Councillor Sue Derbyshire has arranged a public meeting for local residents to discuss the future of the Woodbank nursery site.
The meeting comes after anonymous leaflets were seen in the area claiming that the former Woodbank nursery site will be used to accommodate ‘drug users and alcoholics,’ claims that Sue has described as “completely untrue”.
Councillor Derbyshire has written to local residents to invite them to the meeting to have their say and to ask questions if they have concerns as the claims are “alarming people needlessly.”
She has called on the people involved to stop spreading lies and to contribute positively to the debate about the future of the site.
Local charity CASU are looking to run a market garden on the site, growing fruit and veg which they would sell to people in disadvantaged parts of Stockport.
The charity is staffed by volunteers who have been helped to successfully recover from alcohol addiction and wish to put something back into the community.
“All volunteers are carefully vetted. None have criminal records or use drugs as has been claimed,” said Sue. “The charity already grows produce at the Torkington allotment in Hazel Grove. No problems have been experienced by other users. They have a very good track record. “
The meeting will be held at the Woodbank Community Centre on Turncroft Lane on Monday 17th October at 6.30pm. Residents who are interested in reading the Council report regarding the Woodbank Community Development can read this here.