More affordable housing to be delivered

title-image-s106-affordable-housingStockport Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that their strategy for Investing in Stockport has been acknowledged by central government as an extremely successful scheme. Stockport has been awarded £5.5 million for its affordable homes programme (a significantly higher amount than was expected. Cllr McAuley stated that, “There is a big demand for affordable homes in Stockport and of the 11 housing projects just completed 8 are 100% dedicated to affordable housing. I think this illustrates that the Liberal Democrats are serious about a fairer society.”

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Stockport Lib Dem BBQ 2014

Deputy PM Nick Clegg puts his faith in Stockport

Manchester Evening News: “Deputy PM Nick Clegg puts his faith in Stockport during a visit to the borough.

Starkey Laboratories in Hazel Grove welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to its European HQ in Hazel Grove as the leader of the Liberal Democrats paid a flying visit to the North West.

American owned Starkey who employ  nearly 200 staff and technicians at their manufacturing site in Hazel Grove where they produce state of the art audio equipment, from hearing protection to App controlled made for iPhone hearing aids,were delighted to be selected for the visit.

The full story can be found on the MEN website.

Nick Clegg tests out the equipment at Starkey Laboratories
Nick Clegg, accompanied by Mark Hunter MP and Chris Davies MEP, tests out the equipment at Starkey Laboratories

Recycling: Stockport rated Best in whole North West

Stockport is now Britain's 6th best recycling authority
Stockport is now Britain’s 6th best recycling authority

Stockport Council is thanking green-minded residents for helping the borough be the best for recycling rates in the whole of the North West.

Stockport also thrashes all London boroughs, recycling more than any other metropolitan authority in the country. In the league table of all of Britain’s 354 council’s, Stockport comes 6th.

The recycling success means that not only are Stockport residents doing their bit for the environment, they are helping keep council tax down and saving money that can be spent on other services.

The cost of landfill means it costs £246 more per tonne to dispose of waste from the black bin compared to the blue and brown bins.

The Council’s ‘Right Thing Right Bin’ campaign continues to help residents to make sure their recycling efforts aren’t wasted. Materials sent for recycling are checked at the depot and it only takes a few households to have put the wrong items in their recycling bins for a lorry load to be rejected and sent to landfill, causing unnecessary environmental damage and costs.

Stockport: Best value Council in Greater Manchester

Lib Dem Stockport is top of the league for value
Lib Dem Stockport is top of the league for value

Treasury figures have been published showing Stockport to be the best value council in Greater Manchester.

A league table of council’s spending per-resident gives Lib Dem Stockport a lower figure than all other councils in the area, demonstrating the effectiveness of the balanced budget working Stockport Council has worked hard to maintain.

This compares favourably to both Conservative councils like Trafford, and Labour council’s like Oldham and Manchester – a Council which imposed savage cuts despite holding back more than £100 million in town hall coffers and faced national criticism for making “politically motivated cuts.”

The “excellent” financial management of the local authority since the Lib Dems took control of the borough means Stockport Lib Dems are able to propose a Council Tax freeze for 2014/15, something that will be debated by all Stockport councillors in what is expected to be a heated political debate at the Town Hall this Thursday.

Grand Central – development update

Cllrs Hawthorne and McAuley at a site visit at the new Grand Central development
Cllrs Hawthorne and McAuley at a site visit at the new Grand Central development

Most residents will have seen the multi-storey car park being built next to Stockport’s railway station – the first part of regenerating the Grand Central area.

The Lib Dem Council’s Executive has now approved proposals for the next phase – an office block, hotel and public square, giving a pedestrianised exit from the station.

The development creates jobs in the construction phase, but also jobs further down the line in the businesses that will be based here.