Council Loan for Stockport County

Ann gets behind Stockport County
Ann Smith supports getting behind Stockport County

Lib Dems on Stockport Council have agreed to continue their campaign to get behind local football club Stockport County by agreeing to a loan of £182,125 for the club.

The loan, which is underwritten by the Football League, would be repaid at the end of August at an interest rate of 3% above Bank Rate to ensure taxpayers funds are protected.

The loan is required because of what a Council report described as “an immediate cash flow issue” which has forced County to ask for the Council’s assistance with access to short term funds.

The report said:

“Over recent years, SCFC has faced a number of issues which have caused it difficulties in operating as a going concern. A considerable amount of work has been undertaken in stabilising the Club and in making changes to the management structure since it came out of administration.”

“The presence of a professional football club within the Borough is considered to be of significant importance by the Council. There are benefits to the locality in terms of business generated and local pride in SCFC continuing to be a viable club.”

Ann Smith welcomed the decision and said: “This decision helps protect an institution which is not only an important community asset to people all over Stockport, especially in the area I represent, but also reportedly brings in £1.7m a year into Stockport’s economy. This is too much to ignore.”

“Stockport cannot afford to lose County so it is in the interest of us all to get behind the club as best we can whilst ensuring taxpayers money is protected.”

Lib Dems Secure Stockport Post Office Future

Sue and Jenny at Hempshaw Lane Post Office
Councillor Sue Derbyshire with Jenny Humphreys outside Hempshaw Lane Post Office - now safe from closure after Lib Dem action in Government

There will be no more Post Office closures in Stockport after a Lib Dem Government Minister secured a ten-year deal between the Post Office and the Royal Mail.

Manor Councillor Sue Derbyshire – a long-standing campaigner against Post Office closures – hailed the new deal as “a very welcome move” that will safeguard the future of the Post Office.

The deal, announced in January by Lib Dem Business Minister Ed Davey, will give additional certainty to subpostmasters across the UK and covers the full range of Royal Mail products available at post offices – such as first and second class post, parcels, air mail, recorded and special deliveries.

“The new national deal will end Labour’s shameful Post Office closure programme, which saw more than 7,100 Post Offices disappear in their 13 years in office.” said Sue.

“After years of Post Office closures under Labour, it is excellent news that Liberal Democrats are doing the right thing by ensuring that the Post Office has a sustainable future ahead of it.”

“The news that Hempshaw Lane Post Office is safe is great news for local people,” said Sue. “The other two local post offices serving Manor Ward were closed under the last Labour Government.”

Residents Support Lib Dem stance on future of Offerton School site

Residents have said ‘no’ to a proposal to allow the Offerton school site in Manor ward to be used as a gypsy and traveller site.

 

Residents were consulted for their views, and backed the view of Councillors Sue Derbyshire and Daniel Hawthorne that it was not suitable for a gypsy/travellers’ park and also that the entire site should remain in the Green Belt.

 

Further consultation will be held with residents during this year to develop a planning brief that will define what would be suitable for the site.

Residents Support Lib Dem stance on future of Offerton School site

Residents have said ‘no’ to a proposal to allow the Offerton school site in Manor ward to be used as a gypsy and traveller site.

Residents were consulted for their views, and backed the view of Councillors Sue Derbyshire and Daniel Hawthorne that it was not suitable for a gypsy/travellers’ park and also that the entire site should remain in the Green Belt.

Further consultation will be held with residents during this year to develop a planning brief that will define what would be suitable for the site.