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 31 
 on: July 16, 2014, 03:37:43 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by wheels
Well actually Dave other than this petition no one seems to have pointed to any actual council proposal.

Do we even trust or believe those behind the petition?

 32 
 on: July 16, 2014, 02:43:11 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by Dave
But there are no proposals to withdraw support from Friends Groups Dave!!!!

So the petition has worked already!   Smiley

 33 
 on: July 16, 2014, 02:30:14 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by wheels
Wheels must be right, of course, if only because the Big Society was dreamed up well before the 2010 election.  It was a major feature of the Tory election manifesto in 2010, and was set out in the manifesto as four key priorities:

    Give communities more powers (localism and devolution)
    Encourage people to take an active role in their communities (volunteerism)
    Transfer power from central to local government
    Support co-ops, mutuals, charities and social enterprises
    Publish government data (open/transparent government)

So a promise to encourage people to take an active role in their communities is shortly followed by the withdrawal of support for Friends of Parks Groups.  How times change! 

But there are no proposals to withdraw support from Friends Groups Dave!!!!

 34 
 on: July 16, 2014, 01:17:02 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by Mr Marple
That's good news, and testimony, in part at least, to the influence of this forum.  It will be interesting to find out whether it makes any difference!

As for this....
The point is far from irrelevant - or even irrtlevent.   Wink   This is only happening because of the government's huge cuts to local authority funding.  The Tories were elected on a promise to give communities more powers, and to transfer power from central to local government, and once they got into office they did the exact opposite and cut local authority funding by 43%!  And they wonder why we don't trust politicians any more! 

Many, if not all, political groups were elected into power for whatever reason or intentions and when they got into the position of power they usually did the exact reverse. This has happened for years and I fully comprehend why you talk of lack of trust in politicians.

They have done more negative actions than good ones, as far as I'm aware, which is very much enough to verify the lack of trust. In my mind I keep thinking about double-standards, hypocrisy and contradiction.

 35 
 on: July 16, 2014, 01:07:17 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by Mr Marple

It's interesting to see just how low the responses to most of the e-petitions on the council site are though. I only found out about this one from a set of Green Space Forum minutes I happened to read and had not seen any other attempt to publicise it until this thread.

your comment Admin is quite accurate/true. The very fact that these petitions are not made easily publically aware speaks volumes, in my mind alone at least, and implies several things which can also be a worry for the community.

What happened to clarity?

 36 
 on: July 16, 2014, 12:49:18 PM 
Started by dr.chris - Last post by dr.chris
The other day, our 12-year-old son dropped his wallet (containing our house key and some money), without realising, on the 384 bus travelling from Compstall to Marple. Naturally, we were very worried about the key being lost and who might find it. We were delighted, though, to receive a call from Greg, the bus driver on that journey (and a Marple resident), to tell us that he had found the wallet. He very kindly arranged for us to collect it that same day.

It was such a kind gesture and lovely to know that such honesty still exists. It's another reminder of how lucky we are to live in a place that has such a strong community, together with all the values that go alongside that.

We moved to Marple less than two years ago, and haven't looked back since - it's a very friendly and beautiful place, and we appreciate it on a daily basis!


 37 
 on: July 16, 2014, 12:41:02 PM 
Started by My login is Henrietta - Last post by elpram
I had the afternoon tea last week....very scrumptious, good value for quantity/quality and doggy box to take home leftovers for the kids  Cheesy

 38 
 on: July 16, 2014, 12:13:56 PM 
Started by Bluezorro - Last post by Duke Fame
£2.5K is a very small amount of money to invest in attracting new visitors to Marple, when you consider the potential additional spending and employment which it could produce over the years. 

Just to be clear, I don;t disagree that £2.5K is a very small amount of money to invest in attracting new  visitors (spending customers) to Marple.

The argument is whether this drawing is likely to achieve that AND moreover, it's highly likely that this drawing could have been done for free as a school / college project.

However, It's possible that the logo is part of something more, perhaps an extended advertising campaign and an overall strategy and we shouldn't jump to conclusions.

I understand that Stockport Old town also has a new logo which will be plastered on billboards, press around the north west, lamposts around the old town and leads on to a proactive effort to get the empty units within the old town filled up. The point of the Portas pilot is to get the retail side in the high street back in business, they are not to act like the local council as the council have contributed to the failure of the high street.

After a rather inauspicious start, this past 9 months has seen 12 new retail units open, 6 new market traders, a business incubation unit,  'Seven Miles Out' art / cultural venue, the Bakers Vault open and the old Yate's will open in August. I understand the Portas group are now talking with banks, angel investors and accountants and providing some financial assistance to entrepreneurs who look to open business in the old town.

 39 
 on: July 16, 2014, 11:47:54 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by Duke Fame
That's good news, and testimony, in part at least, to the influence of this forum.  It will be interesting to find out whether it makes any difference!

As for this....
The point is far from irrelevant - or even irrtlevent.   Wink   This is only happening because of the government's huge cuts to local authority funding.  The Tories were elected on a promise to give communities more powers, and to transfer power from central to local government, and once they got into office they did the exact opposite and cut local authority funding by 43%!  And they wonder why we don't trust politicians any more! 

i think you know my views on local authorities, hardly worth me biting.

 40 
 on: July 16, 2014, 11:46:08 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by Duke Fame
The E-Petition is now closed and I look forward to seeing the council's response in due course.

I'm pleased to see that we've managed to raise the signatures from 56 to 145, making it the 5th best supported Stockport Council e-petition since they began in 2011.

It's interesting to see just how low the responses to most of the e-petitions on the council site are though - directly related to the level of awareness of them I would imagine (not to mention the technical difficulty some people told me they had when trying to sign it) - I only found out about this one from a set of Green Space Forum minutes I happened to read and had not seen any other attempt to publicise it until this thread.

I'm afraid I didn't sign, i agree entirely with you but did not want to hand over my information to the council.

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