Sad passing of Cllr Maureen Rowles

The Liberal Democrat Group were sad to hear of the death early this morning of Labour Councillor Maureen Rowles, after a lengthy period of illness.

Speaking of her passing Cllr Iain Roberts, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said “It was with much sadness that I heard of Maureen’s death this morning. A stalwart of the Labour Group who was popular with members across the political spectrum, she first became a councillor almost 40 years ago. She was well liked and respected in equal measure. She always spoke with passion and was a stalwart champion of her residents in Brinnington and Central ward. Our thoughts go to her family and many friends both in and out of politics.”

Job Opportunity: Campaigns Organiser – Stockport Liberal Democrats

Save our GreenbeltSalary: £18,000 + (based on experience)

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an energetic and enthusiastic person to become the full-time Campaigns Organiser for Stockport Liberal Democrats, assisting teams in the formerly held seats of Cheadle and Hazel Grove as well as Stockport Constituency.

With both Manchester City centre on the doorstep and good transport links with the rest of North West, this is the ideal position for someone looking to get more insight into political campaigning.

The successful candidate will work with us to prepare for our local elections in May 2018 and ideally towards Greater Manchester in the Mayoral contest.

The main tasks include organising voter contact and recruiting, retaining and organising volunteers to support local campaigning across Stockport although some knowledge of art working would also be useful.

The post is offered on an initial fixed term contract until May 2018. The successful candidate could start now or after the May 2017 elections for an exceptional candidate.

You can download the Job Description and Person Specification here

Closing Date: 16th March 2017

Interview Date: Week of 27th March 2017

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter to the Chair of Stockport Metro, Claire Halliwell at If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion about the role please initially send Claire an email.

Stockport school safety scheme to come to Budget Council meeting

  • Lib Dem proposal will see new traffic wardens employed
  • Aim is to boost safety around schools
  • Plan is for money raised from fines to cover the cost

Stockport Liberal Democrats are proposing to boost the number of traffic wardens across the borough, and are targeting dangerous parking around schools.

The scheme will see Stockport Council employing more traffic wardens, with their cost being covered by the fines they bring in.”

“We believe the Council can do more to protect children around our schools, and to enforce parking rules right across the borough,” said Cllr Laura Booth, who is herself disabled since childhood after a serious road traffic accident outside school.

“Our plan is simple: as long as the money coming in from fines covers the cost of the traffic wardens, we should keep on employing more. That means safer streets without costing taxpayers a penny. It’s those parking illegally who’ll be paying.”

“As councillors, we get complaint after complaint after complaint about illegal and dangerous parking,” said Cllr Iain Roberts. “Honest drivers are quite rightly angry when they see others getting away with flouting the law. More traffic wardens will make a real difference.”

The Lib Dem scheme, is being proposed at the Budget Council meeting on 23rd February as an amendment to the ruling Labour group’s budget.

If passed, the proposal will see the Council initially employ two new traffic wardens, with more being taken on when we know the fines being raised are covering the cost of those first two.

Lib Dems launch scheme for Stockport to recapture recycling crown

  • Lib Dem budget amendment will invest £250,000 to improve recycling rates
  •  The “spend-to-save” investment will bring more money into the council and be good for the environment
  • Other parties given advance notice and asked to support the proposal

Stockport Liberal Democrats are proposing a bold scheme to recapture the recycling crown the borough had just a few years ago as the best urban recycler in the country.

The scheme will see Stockport residents given information and encouragement to recycling more.

“Stockport residents have always done us proud on recycling, making the borough one of the top recyclers in the country,” said Cllr Lisa Smart, “but recently we’ve slipped down the rankings. That’s bad for the environment and it’s costing us money. Every time something goes to expensive landfill instead of being recycled, local taxpayers pick up the bill.”

The Lib Dem scheme, being proposed at the Budget Council meeting on 23rd February, is an “invest to save” plan.

“We’ve looked at the evidence from what Stockport has done in the past and what other councils are doing around the country. We are confident that an investment of £250,000 to help residents recycle more will see taxpayers save that amount several times over. That means more money to spend on repairing our roads and looking after our vulnerable and elderly people.” said Cllr Mark Hunter.

The proposal will come to Budget Council as an amendment to the ruling Labour Group’s budget.

“Opposition amendments are often sprung on the budget meeting by surprise,” said Group Leader Iain Roberts. “In this case we have let the other groups know about our proposal well in advance. We believe it’s a prudent measure that will improve Stockport’s recycling and save the council money so we’re asking the other groups to support it.”

Government white paper adds weight to case against GM Spatial Framework


  • Save our GreenbeltNew housing targets proposed for later this year, but GMSF still working on old numbers
  • Despite warm words from ministers, white paper puts our greenbelt under even more threat
  • No measures proposed to make it easier to build on brownfield sites

Stockport’s Lib Dem leader Cllr Iain Roberts has again called for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) to be scrapped after the publication of a Government housing white paper made clear even more pressure would be put on Greater Manchester to build in the greenbelt.

“Despite warm words from ministers, this white paper means more building on the greenbelt, not less,” said Iain. “The Government is telling councils to build more houses, but isn’t giving them any help to build more on brownfield sites. As councils are currently saying that they’re building as much as they can on brownfield sites, that leaves only one alternative – build more on the greenbelt.”

The Liberal Democrats are calling for Stockport to withdraw from the GMSF, and calling on the Government to do more to help councils build on brownfield sites.

“The white paper, along with proposed mayoral powers, have already made the GMSF obsolete,” said Cllr Lisa Smart, who opposes plans to build 4,000 homes on green belt around High Lane.

“They are developing a plan based on numbers which we now know one hundred percent for sure will be wrong before the plan is finalised. Now is the time to stop and look again at our options.”

“You can walk through any town in Greater Manchester and find building after building that’s empty, under-used, in poor condition or simply not fit for purpose. We can do better,” said Cllr Mark Hunter, who’s leading the fight against greenbelt development in Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme and Heald Green.

“We need the Government to give us the powers and funding to sort out those sites and bring them back into use. We need the powers to force developers to build on brownfield sites first and only go into the greenbelt when there is genuinely no other option. This Conservative government white paper completely fails to deliver.”