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Not on the basis of that answer it's not.

She didn't rule out building on greenbelt land, just that the local authority must have examined all other options first - which is what the current rules say anyway isn't it?

I'd agree - just stating the obvious. Green Belt is last on the list, but its not sacred. Two politicians mouthing platitudes. Meanwhile in the real world......
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Following PM Question Time this week, is the High Lane proposal dead in the water?

Not on the basis of that answer it's not.

She didn't rule out building on greenbelt land, just that the local authority must have examined all other options first - which is what the current rules say anyway isn't it?
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Day 24 - lamppost that was in wrong place to drawing was moved yesterday so that excavations around poppy feature can start and ramps and steelwork continue to progress:







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Posted on behalf of Stockport Hydro:

Another successful year for Stockport Hydro Ltd: 11 local projects benefit from the 2017 Environmental Challenge Award

Representatives of the projects will receive their awards at 10.30 am on 10th March 2017 at Stockport Hydro at Otterspool on the River Goyt.  This year the fund, created by the sale of renewable energy, has been increased to £2,000. 

Awards will be presented to:   
  • Furniture Station, Hazel Grove; contribution to working safely courses for staff.
  • Friends of Marple Memorial Park; new pollen and nectar rich plants and trees to improve diversity of park.
  • Seashell Trust; creation of a raised bed enabling children in wheelchairs to participate in horticultural activities alongside children and young adults with learning difficulties and sensory impairment.
  • All Saints C of E Primary School; purchase of trees to improve school grounds.
  • MESS; purchase of picnic table for community orchard.
  • Friends of Torkington Park; installation of bird and bat boxes.
  • Heaton School; provision of mats for wheelchair access to forest activities and purchase of fire pit to enhance sensory experiences of children and young adults with learning difficulties and sensory impairment.
  • Walthew House; contribution towards costs of materials for leisure activities for centre users with sight, hearing or sensory loss.
  • Friends of Hesketh Park and Mellor Green; funding for purchase of hedging, shrubs, self-seeding annual and perennial wild flowers.
  • St Christopher’s Primary School; purchase of outdoor clothing to ensure all children engage in outdoor activities.
  • Marple Community Café; purchase a hob to enable hot food to be sold.
Stockport Hydro is run entirely by volunteers and produces power that is fed directly into the National Grid. This creates an income that maintains the scheme, pays a return to investors and the Environmental Challenge fund.  Over the anticipated 40-year life of the project, the scheme expects to save over 100,000 tonnes of CO2.

For further information/interviews contact: http://www.stockport-hydro.co.uk 

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Local Issues / Re: Rights of Way
« Last post by CTCREP on Today at 09:00:39 AM »
Landowners are already being encouraged to create Wildlife Corridors through their fields as well as Bank Erosion Free Zones alongside rivers. If these were incorporated with the land used for horses, and there was some cooperation between interested parties, that “dream” might come true.

You may be interested in this quote from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee :-

“The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee launches an inquiry into the role of tourism in supporting rural growth in England. Rural Tourism provides around £17 billion a year to the English economy. “


Several representatives are giving evidence including the British Horse Society, the Ramblers Association and Cycling UK.  They obviously recognise that Tourism is a major industry.  It is hopeful that outdated RoW rules will be replaced with something more relevant to 21st century society.

Meanwhile is it too much to ask Stockport to recognise that some Urban RoW’s should be properly surfaced  enabling the residents of Stockport to get to schools etc without resorting to the car.


To see what others do without relying on outdated legislature see http://www.digmcr.com/fjmtb/
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Weekly Events / St Martin's Church Open Days [Saturdays April to October]
« Last post by admin on Today at 07:58:04 AM »
St Martin's Heritage Trust will be starting their programme of openings on Saturday mornings from Saturday 15 April 2017 until Saturday 28 October 2017 from 1030-1230.

Come along to see the restored Whall painting.

They will be looking for more stewards/guides for this project over the next year: if you would be interested in becoming a guide please contact the Trust via their Contact Us page: full training will be given! The first training meeting will be held on Saturday 15 April 2017.
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Following PM Question Time this week, is the High Lane proposal dead in the water?

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Local Issues / Re: Rights of Way
« Last post by Dave on Yesterday at 10:49:09 AM »
I didn’t suggest the Council should pay for new Horse Trails, I said they could be achieved by the cooperation of those involved in the horse riding industry

OK, so are  riding stables going to be able to buy connecting strips of land from farmers and golf clubs to make these new 'horse trails'? Dream on!

  just as the local mountain biking fraternity have done for their pastime.

Have they? Tell us about it.
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Local Issues / Re: Rights of Way
« Last post by CTCREP on Yesterday at 09:06:42 AM »
Dave;  I didn’t suggest the Council should pay for new Horse Trails, I said they could be achieved by the cooperation of those involved in the horse riding industry,  just as the local mountain biking fraternity have done for their pastime.

What I suggested was that some Urban Bridleways should be surfaced to allow walkers and cyclists to contribute to the Government’s Active travel Initiative. Dave says any available money should be used to cater for the elderly and the infirm who are taking up hospital beds. He  doesn’t realise that Active Travel will encourage many people, particularly children, to realise that there is an alternative to the car which will result in reducing the number of NHS beds taken up by those suffering from obesity, and also reduce the number of people suffering from infirmity, as well as reducing pollution etc etc.

Stockport Council wastes thousands of pounds on schemes such as that on New Bridge Lane, supposedly for the benefit of cyclists, but in reality making life more inconvenient, even dangerous for cycling. Money is already being spent on little used footpaths - welcome though it is - but could be better spent on upgrading Urban Bridleways to allow residents to access schools and shops etc. on foot, by bike or with a pushchair in comfort, and without having to dress as if going on a country expedition.

If anyone wants more information on these points I can provide them.
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Main Web Site Updates / St Martin's Low Marple Heritage Trust Website
« Last post by admin on Yesterday at 07:21:39 AM »
With the support of The Marple Website St Martin's Low Marple Heritage Trust have their own website here: http://www.stmartinsheritagetrust.org.uk/

And the Trust has recently published a report of the work they did in 2016:

http://www.stmartinsheritagetrust.org.uk/news-events/22-summary-of-the-work-undertaken-by-the-trust-in-2016.html
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