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Local Issues / Re: Rights of Way
« Last post by Dave on February 16, 2017, 10:56:43 AM »
Good points made by rsh.  That said, and to be fair to SMBC (why not!), last summer they did some serious work on drainage and ditching on the bridleway between Windybottom and Greenclough, next to the railway line near Strines, and I think that may resolve that long-standing and recurring problem. 
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Local Issues / Re: Rights of Way
« Last post by rsh on February 16, 2017, 09:37:34 AM »
The popularisation of mountain bikes has resulted in the mass destruction of the surfaces of many routes by the vandalism of mountain bikes.

Sorry but I've never heard such rubbish! Mountain bikes cause practically no damage whatsoever. Why must you immediately try to turn this into another "us vs them" topic? Can't you see you're actually better off banding together to improve these assets?

I despair at the terrible state of bridleways around here, but I'm quite confident that's down to poor drainage and poor upkeep. Most of them (good examples around Roman Lakes and Strines) seem to have sadly become streams rather than pathways, with water completely washing away the surface, especially with sudden heavy rains in recent years. In some cases, new surfacing has even been laid only for it to be completely washed away! We need a major programme of installing proper drainage channels along these routes to ensure they aren't lost forever.

Edit: In the final "suggest any other improvements" I put:

"Resurfacing Middlewood Way between Torkington Lane and A6, plus providing a proper link across to SEMMMS A6 link road, allowing residents of Marple to quickly and cleanly access this major new cycle route. Major programme of drainage channel improvements to bridleways around Strines, Roman Lakes and Marple to fix longstanding issues of surface wash-away. Working with Canal and River Trust, resurfacing terrible (in parts) Peak Forest Canal towpath from Marple to Stockport border and promoting as the "green gateway to the Peak District" for walking and cycling."
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Events / Re: Goyt Valley SOS Meeting to discuss A6 Extension Proposals [21 February 2017]
« Last post by ringi on February 15, 2017, 05:51:30 PM »
Surely the completion of this road will get some of the traffic OFF the local roads.

Depends on the road, the risk is it takes traffic off the A6 in Stockport, while putting traffic on Dan Bank etc from people in New Mills getting to the new rd.
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Events / Help for the Unemployed [Alternate Mondays at All Saints' Church]
« Last post by moorendman on February 15, 2017, 04:50:17 PM »
Work Club Marple - assisting the unemployed get back to work.

Known as WAY AHEAD, the Work Club meets fortnightly at All Saints’ Church (155 Church Lane, Marple, SK6 7LD) between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on alternate Mondays.
Computer and internet access are available. 
 
Is it for me?
   
If you are unemployed or are facing job loss/redundancy we invite you along to get some practical support in updating your CV, finding jobs, making applications, preparing for interviews and accessing key websites on the internet.
 
What happens?
   
Sessions include discussions on topics such as interview/presentation skills and job search. There will be an opportunity to share experiences/problems as each individual explores opportunities to secure their future in a rapidly changing, and sometimes confusing, employment market.  Refreshments are provided.
 
How do I join ?
   
Just come along to a session and see if it is for you.
 
The sessions up to February 2018 are:

27th February 2017 13th March 2017 27th March 2017
10th April 2017 24th April 2017 8th May 2017 22nd May 2017
5th June 2017 19th June 2017 3rd July 2017 17th July 2017 31st July 2017
14th August 2017 4th September 2017 18th September 2017
2nd October 2017 16th October 2017  30th October 2017
13th November 2017 27th November 2017 11th December 2017
8th January 2018 22nd January 2018 5th February 2018
 
 
If you would like to have a chat first to find out more please give Iain or Pam Kirkpatrick a call on 07971209463

Please let anyone who is unemployed know about this group.
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Local Issues / Re: Sorting office Marple
« Last post by Dave on February 15, 2017, 04:30:20 PM »
I think you're right unless the sorting office closes, this might instill a new dynamic if there is no need to compensate Royal Mail to end their lease.

Maybe so, although my recollection from when the site appraisal was done a while back was that there were fundamental problems with the site (sloping, restricted, and difficult vehicle access, especially for the huge articulated trucks that supermarkets use) which made it basically unattractive to possible supermarket tenants.
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Local Issues / Re: Sorting office Marple
« Last post by marpleexile on February 15, 2017, 04:29:16 PM »
Why is it dead in the water ,

Was it ever alive?

It was proposed as a spoiling tactic to prevent Asda (or anyone else) getting planning permission to build a store on the hibbert lane campus. A lot of us on here felt that the proposals weren't really viable - poor location, poor parking (made worse by the existence of the development), not very accessible and expensive to build due to the topography of the plot.

Closure of the sorting office might make development on this plot cheaper (no relocation costs) but whomever it is will still have to buy out the lease, etc.

It's therefore not really surprising that since the Asda planning application was officially closed, there's not been a peep from anyone interested in reviving the idea.

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Local Issues / Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Last post by admin on February 15, 2017, 04:16:31 PM »
looking good weather good as well .

Yes, the weather has been very cooperative so far :)
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Local Issues / Re: Marple Skatepark Fund-raising target of £100,000 Reached!
« Last post by amazon on February 15, 2017, 04:02:05 PM »
Photos from Day 14 - more progress on concrete slabs:






looking good weather good as well .
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Local Issues / Re: Sorting office Marple
« Last post by amazon on February 15, 2017, 03:50:59 PM »
If it was going to happen, it would have started happening by now. It's dead in the water, surely.
Why is it dead in the water ,
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Local Issues / Re: Sorting office Marple
« Last post by admin on February 15, 2017, 12:32:15 PM »
If it was going to happen, it would have started happening by now. It's dead in the water, surely.


I think you're right unless the sorting office closes, this might instill a new dynamic if there is no need to compensate Royal Mail to end their lease. It all seems very quiet, do we know if there have been any firm decisions made about the possible closure?
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