 hour defibrillator connected to the ambulance service is now in situ on the front wall of the Regent Cinema on Stockport Road in the centre of Marple. It comes with full instructions for use and the phone number of the ambulance service. 

The use of a defibrillator in the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest increases the survival rate and every second and minute matters. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) analyses the patients heart rhythm and determines if a shock from the defibirillator is required - if it isn't, the AED will not shock the patient. So it can be used safely by non medical people. However, training will be organised very soon for community workers and residents and we will let you know when we have details.

After successfully installing a life-saving defibrillator in Marple Bridge and Compstall, Phil Cooke, Chairman of Marple Bridge Association (MBA), turned his attention to Marple. He approached Marple Civic Society who made a successful bid to Marple Area Committee for £1000 towards the £2000 funding needed to install a defibrillator in Marple. The civic society also pledged £200 and undertook to pay the £126 annual running costs for 5 years.

Marple's 24 hour defibrillator - Regent Cinema
 thanks to electrician Mike Beese for installation support
Finding a suitable location wasn't easy so after protracted discussions with several local businesses and consideration of several sites from Rose Hill to Possett Bridge we were delighted when the owners of the Regent Cinema readily agreed to have the defibrillator attached to the front wall of the cinema - it is an excellent location; prominent and easily accessible in the centre of town.

Raising the funding was surprisingly quick and easy. Within a couple of days of an appeal on The Marple Website the funding was secured thanks to some very generous local people.

Here is a summary of the funding for the Town Centre Defibrillator:

Total Installation costs - £2,000
Annual Maintenance costs for 5 years - £126 x 5 = £630

Installation Costs:
Marple Area Committee Flexibility Funding    - £1,000
Marple Civic Society                                       - £200
GT Landscapes and Construction Ltd            - £100
The Marple Website                                        - £50
Stephanie Lorusso                                          - £650
                                                               Total - £2,000

Maintenance cost for 5 years:
Shop Local Club Card                                                 - £50
1st Julian Wadden Commission contribution              - £122
Balance by Marple Civic Society and Julian Wadden - £458
                                                                            Total - £630

Further details of the project and funding sources on The Marple Website - see HERE

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Members' Privacy Policy

On May 25th new regulation is coming into effect to make sure companies and charities are protecting their customers and members' information which they hold on databases. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is intended to protect us all from being exploited when we give organisations our personal data. The Civic Society has always had a policy for processing and protecting personal data but this is an opportunity to update our process and bring it in line with the new regulation.

If you are content with the information that we hold, how we process it and how we currently contact you then you do not need to do anything. Because of the civic society's position as a membership organisation we do not need you to grant consent for your information to be used and you do not need to reply or complete any forms.

For detailed information on how the society handles and protects your personal data, how you can change it and how we contact you and for what purposes, see our privacy policy for members HERE

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Planning Workshop - The Mechanics of Planning

The first of two planning workshops will take place this coming Tuesday, 22nd May (see details below), we hope you will come along. If you think planning is 'above your head and out of reach' worry not - you are not on your own and these workshops are designed for 'beginners' - assuming you have no prior                               planning knowledge.

With so many planning issues areound at the moment, and all the planning jargon that goes with it, many people don't feel they can actually have any influence so don't get involved. The aim of these workshops is to demystify planning and give you the 'know how' to get stuck in and make a difference.


Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
In Marple Library - 2-15 - 4.30pm
Registration and light refreshments served at 2pm

These workshops are free of charge and everyone is welcome 
(you don't have to be a member of the civic society - just come along - no booking required)
further details HERE

This is the first time we have arranged this type of workshop. If it's successful and what people want we can arrange further workshops on topics and issues important to you.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Committee Meeting Minutes 24th April 2018

Committee meeting minutes for 24th April 2018 can be viewed HERE

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:
- 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:

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

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Garden House Planning Application DC/068083

The Society's planning team has sent a response to SMBC Planning Department to recommend refusal of planning application DC/068083, a retrospective application for change of use to a mixed use consisting of an urban farm and education facility together with retention of associated buildings, structures and parking area (retrospective).

To view the application document see HERE

To view the society's response see HERE

To view the society's responses to previous planning applications at the Garden House:

See HERE and HERE for DC/057081

See HERE for DC/059185

See HERE for a general statement of the society's position

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Car Parking Charges in Marple (SMBC Car Parks)

The council is to raise car parking charges in Marple (and other District Centres in Stockport) by 10p on the first three charges (20p, 40p, 60p) so that the charges in Marple will become 30p, 50p, 70p, 80p, £1 etc. On street free parking for one hour will remain unchanged.  The two car parks on Brabyn's Brow will continue as free car parks for the forseeable future.

The council originally proposed a charge of 50p for the first 2 hours and an increase of 10p thereafter and charging on the two car parks on Brabyn's Brow.

Following representations from interested parties, including the Civic Society, the council called a meeting on 10th January 2018 to discuss the implications of the proposed increase.  The civic society objected on the grounds of cost, town viability/ frequent return visits (ie 50p to pick up an newspaper !!) and convenience.  The civic society's notes on the meeting can be seen  HERE

Whilst not perfect, the council's decision preserves the free parking on Brabyn's Brow car parks and a relatively modest price increase.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Notice of AGM and Speaker Meeting 2018

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

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

Members wishing to stand for committee or to nominate another member can obtain nomination forms by contacting Gillian Postill:
Telephone: 0161 427 1379
or email:

Light refreshments will be served from 2.40pm prior to the business meeting at 3-00pm.
Paul Hartley Stockport MBC Conservation Officer

We will then welcome our speaker Paul Hartley.  Paul has been a conservation officer with Stockport MBC for many years.  When other councils dispensed with their conservation officers due to cut backs, Stockport Council had the good sense not to follow suit.  Paul is known to many in Marple due to his involvement in our abundant heritage.  He has spoken at Civic Society meetings in the past on Local Listings and the Oldknow's Legacy project. This time we have asked him to concentrate on conservation in general, including conservation appraisals and other conservation protection that might help us to better care for Marple.  Can we extend conservation areas or create new ones for example?  Come along to find out more and ask questions of our conservation officer.

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).

Dates for your diary - further speaker meetings and workshops

- Planning workshops - Get your own back: be a thorn in the side of the planners!

          Tuesday 22nd May 2018 - WORKSHOP ONE - THE MECHANICS OF PLANNING
          Tuesday 31st  July   2018  - WORKSHOP TWO - TOOLS TO ACHIEVE THE VISION

          no planning knowledge required - these workshops will cover the basics of land-use     
          and transport planning - workshops led by planning professionals Peter Black and                   Simon Temple

- Social Evening - Thursday 11th October 7.30 - 9.15 pm
           Topic: WHY BECOME A COUNCILLOR?  (AT THE AGE OF 19!)
           Speaker: Councillor Thomas Dowse
           Join us at 7.10pm for a complimentary glass of wine, nibbles and a congenial evening

See HERE for further details of 2018 speaker meeting

Friday, 23 February 2018

Committee Meeting Minutes 20th February 2018

Committee Meeting Minutes for 20th February 2018 can be viewed HERE

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Committee Meeting Minutes 23rd January 2018

Committee Meeting Minutes for 23rd January 2018 can be viewed HERE

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Civic Voice War Memorials Event 7th February 2018

On 7th February the civic society took part in a Civic Voice event as part of the "First World War Memorials Programme". The event was held at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, believed to be the only purpose built war memorial art gallery in the world.

The event heard from a variety of volunteers engaged in the WW1 Memorials Programme who reviewed their work over the past few years and considered the future protection of war memorials in England.

Civic Society Trustee Andrew Moorhouse
giving the society's presentation
Photo: Arthur Procter

The society's presentation included how we became involved, local groups who supported the project, how we carried out the survey and what was achieved.  For the record, 32 memorials were listed on the national database and four freestanding memorials were recommended as eligible for national grade II listing.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Marple Area Committee Meeting 31st January 2018

A report on the Marple Area Committee meeting that took place on 31st January 2018 can be viewed  HERE

Future Marple Area Committee Dates

7th March 2018
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

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Stockport MBC Car Parking Charges

Stockport MBC are proposing to increase parking charges throughout the borough, including the currently free car parks on Brabyn's Brow, as a way of increasing revenue.

Following representations from many interested parties, incluing ther Civic Society, SMBC officers called a meeting on 10th January 2018 to discuss the implications of the proposed increases.  See Civic Society notes on the meeting HERE

The meeting was attended by Conservative and Lib Dem Councillors, a market trader and two members of the Civic Society.

There was not sufficient time to discuss alternatives solutions either for Marple or the other District Centres. However a strong case was made against the current proposal which the officer agreed to take back to the council cabinet.

Cllr Allan, who was at the meeting, has suggested that a working party be set up to look at options for an alternative plan.  The Civic Society will support this proposal.