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 on: October 20, 2014, 09:06:10 AM 
Started by JJJA19 - Last post by JJJA19
have you heard they are to be converted into houses/flats ? any info appreciated

 on: October 20, 2014, 06:49:59 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with the latest news, which for convenience is also repeated below.

Skatepark Project Update 20 October 2014

Three calendar months have passed since the Marple Skatepark Project Team met with Skatepark Users and the council to score the three Skatepark design tenders received on 13 June. There was a very strong winner of the user group scoring process followed at the meeting on 17 July and this was also reflected in the consultation with users and the public at Marple Carnival on Saturday 21 June 2014. The remainder of the scoring process was concluded with Stockport Council on 28 July with the same tenderer being a clear winner on all fronts.

Since then we've been waiting for Stockport Council to complete their approval process so that we can start talking to the chosen tenderer, tweak his designs and get them ready for planning permission – the intent being that once we have planning permission we would submit a landfill trust grant application to try and win the balance of the money that we need to complete the project.

Unfortunately, at the moment Stockport Council seem unable to bring the approval process to a conclusion. The reason given for this is that the chosen tenderer is a relatively new company and therefore the council are seeking a parent company guarantee. This is not unusual but the council appears to be struggling to reach an agreement on it. It’s hard for us to understand why that would be as the chosen company is currently working on or recently completed seven other skateparks for six different local authorities across the country.

On 24 September we met with Ian Walmsley - the council's Greenspace Manager - and Councillor Martin Candler. Cllr Candler is Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability, which includes responsibility for all Stockport Parks and Green Spaces. It was explained that the delays are having a severe impact on the momentum of the project and we are very concerned about what we will have to do if this matter is not resolved soon in a way that allows us to move on with our plans. Cllr Candler agreed to investigate the issues and see if he can help to resolve them.

As we currently understand it, the council’s procurement and legal service providers are working to resolve the matter but we have no details of what the issues are and have been unable to obtain any indication of how much longer it will take.

We’ve held off making a formal update about the situation until now because we expected it to be resolved within a few weeks but are now in despair at the momentum that has been lost on the project and embarrassed at the delays.

We notified Skatepark Users who took part in the scoring process at the beginning of October and now feel it’s essential to tell other people taking an interest in the project what is happening too. We continue hoping that this issue will be resolved satisfactorily, allowing us to engage with the chosen contractor and move the project forward soon.

We will provide further updates when we have more news.

 on: October 19, 2014, 10:27:12 PM 
Started by gazwhite - Last post by Lily
'Gutted' - like their fish.

 on: October 19, 2014, 09:41:53 PM 
Started by gazwhite - Last post by Harry
That's a shame. Their food is excellent.

 on: October 19, 2014, 08:49:32 PM 
Started by gazwhite - Last post by gazwhite

Decided not to stay?

 on: October 19, 2014, 08:16:42 PM 
Started by Salex - Last post by amazon
Trip Ad visors "Independent Reviews." Dave's right with his ....'pinch of salt."

Any newspaper that uses trip ad visor as some kind of barometer can't have much discernment. It is a list that I will be ignoring.

Ive used hotels that trip advisers re comended and they have been fine .empire llandudno .

 on: October 19, 2014, 04:57:25 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
Mellor Parish Centre
Sunday November 16 2014 – 7-30 pm

From Samuel Oldknow and the Arkwrights by George Unwin:

On December I5th, 1786, Samuel Salte, the London merchant who sold Oldknow’s muslins, wrote “I have sent you the Piano Forte, packed up very Carefully by Pickford's wagon - I hope you will find sweet music in it that will wrap your Soul as Milton says in Elizium. Get the Sweet Nymphs about you, they will waken it and charm your Ears and mind with sounds of sweetest Melody."

Unwin notes that Sebastien Erard, the inventor of the modern piano, made his first English piano in 1780. He then adds “It is likely enough, therefore, that the instrument installed at Heaton [Stockport] in 1786 was one of the first to be heard in the North of England.” Unwin also adds that 1786 was when “the world was enriched by the immortal music of Figaro”.

The concert will be by two talented young musicians:

Rosa Hartley, violin, from Royal College of Music in London

Hayley Parkes, piano, from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

The music will include works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.which might have been heard when Samuel Oldknow entertained his friends in Stockport and Mellor.

Tickets £10. Concessions: £9 for advance booking; £8 or £7 advance booking for under-16s. Tickets will also be available at the Parish Centre and on the door. Numbers are limited so booking is recommended.

To book and pay for your place download the attached pdf form and follow the instructions.

 on: October 19, 2014, 05:34:47 AM 
Started by Salex - Last post by admin
Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch site Our Watch has a wealth of information about setting up:

 on: October 19, 2014, 02:56:59 AM 
Started by Salex - Last post by Salex
 I think the scheme would help us to feel safe and build a better connected neighbourhood.

I plan to speak with my neighbours to see if they would be interested. I wondered if anyone has any advice on setting up a scheme?

 on: October 18, 2014, 08:33:45 PM 
Started by songsinger - Last post by songsinger
A Concert of Seasonal Music on Saturday November 22nd 2014 at 7.30pm, Venue: Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove

Benjamin Britten  ‘St Nicholas’
Vaughan Williams  ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’

Craig Courtney  ‘Musicological Journey Through The Twelve Days of Christmas’

Tickets £10, students/under18s half price – can be reserved by ringing
01663 763509 or purchased on the door or from choir members.

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