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Politics is sometimes a bruising business, but some of the tactics of younger officers and other local Area Cllrs in the local party have, in my opinion, been in their own best interest, not in the interests of local people.

Quite a statement @CllrKennyBlair What was the response from the senior people in the party and the council to whom you reported this behaviour?
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It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.

I joined the Conservative Party in 2014 and although not agreeing with everything the party has ever done, I supported the Party both nationally and locally, becoming a Conservative Councillor in 2015 and campaigned to elect William Wragg as our local MP. I joined the party because their beliefs most closely align with my own. We believe in aspiration, of helping people to help themselves and on meritocracy, where you are rewarded for the skills you have, the work you have done and for what you know not for who you know.

I had hoped to stand for re-election in the 2019 local elections as the Conservative candidate. I was successful in qualifying to apply as a candidate based on my track record as a dedicated local councillor who has fought on a number of key local issues including the restoration of the Middlewood Way to an acceptable standard, to force a rethink on housebuilding on the Greenbelt land in High Lane, on holding the police to account and the latest campaign to get a new leisure facility for Marple.

Politics is sometimes a bruising business, but some of the tactics of younger officers and other local Area Cllrs in the local party have, in my opinion, been in their own best interest, not in the interests of local people.

Therefore, it is with the deepest regret and sadness that I have tendered my resignation with immediate effect from the Hazel Grove Conservative Association and as such from the Conservative Party. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the vast majority of the Members of the Association who helped me during my tenure as a Conservative Councillor and would like to wish them well and to reassure them I will continue to execute my responsibilities as a Councillor with the same dedication and with the same values at my core.

It has been my honour and privilege to serve the constituents of Marple South and High Lane as your Councillor on Stockport Council for the last three years. I will continue to represent you to the best of my ability and work hard for you for the remaining year of my tenure as an independent Councillor.
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Civic Society
« Last post by CTCREP on Yesterday at 01:56:18 PM »
The reason it isn't being used is because it isn't suitable for Commuting cyclists, and not only them. Anyone with a wheeled vehicle such as a pushchair or mobility scooter is put off by the Council's usual insistence on providing a soft surface. Wouldn't it be great if Marple became know as the place where the disabled can access theCountryside.

Now they have introduced a surface more suitable for everyone on part of the Bridleway between Roman Lakes and Strines it is time we pressured Stockport into providing the same on the Middlewood Way and Alan Newton Way

The Government is trying to encourage more people to cycle for health and reducing pollution reasons but Stockport makes no attempt to follow Government wishes nor to follow guidelines on catering for cycling.

A similar route near Derby, treated properly, resulted in people choosing to cycle to work, and there was an increase in property values nearby just because it was there.
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Civic Society
« Last post by amazon on Yesterday at 11:08:56 AM »
I saw two bikes on it today.  And one when I drove past last Sunday.  It's definitely being used.
Wow bit congested that .
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Civic Society
« Last post by andrewbowden on July 21, 2018, 08:26:50 PM »
But that dosent keep lorries of the roads the new cycleway at chadkirk not seen anyone on it yet .

I saw two bikes on it today.  And one when I drove past last Sunday.  It's definitely being used.
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Civic Society
« Last post by amazon on July 21, 2018, 07:37:32 PM »
I note the Civic Society frequently mentions Cycling and that it should get better recognition as being part of the transport system.

The Middlewood Way and Alan Newton Way should be a cyclists commuter route into Stockport and even Manchester. The problem is the surface is unsuitable for commuting cyclists - this Council has always said that Horses have to take precedence over others and so a soft surface has to be provided.

Recently the Council was involved in the resurfacing of the track beyond Roman Lakes and a surface has been put down that is specifically designed for horses and should be acceptable for cyclists,  so I wonder if we can persuade the Civic Society to get the Middlewood Way and Alan Newton Way surfaced with the same material.
But that dosent keep lorries of the roads the new cycleway at chadkirk not seen anyone on it yet .
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Civic Society
« Last post by CTCREP on July 21, 2018, 05:52:28 PM »
I note the Civic Society frequently mentions Cycling and that it should get better recognition as being part of the transport system.

The Middlewood Way and Alan Newton Way should be a cyclists commuter route into Stockport and even Manchester. The problem is the surface is unsuitable for commuting cyclists - this Council has always said that Horses have to take precedence over others and so a soft surface has to be provided.

Recently the Council was involved in the resurfacing of the track beyond Roman Lakes and a surface has been put down that is specifically designed for horses and should be acceptable for cyclists,  so I wonder if we can persuade the Civic Society to get the Middlewood Way and Alan Newton Way surfaced with the same material.
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Local Issues / TFGM, Ring and Ride. ***Feedback requested***
« Last post by Steve Gribbon on July 21, 2018, 01:07:10 PM »
Hello forum members

I have recently attended a TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) meeting where the popular ‘Ring and Ride’ service was discussed.

I learnt that a journey up to 6 miles is possible with the service but only in the Greater Manchester boundary. I spoke with TfGM representatives and asked if this could be extended for users going a similar distance into neighbouring counties, this could help service users users travelling into New Mills, Poynton etc.

The representatives agreed this was worth looking into and have asked me for examples. If you use or know anyone who uses the service and could benefit from going into Cheshire and/or Derbyshire can you please let me know on the email address at the base of this message, just title it TFGM.

I am hoping this will give a bit more freedom for residents who use the service but are limited in their travels.

Kind regards

Steve


https://www.tfgm.com/public-transport/ring-and-ride-minibuses
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Civic Society
« Last post by amazon on July 21, 2018, 01:06:35 PM »
I Tried to cancell a while back they ring you up pleading to stay .as i said its only a fiver .and i do find out whats going on so i can complain if need be .

Thanks for your coments .not really bothered what carolyn thinks about me as you have said i say what i feel like saying ...i get on well with most people .
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Civic Society
« Last post by amazon on July 21, 2018, 01:02:29 PM »
Amazon I've always like your diectness.  Just a little disappointed your a member.
I Tried to cancell a while back they ring you up pleading to stay .as i said its only a fiver .and i do find out whats going on so i can complain if need be .

Thanks for your coments
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