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First Class Stamp for a First Class Borough – can we make it a City?

Stockport’s Lib Dem Council has launched an ambitious bid to promote Stockport to ‘City’ status.

With a population of more than 284,600, Stockport is bigger than cities like Derby and Sunderland.

Lib Dems on the Council feel it is about time Stockport got the recognition it deserves, but critics of the bid claim the bid is a distraction we can’t afford.

But if successful, the potential income to the ‘City of Stockport’ could be half a BILLION pounds.

And the cost of the bid was just a 250 page report and 50 photographs, with a first class stamp to post the report.

“We’re proud of Stockport and we think we have what it takes to achieve City status,” said Sue Derbyshire.  “But some Labour and Tory councillors seem to have such low opinions of Stockport that they act as if they hope the bid will fail.”

Expressions of support have come in from not only all over Stockport and elsewhere in the UK, but even from elsewhere in the World with dignitaries from France, China and Sri Lanka that have visited the area all supporting city status.

The mayor of Heilbronn, in Germany, said that Stockport was “an exciting place of contrasts,” with “bustling modern shopping and leisure centres, its unique heritage attractions, and flourishing business and economy.”  He said that the could not imagine a more suitable candidate for City status than Stockport.

Stockport Council leader Dave Goddard said “This is a big opportunity for Stockport. We will use this bid to make everyone proud of Stockport. And we will make sure that costs are kept to an absolute minimum. The bid will put Stockport on the national and international map. We want as many people as possible getting involved – as the support we have had so far has been overwhelming.”

You can see more on the bid on the relevant section of Stockport Council’s website and discuss the bid with the local team on our contact page.

Stockport Recycling Victory

Dave Goddard celebrates Stockport's Recycling achievement

Stockport is once again top of the league table for recycling performance in Greater Manchester.

Since the Council introduced its new recycling system last year, recycling rates have gone from 35% to in 2007/08 to 53% in 2010/11. They have gone up even further in the first quarter of this year, with Stockport’s rates soaring to 67%.

As well as creating a greener place to live, the success means Stockport has saved millions of pounds that would have been spent sending rubbish to landfill. It costs £107 more per tonne to dispose of “black bin” general waste compared to the waste from green, blue or brown bins.

Thanks to residents who have embraced the scheme, Stockport has avoided £2.3million in waste disposal costs in the last year and will now receive a rebate from Greater Manchester Waste Authority.

Stockport Lib Dem Councillors Sue Derbyshire and Ann Smith praised residents for the effort they have made to recycle correctly.

“Residents wanted a better recycling system and their efforts to put the right thing in the right bin has made all the difference,” said Sue Derbyshire.

The rates are a massive improvement on what other areas near to Stockport have achieved, like Tory Trafford or Labour Oldham, Salford and Manchester.

Manchester City Council performed half as well as Stockport, despite receiving much more government money and having £100million sat in its bank account.

Manchester has been fiercely criticised for laying off thousands of staff and closing libraries, leisure centres and public loos instead of turning to these funds.  

Their cuts have been described as a “cruel and cynical” ploy by Labour as they play politics with peoples services.

But Lib Dem Stockport has been getting on with the job, and residents support for the new recycling scheme has brought enormous benefits to Stockport.

Campaign Victory for Davenport Station

Ann welcomes the u-turn by Transport for Greater Manchester

The battle to stop a potential reduction in the number of trains stopping at Davenport station has been won, after a campaign led by local Lib Dem Councillor Ann Smith.

Hundreds of residents of Davenport, Adswood and Cale Green signed Ann’s petition after she alerted residents to a potential threat to our local rail service.

The report, which was written by Transport for Greater Manchester, suggested that trains between Manchester and Buxton would “skip” Davenport and Woodsmoor stations once an hour.

Ann Smith described any reduction in service to Davenport as “unacceptable” and wrote to TfGM expressing her strong opposition.

Lib Dems at the Council forced TFGM to withdraw the claim that they were not responsible for the report, and they have since confirmed to Stockport Lib Dems that they now do not intend to cut the service and that they will push for More services to Davenport.

“I am very pleased by this u-turn from TfGM, after first claiming they had not written the report and then being forced to backtrack by Lib Dem Councillors,” said Ann.  “But I am still worried that the report looked like TfGM were trying to smuggle a change to Davenport’s service without consulting residents or the council.”

Ann wrote to TfGM opposing any reduction in Davenport’s service and set up a petition  for residents to sign.

There was a massive response to this petition, with hundreds of residents in Davenport, Cale Green, Adswood and elsewhere in Stockport joining forces to oppose any reduction in service.

Millions Extra for Stockport Children

Stockport Academy will get more than £91,000 extra money for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds after Lib Dem work in Government

Millions of pounds in extra cash are coming to Stockport school children after a campaign victory for Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government.

Lib Dems want to close the gap between children from rich and poor families.  Their manifesto called for a ‘pupil premium’ policy, which would pump £2.5 billion directly into schools with disadvantaged pupils.

Scandal

The money would be used to confront the scandal that pupils from these backgrounds are three times less likely to achieve five good GSCEs than their more well-off classmates.

Lib Dems in Government have succeeded in making the premium a reality.  Now more than £2.6m of extra money will go straight into local schools here in Stockport.

Lib Dem Children & Families Minister Sarah Teather said “The Pupil Premium will benefit poorer pupils, providing extra money directly for those pupils who need it the most.

Tackling inequality

“This extra funding will help tackle inequality and enable schools to provide the extra support their pupils need to reach their full potential.”

Every school in Stockport will now get nearly £500 for every child on Free School Meals.

Stockport Academy will get an extra £91,744, Stockport School £65,880 and Adswood, Bridgehall and Banks Lane Primaries a share of an extra £115,144. 

The schools will decide for themselves how the money is spent, with options including cutting class sizes, extending school days or one-to-one tuition sessions.

“Instead of government targets, our schools will decide for themselves how the money is best spent for kids in our schools,” said Ann Smith.

“This is a great example of Liberal Democrat work at the local and national level coming together to help schools like ours in Stockport.”

Getting Ready for Winter

Stockport’s Lib Dems are working hard to make sure the Council prepares now for our winter weather.

Teams from Stockport Council are working through the night to change bulbs in streetlights older than three years old, to head off any potential problems this winter.

Lib Dems lending a hand in last years snowfall

Road repair crews are working on Stockport’s roads fixing everything from potholes to manhole covers, broken bollards to damaged flagstones.

3,000 repairs have been made to local roads, with the most popular routes targeted first to ensure disruption to travel is kept at a miminum.

The Council is also prepared for winter gritting and has stockpiles 4,500 tonnes of rock salt to make sure routes are kept clear and grit bins filled for residents to use on roads and pavements in their community.

“Residents are working with the Council by letting us know of any broken street lights or potholes so that we can prepare for winter,” said  Sue Derbyshire. “They can report these to the local Lib Dem teams and we will pass them on for attention.”

Residents can report any issues like this on our contact page.

Bollard Result for Ann

Ann has secured the bollards requested by Davenport residents

Davenport Councillor Ann Smith has written to residents in Davenport about the bollards recently installed on Kennerley Road.

The bollards are designed to stop drivers parking on the pavement near the junction with Bramhall Lane.

Residents contacted Ann because of the problems caused when some people parked on the pavement near the junction.

It made it difficult for residents in this part of Davenport to turn into the road, and had become a real inconvenience to a lot of people in the area.

“I am pleased action has been taken by the Council. I hope this will improve passage on the road and ease local congestion,” said Ann.

“I will continue to work for solutions to buses and other heavy vehicles that use the road and will update residents through our regular issues of FOCUS.”