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Title: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on December 12, 2017, 10:14:29 PM
Thank you for starting the thread regarding this issue Admin.

This seems a good platform to say a little about myself, so here goes

I'm Steve Gribbon, I've lived here for 15 years and do so with my partner Rebecca and our 10 year old Son, George. We moved here because we wanted a safe friendly place to raise a family, and lots of green open space that we could enjoy. We found Marple the ideal place and have not looked back since moving here. I'm 46 years old but am thankful that I don't feel it (yet). 

In my worklife I am a watch manager (Station Officer) in the Fire Service, I have been in the job for over 25 years so I'm approaching retirement in 2022. I love the job I do, like anything it has good points, and because of the nature of what we get involved in, the bad points are usually very bad.  This has done taught me to develop a 'thick skin', and I have no issue with dealing with critical decisions. Rebecca is also a Watch Manager in the Fire Service and will progress further in the forthcoming years.

Socially I collect (and consume sometimes) good single malt scotch, enjoy keeping my fitness levels acceptable and am utterly obsessed with skiing. I love my family life, getting home from work is always such a nice feeling. I am a coach at Marple Rugby Club where George plays, and I was previously on the PTA at Rose Hill Primary School.

I want to be a Councillor as I firmly believe that we live in a wonderful area, and should be proud of what we have around us. Walking round the canal locks, the fields and the area in general makes me realise that we are a lucky community, and I want to help keep it that way, and improve where possible. I understand that there are issues to deal with, the traffic congestion (the famous Marple crawl really does need dealing with), parking, Policing and recent instances of anti social behavior have highlighted areas that need close attention. I have visited and spoken to several people who have been unfortunate victims of crime to offer reassurance, but this is who I am as a person, it's not always for the benefit of 'seen to be doing'.

I have recently started meeting people by introducing myself on roads I have visited, and found many people have constructive suggestions which I am quickly learning from and dealing with, with help from Lib Dem Councillors Geoff Abell and Malcolm Allen when it is needed. I want to meet as many people as possible and will be getting out and about as much as I can. I enjoy being contacted and feel public engagement is key in developing relationships with the people of Marple. Recent visits to see the lights being switched on at Compstall and having contact with Friends of Cromwell Park have left me feeling very welcomed.

One area I will not get involved in is negative or over-reactive comments which I have seen on many occasions spiral out of control. While I like anyone enjoy 'banter' I am a very positive person by nature and would much rather deal with important sensitive issues in a calm professional manner. I am not afraid to have my own thoughts or decisions, but I believe my manner will always be respectful.

I fully intend to be on the site offering my thoughts and opinions where I feel I can be of assistance. I want to be the very best Councillor I can be for Marple North and would love to hear from anyone who wants to be in touch. My intention is to run small meet/greet 'surgeries' in the New Year, and I will update as soon as I can with dates etc.   

Thank you for getting to the end of my page! I wish everyone a fantastic and safe festive period.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon

Email-stevegribbonlibdems@gmail.com  Twitter- @sgribbonlibdems (https://twitter.com/sgribbonlibdems)
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on December 19, 2017, 12:21:41 PM
Thanks for introducing yourself @Steve Gribbon

We have a lovely varied set of people (and over 200 clubs) and I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting most of them!
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on December 20, 2017, 05:02:59 PM
Thanks Geoff

I agree the groups in our area would be the envy of other communities, I'm looking forward to visiting as many as possible. I've met several but any invitations are welcome!!!

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on January 15, 2018, 03:48:34 PM
Hello Site members

A quick update regarding issues I've been involved in for Marple North:

Traffic congestion-not an easy one as we all know but I have recently been away and seen an excellent 'car sharing' initiative. It's amazing how many cars at peak times just carry 1 person. I have been in contact with the people who created the car sharing scheme to find out how it is monitored and to see how/if it could work over here.

Police-Unfortunately crime is happening in our area (it isn't just us of course, I'm aware other places have far worse crime rates than us), I have visited a shop and some residents who have been the victims of crime to see how help can be given and just to check on their wellbeing, and have met and emailed the local PCSO's regarding this matter, and others such a youth issues in autumn. I have also been dealing with a potential installation of CCTV in Compstall (details are on this site) and will inform and update whenever possible.

Street cleaning-It has been mentioned that pavements and sidewalks are getting slippery with moss, I have been in touch with the Council over areas requested for inspection and cleaning has taken place where deemed necessary.

Canvassing/campaigning-with the elections coming up in May I have been out as much as possible meeting people, mostly up Stockport Road and the adjoining side roads, and recently around Bonnington Rise. My intention is to get to as many places and people as possible in Marple North, and I am also in the process of setting up 'meet and greets' in Compstall and Mellor.

Whilst at present I am a candidate and not a full Councillor, I am thoroughly enjoying this role and take great satisfaction with helping people.

Thanks for reading this, and please be in touch if you have any questions, queries or would like to meet. 

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: amazon on January 15, 2018, 09:28:37 PM
Hello Site members

A quick update regarding issues I've been involved in for Marple North:

Traffic congestion-not an easy one as we all know but I have recently been away and seen an excellent 'car sharing' initiative. It's amazing how many cars at peak times just carry 1 person. I have been in contact with the people who created the car sharing scheme to find out how it is monitored and to see how/if it could work over here.

Police-Unfortunately crime is happening in our area (it isn't just us of course, I'm aware other places have far worse crime rates than us), I have visited a shop and some residents who have been the victims of crime to see how help can be given and just to check on their wellbeing, and have met and emailed the local PCSO's regarding this matter, and others such a youth issues in autumn. I have also been dealing with a potential installation of CCTV in Compstall (details are on this site) and will inform and update whenever possible.

Street cleaning-It has been mentioned that pavements and sidewalks are getting slippery with moss, I have been in touch with the Council over areas requested for inspection and cleaning has taken place where deemed necessary.

Canvassing/campaigning-with the elections coming up in May I have been out as much as possible meeting people, mostly up Stockport Road and the adjoining side roads, and recently around Bonnington Rise. My intention is to get to as many places and people as possible in Marple North, and I am also in the process of setting up 'meet and greets' in Compstall and Mellor.

Whilst at present I am a candidate and not a full Councillor, I am thoroughly enjoying this role and take great satisfaction with helping people.

Thanks for reading this, and please be in touch if you have any questions, queries or would like to meet. 

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
        you new if elected councllors seam to sort of disapear .
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on January 15, 2018, 10:57:05 PM
        you new if elected councllors seam to sort of disapear .

Hello Amazon, thanks for this message and if I am reading it correctly it says that 'new Councillors seem to disappear'? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Well if I can add to my remarks I would like to say that I have been out since September knocking on doors and introducing myself to residents, and my meeting people involved as a victim of crime can go back further than that. I've no intention of disappearing, I enjoy my time on here and have no problem in replying to people. I read this site and other local issue sites every day to see where help can be given and to keep up to speed with local matters.
A good example of not disappearing is Councillor Malcolm Allan who has worked tirelessly in helping getting The Northumberland Arms up and running, and has acted as spokesperson for the Pub on television. The only thing Malcolm hasn't done is post it on here, but his actions speak louder than words. 
I hope this reply helps you in your thinking, and I also hope the pathways recently cleared near your house are also still clear and safe after our recent communication?

Kind regards and thanks for being in touch

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: amazon on January 16, 2018, 09:57:56 PM
Hello Amazon, thanks for this message and if I am reading it correctly it says that 'new Councillors seem to disappear'? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Well if I can add to my remarks I would like to say that I have been out since September knocking on doors and introducing myself to residents, and my meeting people involved as a victim of crime can go back further than that. I've no intention of disappearing, I enjoy my time on here and have no problem in replying to people. I read this site and other local issue sites every day to see where help can be given and to keep up to speed with local matters.
A good example of not disappearing is Councillor Malcolm Allan who has worked tirelessly in helping getting The Northumberland Arms up and running, and has acted as spokesperson for the Pub on television. The only thing Malcolm hasn't done is post it on here, but his actions speak louder than words. 
I hope this reply helps you in your thinking, and I also hope the pathways recently cleared near your house are also still clear and safe after our recent communication?

Kind regards and thanks for being in touch

Steve Gribbon
             

Ido vote lib dem steve you can check if you want
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on January 17, 2018, 06:46:48 PM
Hi Amazon

I do hope you vote that way of course! I would never want to check, I would take your word for it and respect your voting decision but I do appreciate your support.

Kind regards

Steve
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on February 19, 2018, 06:07:13 PM
Hello again site members

I'd like to provide an update on areas I've been involved in during my candidacy for Marple North. I would of course welcome any feedback, I'm here to represent the community I live in and am all for open debate.

In the time of my candidacy campaigning I've knocked on over 1100 doors and spoke to numerous people both on the phone and by email. I've been made very welcome by many people and this is testimony to the area we live in. I will be doing the same right up until the elections but if you have something you would like to discuss then please email me on the address stated below.

I have actively been involved in:

Helping getting car park charge increases stopped in Marple;

Getting a portable speed information camera which when positioned has already helped slow people down;

I have met and phoned several unfortunate victims of crime to offer support;

Residents have spoke to me about getting pavements cleared of moss etc and I have had this carried out;

I am still actively pursuing CCTV in Compstall and have updated the residents on progress;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1XZj1nXQUc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1XZj1nXQUc)

I have contacted the Police to request far more vehicle patrols around our area, especially at evening time;

I have identified a hazard on Otterspool Road and with help of others I am trying to get the muddy verges both made safe and stopped from being an eyesore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXHx7A2TeKs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXHx7A2TeKs)

The traffic congestion issue is still a huge problem and I am in contact with a website which deals with car share schemes and I have emailed Transport for Greater Manchester regarding an improvement in our services, both bus and rail.

As per my previous update, I am still really enjoying my candidacy and am driven in getting improvements into our area. I appreciate that I may not please everyone with my efforts and I understand that some feel more important tasks are to be done. Should I get the Councillor position I can start looking at more in depth work, but for now I am proud of the work I am doing, the amount of people I am meeting and most proud of having the chance to represent the area I am local to and love to live in.

As per my original introduction, I am a firm believer in being positive about myself rather than looking for negatives in others and their chosen party or political beliefs. This has not changed. I want to run a successful and respectful campaign.

Thanks for reading this.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon.   
Email-stevegribbonlibdems@gmail.com
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: rsh on February 19, 2018, 08:53:36 PM
Although I don’t live in Marple North it’s good to see a candidate actually trying to get a grip of local issues, and there are plenty, so good on you Steve.

Re the video on Otterspool Road: in my opinion (and others) that verge doesn’t need a soakaway, it just needs removing and the whole pavement widened so that people can actually use it.

In a similar vein, a focus on making footpaths and public rights of way usable would be very welcome, there are so many in Marple North that are practically impassable with mud and erosion. For Marple’s main attraction, the towpath down the locks continues to deteriorate too; yet no one ever puts pressure or encouragement on Canal & River Trust to bring it up to standard (or find funding to do so).
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on February 19, 2018, 09:57:33 PM
Although I don’t live in Marple North it’s good to see a candidate actually trying to get a grip of local issues, and there are plenty, so good on you Steve.

Re the video on Otterspool Road: in my opinion (and others) that verge doesn’t need a soakaway, it just needs removing and the whole pavement widened so that people can actually use it.

In a similar vein, a focus on making footpaths and public rights of way usable would be very welcome, there are so many in Marple North that are practically impassable with mud and erosion. For Marple’s main attraction, the towpath down the locks continues to deteriorate too; yet no one ever puts pressure or encouragement on Canal & River Trust to bring it up to standard (or find funding to do so).

Good evening RSH

Many thanks for your positive comments, they are appreciated. I'm all for suggestions on how we can look at improvements so whilst I have my own idea about what is needed on Otterspool any suggestions on upgrades and making areas safer for us are welcome.

I think your statement about pathways and walkways has real merit. I will speak to the Lib Dems office in the morning and see if anything historical has been done and can be chased up, so if you can bear with me I will be in touch and let you know, especially about the towpath situation.

Kind regards and thanks again

Steve
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Lily on February 20, 2018, 09:24:54 AM
Hi Steve,

As you know from my posting in the thread about Otterspool Road I think the footpath needs widening all the way up to the traffic lights at the bottom of Dan Bank (as other people have also agreed with). After all, once you are past the very muddy section with the grass verge, the path then narrows down considerably so you feel you have no protection from passing traffic.

You mentioned in your video about the lovely canopy of trees as you head towards the lights. Have you looked properly at the trees on the upper side of the road? In my opinion many of them need attention as they are in danger of falling across the road - putting all footpath and road users at risk.  I’m not saying to remove them but to manage them.

I know lots of people objected, loudly, about the removal of trees on Dan Bank when the road was widened. Again, in my opinion, this has made a massive positive difference.

While on the subject of Dan Bank. I always understood that the very top section of the footpath would eventually be widened. Is this ever going to happen?

Regards and thanks for reading (and listening).

Lily
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on February 20, 2018, 10:20:53 AM
Hi Steve,

As you know from my posting in the thread about Otterspool Road I think the footpath needs widening all the way up to the traffic lights at the bottom of Dan Bank (as other people have also agreed with). After all, once you are past the very muddy section with the grass verge, the path then narrows down considerably so you feel you have no protection from passing traffic.

You mentioned in your video about the lovely canopy of trees as you head towards the lights. Have you looked properly at the trees on the upper side of the road? In my opinion many of them need attention as they are in danger of falling across the road - putting all footpath and road users at risk.  I’m not saying to remove them but to manage them.

I know lots of people objected, loudly, about the removal of trees on Dan Bank when the road was widened. Again, in my opinion, this has made a massive positive difference.

While on the subject of Dan Bank. I always understood that the very top section of the footpath would eventually be widened. Is this ever going to happen?

Regards and thanks for reading (and listening).

Lily

Good morning Lily

Thanks for your message, I appreciate your getting involved in this.

Regarding the trees, it has been mentioned to me a couple of days ago that they may need managing so I intend to have a walk down a see for myself, when I have done this I will be in touch and see how this can be progressed if need be.

I was at the Marple Area Committee a few years ago when ex Lib Dems Councillor Craig Wright explained the tree situation on Dan Bank and how in the long term it would benefit the drop down to the traffic lights and he was correct in his statement.

The pavement situation as with the trees is there for scrutiny. I will speak to people who deal with paths, roads etc and report back when I have something, hopefully this will not be too long but I will do the email to the correct department this morning.

I hope this is ok for you for now.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: amazon on February 20, 2018, 02:12:30 PM
Hi Steve,

As you know from my posting in the thread about Otterspool Road I think the footpath needs widening all the way up to the traffic lights at the bottom of Dan Bank (as other people have also agreed with). After all, once you are past the very muddy section with the grass verge, the path then narrows down considerably so you feel you have no protection from passing traffic.

You mentioned in your video about the lovely canopy of trees as you head towards the lights. Have you looked properly at the trees on the upper side of the road? In my opinion many of them need attention as they are in danger of falling across the road - putting all footpath and road users at risk.  I’m not saying to remove them but to manage them.

I know lots of people objected, loudly, about the removal of trees on Dan Bank when the road was widened. Again, in my opinion, this has made a massive positive difference.

While on the subject of Dan Bank. I always understood that the very top section of the footpath would eventually be widened. Is this ever going to happen?

Regards and thanks for reading (and listening).

Lily
ROAD not wide enough to make footpath wider
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on February 21, 2018, 09:35:29 AM
ROAD not wide enough to make footpath wider

Good morning Amazon, always good to hear from you. I think the pathway running from the traffic lights towards the garden centre is going to be very tricky to widen. Seeing as it's a single path route I think that the safer it can be the better, getting rid of any mud build up would certainly (in my view) only help pedestrians.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: amazon on February 21, 2018, 03:19:15 PM
Good morning Amazon, always good to hear from you. I think the pathway running from the traffic lights towards the garden centre is going to be very tricky to widen. Seeing as it's a single path route I think that the safer it can be the better, getting rid of any mud build up would certainly (in my view) only help pedestrians.

Kind regards I remember the gully and grid being installed a very good while ago it used to be a very dry path then the water ran down the grid no problems .

Steve Gribbon.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on February 21, 2018, 03:36:44 PM


You're absolutely right Amazon. I've reported the drainage channel on the Council website, and all being well this will be looked at very soon but needs constant attention. From this I am still pushing for the verges to be sorted and made safe, I really appreciate your support with this issue.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon 
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Lily on February 21, 2018, 04:44:25 PM
Thank you, Steve, for all you have done so far regarding Otterspool Road.
I realise that the road is too narrow to put in a wider footpath towards the traffic lights.
The only real answer would be to do like they have done on Dan Bank and actually take some of the land on the upper side, put in a retaining wall, and then make the footpath wider.
We can dream!
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on February 21, 2018, 05:27:19 PM
Thank you, Steve, for all you have done so far regarding Otterspool Road.
I realise that the road is too narrow to put in a wider footpath towards the traffic lights.
The only real answer would be to do like they have done on Dan Bank and actually take some of the land on the upper side, put in a retaining wall, and then make the footpath wider.
We can dream!

Hi Lily, hope you're well and thank you for your kind words, they are always welcome. We can dream indeed, and if it was to happen then fantastic of course. I want to get this gully next to the farm sorted first to take some weight of water off the pathways then I can start on getting the area safer. There's nothing wrong with dreaming, it makes it even sweeter if things come off!

Kind regards as always

Steve
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: ringi on March 14, 2018, 01:20:30 PM
To stop so much car movements near schools, and hence allow children to cycle and walk to schools, this is one option. https://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/news/croydon-news/hundreds-drivers-fined-flouting-trial-1331978

It will take a lot of work to build up the support for it, but if anyone can the LibDems can.....
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: andrewbowden on March 14, 2018, 01:28:51 PM
Traffic wardens do already (occasionally) patrol near Rose Hill enforcing rules - such as no vehicles on Elmfield Drive except residents, and double yellow lines on Aragon Way (and presumably elsewhere.)  Probably not enough to put people off from flaunting the rules (saw a car parked on double yellows just the other day.)

You might find that the local residents would favour further clamping down.  People most likely to complain would be those currently doing what they shouldn't be...
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: wheels on March 14, 2018, 02:25:04 PM
Double yellow lines means friends and relatives are unable to park close by when they visit people. Much more imaginative ideas need to be coming forward.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: andrewbowden on March 14, 2018, 02:54:13 PM
Double yellow lines means friends and relatives are unable to park close by when they visit people. Much more imaginative ideas need to be coming forward.

The double yellow lines on Aragon Way cover only a small part of the road near the rear entrance of the school.  They are where the road is narrow, and near the junction with Bowden Lane.  Basically places you don't want people parking at all.  Most of the road is not restricted.  Amazingly people still do.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.3972009,-2.0711981,3a,75y,263.21h,87.75t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s59ugeOH1gid3XUjBeByO6A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on March 14, 2018, 04:07:59 PM
Hello Forum readers

I live very near to Rose Hill Primary, and just like many residents have been blocked in by other drivers. This was especially relevant to me when I worked at Marple Fire Station and responded on a pager, a couple of times it was a real struggle getting out.

I'm aware that discussions are ongoing about changes which will suit both residents and school goers, I hope it will be resolved soon but should I be lucky enough to get elected I can have more of a say in this matter. The Railway Pub has kindly offered to host drivers in their car park during pick up/drop off time, I think a generous initiative like this should be encouraged.

I'm all for listening to ideas and it's why I am hosting a meet and greet at the Fire Station on Sunday between 1-3.30pm, please head over if you can I would be delighted to hear any views, I'm standing as a Councillor candidate to do all I can for the area so suggestions, opinions and open discussion are very much welcome.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: ringi on March 14, 2018, 05:53:27 PM
The Railway Pub has kindly offered to host drivers in their car park during pick up/drop off time, I think a generous initiative like this should be encouraged.

So what would it take to get the roads around the school being residents only access at drop off and pick up times?

Can the school select children based on how likely they are to walk or cycle to school, e.g. put a child at the end of the list if other children in the family have been driven to the school?
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: admin on March 14, 2018, 06:45:37 PM
So what would it take to get the roads around the school being residents only access at drop off and pick up times?

Elmfield Drive is residents only access but it is not policed often enough to make any difference.

It is weeks and weeks since any action was taken so it's back to normal now.

It is of immense frustration to people like me who walk kids to school all the way from Woodville Drive.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: andrewbowden on March 14, 2018, 07:59:43 PM

Can the school select children based on how likely they are to walk or cycle to school, e.g. put a child at the end of the list if other children in the family have been driven to the school?

The school doesn't control it's admissions.  Admissions are handled by the council.

It's also the largest primary school in the area so will probably have a pretty big catchment area.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on March 15, 2018, 09:12:00 AM
The school doesn't control it's admissions.  Admissions are handled by the council.

It's also the largest primary school in the area so will probably have a pretty big catchment area.

Good morning Andrew

I believe this is the case in reference to the catchment area. I've had people contact me about the parking in the morning going back to Flaggwood Avenue, I contacted the school about residents concerns and the Headteacher has kindly put a message out for more consideration which is great. It just shows the distance that may be needed to get near the school.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: andrewbowden on March 15, 2018, 09:31:26 AM
Good morning Andrew

I believe this is the case in reference to the catchment area. I've had people contact me about the parking in the morning going back to Flaggwood Avenue, I contacted the school about residents concerns and the Headteacher has kindly put a message out for more consideration which is great. It just shows the distance that may be needed to get near the school.

I just found the catchment area maps online.  Ludworth has a far larger area, but obviously not many people living in it.
https://assets.contentful.com/ii3xdrqc6nfw/3ILPK16zGoymcIuKMQWmAw/4cbedd47e8eba41c3cbbdcebc89ffe6f/marple_hall_school_map_aug12.pdf

The map mustn't have been updated for a while as it still shows Rose Hill as being split site!
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on March 23, 2018, 08:58:09 PM
Good evening to all who read this.

With 6 weeks to go until the local election I thought it a good opportunity to update and inform residents of what I am involved in and have done to help where we live. I have been campaigning for over 6 Months now and am very pleased with how many people have made me welcome and engaged with me.

At present I am:

Working with groups both for and against a local planning issue on green belt land;

Putting together a proposal for a pedestrian crossing on Compstall Road;

Still pursuing 2 projects-CCTV in Compstall and the verge safety issue on Dooley Lane;

Helping a local business owner with a planning enquiry/concern;

To date examples of work I have been involved in are:

I have Knocked on close to 1200 doors in an effort to meet people, phoned over 100 people, written to many edge of the area properties (farms and converted barns as examples) and emailed many more;

Gritted school walks and roads when the area was covered in snow;

Gritted a road and walkway to help elderly residents, and checked on their wellbeing;

Spoke to a primary school about parking consideration and this was promulgated in a newsletter;

Sorted several pathways to be cleared of slip and trip hazards;

Contacted the council over the replacement/reinstatement of grit bins;

Took part in a litter pick up at Brabyns Park;

Organised a litter pick at Cromwell Avenue Park;

Met a resident and contacted the Council on their behalf over a land query;

I have also been to several local group meetings, such as the Compstall residents group, Friends of Memorial park and took part in the Mellor Society AGM and quiz (we didn't win). I have also held a 'meet and great' in Marple centre.

Over the next few weeks I will be trying to help more people, meet as many residents as I can and get involved wherever possible.

I am thoroughly enjoying my candidacy and hope that people can see that I am driven and passionate about where we live and will consider voting for me. This is a responsibility I will be proud to take on should I be elected. My stance about being respectful to others regardless of party preference or beliefs remain, I will not get involved in negative talk about others, I feel the people voting deserve better and would rather see what candidates are doing as opposed to online squabbling. 

Thanks for reading this, please be in touch if you have any queries. My email is at the base of this message, and please feel free to follow me on Twitter.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: wheels on March 26, 2018, 06:16:40 PM
All that is quite laudable and in another year I would be impressed Steve.. We all vote for different reasons at different time and for me this year's local elections are about maximising the anti Brexit vote. So I need you to stay clearly that your fully in line with your leaders Exit from Brexit approach.  That means no second referendum but a withdrawal of article 50. Can we have your views on this Steve. 
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: corium on March 26, 2018, 08:02:14 PM
Steve

I'm going to address this to you, but could equally be dealt with by any current or potential council member if they pick it up as well as all of us on the forum re where we are.

Over the last 12/24 months the council spent a lot of money resurfacing huge numbers of roads with a method that was said to be of a reasonable durability (I forget the exact name but it was essentially a top surface scrape & renew). Given we have had a pretty severe winter which would test it I wonder whether it has performed as expected? I know where I am it seems to still be ok but I'm sensing round & about a lot of roads seem to be getting worse again but with the passage of time I can't quite remember which were (not) done. I was just interested to know whether the council are satisfied with the way the new surfaces have performed over time & if not what is going to be done about it
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on March 26, 2018, 08:15:43 PM
Steve

I'm going to address this to you, but could equally be dealt with by any current or potential council member if they pick it up as well as all of us on the forum re where we are.

Over the last 12/24 months the council spent a lot of money resurfacing huge numbers of roads with a method that was said to be of a reasonable durability (I forget the exact name but it was essentially a top surface scrape & renew). Given we have had a pretty severe winter which would test it I wonder whether it has performed as expected? I know where I am it seems to still be ok but I'm sensing round & about a lot of roads seem to be getting worse again but with the passage of time I can't quite remember which were (not) done. I was just interested to know whether the council are satisfied with the way the new surfaces have performed over time & if not what is going to be done about it

Hi Corium, good to hear from you

I think this is a fair question and the road I live on has also had a surface renew which so far seems not too bad. I will seek guidance about whether the Council have got any reports on new road surfaces and potential remedies if any have been discussed. Please bear with me while I make contact with someone over this.

On a personal point of view I feel we have far too many roads that are in need of repair, one large pothole on the climb from Dan Bank springs to mind and the junction of Stockport Road/Cross Lane is like the surface of the moon. If the Council are to carry out repairs in an area then to me it makes good sense to fix a lot in 1 day, I don't see many being sorted at present, which is false economy in my view as the potholes offer the potential for claims on damaged vehicles.

I hope my part answer helps, I will be in touch when I find anything else out.

Kind regards

Steve
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Condate on March 26, 2018, 09:26:02 PM
All that is quite laudable and in another year I would be impressed Steve.. We all vote for different reasons at different time and for me this year's local elections are about maximising the anti Brexit vote. So I need you to stay clearly that your fully in line with your leaders Exit from Brexit approach.  That means no second referendum but a withdrawal of article 50. Can we have your views on this Steve.

While councillors have no influence concerning Brexit, it would be useful to have candidates' views, as any candidate who opposes Brexit shows by that opinion that their judgement is poor and so is probably not going to be a good councillor. Certainly, I couldn't vote for an anti-Brexit candidate (although that doesn't mean I'd necessarily vote for an pro-Brexit candidate purely on that one issue).

Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on March 26, 2018, 09:33:56 PM
While councillors have no influence concerning Brexit, it would be useful to have candidates' views, as any candidate who opposes Brexit shows by that opinion that their judgement is poor and so is probably not going to be a good councillor. Certainly, I couldn't vote for an anti-Brexit candidate (although that doesn't mean I'd necessarily vote for an pro-Brexit candidate purely on that one issue).

Hi Condate

I've emailed wheels about a part of his question so as soon as I have a reply I will happily answer. I've never dodged a question on here and won't be to this one! I will post as soon as I have their reply.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: andrewbowden on March 26, 2018, 10:41:39 PM
While councillors have no influence concerning Brexit, it would be useful to have candidates' views, as any candidate who opposes Brexit shows by that opinion that their judgement is poor and so is probably not going to be a good councillor. Certainly, I couldn't vote for an anti-Brexit candidate (although that doesn't mean I'd necessarily vote for an pro-Brexit candidate purely on that one issue).

"Their judgement is poor".

Condate.  Let me put something to you.  If you want to win people over to your point of view that Brexit will be absolutely brilliant for the UK, perhaps not insulting huge swathes of population would be a start.

We all have to live together after all.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: wheels on March 27, 2018, 08:52:43 AM
Hi Condate

I've emailed wheels about a part of his question so as soon as I have a reply I will happily answer. I've never dodged a question on here and won't be to this one! I will post as soon as I have their reply.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon

Steve thank you for your email I mean "state clearly"
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on March 27, 2018, 10:20:45 AM
Good morning

Thanks for your clarification Wheels.

To answer your question in my own thoughts, I voted to 'remain' after a fair amount of deliberating and discussion. I feel that the Lib Dems approach to brexit is correct, because any withdrawal if it does go through should be for the benefit of the people who live here.
As for a second referendum I wouldn't rule it out simply because the whole issue (in my opinion) appears to go round in circles and it's frustrating to listen to. Of course it's a very tricky situation but it needs sorting one way or the other, at present we are in Limbo and that doesn't help anyone.

I appreciate you asking me to state clearly, but as I have said on previous issues I am comfortable with speaking up if I oppose something or can offer any constructive suggestion, that's always been my way and I believe it's the correct approach.

Condate-thanks for your comments but I feel we must agree to disagree. I wouldn't call anyone's judgement on this situation 'poor', because it is their personal choice and I would be respectful of that regardless if it differs with my own views. The vote on 'brexit' was so close it is clear that many people have alternative opinions and I have no problem with this. I'm not quite sure on how this will define a good or bad Councillor because for the last 6 Months I have worked with many people in the area helping residents, businesses and attending meetings, I did think that putting the effort in where it is needed would give an impression of a candidates worth.   

None of this will stop me from working hard for the area I am proud to live in and be the best Councillor I can be, if I am elected.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon

     
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on March 28, 2018, 10:59:59 AM
"Their judgement is poor".

Condate.  Let me put something to you.  If you want to win people over to your point of view that Brexit will be absolutely brilliant for the UK, perhaps not insulting huge swathes of population would be a start.

We all have to live together after all.

Agree totally.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Condate on March 28, 2018, 08:35:26 PM
"Their judgement is poor".

Condate.  Let me put something to you.  If you want to win people over to your point of view that Brexit will be absolutely brilliant for the UK, perhaps not insulting huge swathes of population would be a start.

We all have to live together after all.

Perhaps saying poor judgement is too strong. A better expression would be 'their views are such as to make me doubt they would make a good councillor'.

I suspect that if people still don't realise that the EU is one of the biggest threats to Europe for many decades, I'm not going to convince then now. However, I was referring to people standing for public office. There are a great many issues, of which the EU is only one, which for me at least disqualify a candidate from consideration as a possible person I could vote for.  Unfortunately, this tends to rule out most if not all candidates at local and general elections. Perhaps I should stand myself.

Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: amazon on March 28, 2018, 09:40:44 PM
Perhaps saying poor judgement is too strong. A better expression would be 'their views are such as to make me doubt they would make a good councillor'.

I suspect that if people still don't realise that the EU is one of the biggest threats to Europe for many decades, I'm not going to convince then now. However, I was referring to people standing for public office. There are a great many issues, of which the EU is only one, which for me at least disqualify a candidate from consideration as a possible person I could vote for.  Unfortunately, this tends to rule out most if not all candidates at local and general elections. Perhaps I should stand myself.
I thought you said last time you were doing ,correct me if im wrong
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Dave on March 31, 2018, 11:40:05 AM
As for a second referendum I wouldn't rule it out

I entirely agree Steve, even  though I don’t really approve of referendums because we have a parliamentary democracy and referendums don’t fit easily with that. It wouldn’t be a second referendum, of course - it would be a third. The first was in 1975, when we voted remain by a decisive 67%.

But the third referendum needs to be entirely different - not simply in or out, but a vote on the actual withdrawal agreement.  It could be framed like this, with voters invited to agree with one of three possible statements:

1.  The UK should leave the EU on 29 March 2019 on the terms set out in the withdrawal agreement.

2.  The U.K. should reject the withdrawal agreement and leave the EU on 29 March 2019 with no agreement

3.  The U.K. should withdraw Article 50 and remain within the EU.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: ringi on March 31, 2018, 02:22:20 PM
If this is done, we should be able to mark both our 1st and our 2nd choose options.     However, I don't think there will be time for a vote as the agreement will not be in place until the last minutes.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on March 31, 2018, 08:32:54 PM
If this is done, we should be able to mark both our 1st and our 2nd choose options.     However, I don't think there will be time for a vote as the agreement will not be in place until the last minutes.

If only we could have 1st and 2nd choices in elections too....
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 02, 2018, 09:23:57 PM
I entirely agree Steve, even  though I don’t really approve of referendums because we have a parliamentary democracy and referendums don’t fit easily with that. It wouldn’t be a second referendum, of course - it would be a third. The first was in 1975, when we voted remain by a decisive 67%.

But the third referendum needs to be entirely different - not simply in or out, but a vote on the actual withdrawal agreement.  It could be framed like this, with voters invited to agree with one of three possible statements:

1.  The UK should leave the EU on 29 March 2019 on the terms set out in the withdrawal agreement.

2.  The U.K. should reject the withdrawal agreement and leave the EU on 29 March 2019 with no agreement

3.  The U.K. should withdraw Article 50 and remain within the EU.


Thanks Dave, that's a really well put response. Fair point on the '3rd'referendum too. It's great that people are joining in on this, we can't all agree about everything but this is the beauty of respectful debate. 

Kind regards, Steve.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North-Updated 05 April 2018
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 05, 2018, 03:33:45 PM

Good afternoon

I have made a short video, the 4th since I started my campaigning. This is highlighting the need for double yellow lines in a specific area and my wanting action taken on an empty/abandoned office block as it is dangerous and attracting unwanted attention for residents.

I really hope that people will be voting for me on May 3rd, I have worked tirelessly in helping people over the last few Months and want the opportunity to continue this as a Councillor. Your constructive comments as always are very welcome.

https://youtu.be/LJg4rbtwW30

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: CllrKennyBlair on April 06, 2018, 07:41:46 PM
Hi Steve, will save you a job re the double yellow lines. Eastwood Drive has not yet been adopted by the Council due to ongoing discussions with the developer, Morris Homes. As such, they cannot legally put down the double yellow lines but they have requested permission from Morris homes which has not yet been forthcoming. Council Officers continue to chase them and the adoption of the road.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 06, 2018, 09:08:26 PM
Hi Steve, will save you a job re the double yellow lines. Eastwood Drive has not yet been adopted by the Council due to ongoing discussions with the developer, Morris Homes. As such, they cannot legally put down the double yellow lines but they have requested permission from Morris homes which has not yet been forthcoming. Council Officers continue to chase them and the adoption of the road.

Hello Kenny

Thank you for the update, I do appreciate it and no doubt a similar reply will be coming from the Council.

I had a really good chat with the site owner of the offices, we are keeping in touch over his plans to develop the site and I've spoken to a resident to say things are progressing, this will be relayed to all residents over the weekend.

Kind regards Kenny and enjoy your weekend.

Steve.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Randonneur on April 07, 2018, 11:41:59 AM
Steve,
Appreciate your efforts highlighting issues in the area, but what is the point of more yellow lines and parking restrictions when there is no enforcement out of hours. Just look at the parking any evening at the top end of Stockport Road opposite the Navigation PH connected with the numerous restaurants/takeaways.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 07, 2018, 02:50:45 PM
Steve,
Appreciate your efforts highlighting issues in the area, but what is the point of more yellow lines and parking restrictions when there is no enforcement out of hours. Just look at the parking any evening at the top end of Stockport Road opposite the Navigation PH connected with the numerous restaurants/takeaways.

Hello Randonneur

Thanks for your message. The double yellow lines are an agreed part of the development and when speaking to residents they have for it to be chased up and that's what I've done, I'm grateful for Kenny Blair updating me on this. I haven't been advised of this (Navigation Pub) situation previously so please allow me to look into it?

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 18, 2018, 10:37:11 AM

Good morning

Recently I posted a message on several sites inviting people to come and say hello in Marple town centre this coming weekend.

The excellent Marple festival of sport is taking place and I believe this takes priority so I have decided to change the date to the following weekend, so it will now be Saturday 28th April from midday until approximately 3pm.

If you are in the area please stop by and say hello, feel free to ask any questions and hopefully you can get to know me a little better if we haven't met before.

If you are in the area then please come over, I will be delighted to meet you. Should you need me or wish to discuss anything in the meantime my contact details are on the foot of this page.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon. 
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 18, 2018, 10:31:03 PM
Steve,

Thanks for being the only candidate who attended tonight's (and my last) Marple Area Cmte.  Given it was such a good evening, I appreciate you giving up your time.  (And I really did not know you were coming.)  I also know other candidates have attended in the past, but this was the last one before the election.  Important to pick up on issues such as the Hibbert Lane roundabout - now the recommendation is for a table arrangement.  And, whatever happens, we will have 2 new cllrs for the next meeting.

Cheers,
Geoff
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 18, 2018, 10:37:44 PM
And once again thanks to residents for your support for me over the last 4 years.  It seems to be a theme in the last month: cllrs cannot do this job alone.  We need fellow cllrs of all colours, dedicated officers and resident/volunteers to help us do the job properly.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 19, 2018, 08:56:45 AM
Steve,

Thanks for being the only candidate who attended tonight's (and my last) Marple Area Cmte.  Given it was such a good evening, I appreciate you giving up your time.  (And I really did not know you were coming.)  I also know other candidates have attended in the past, but this was the last one before the election.  Important to pick up on issues such as the Hibbert Lane roundabout - now the recommendation is for a table arrangement.  And, whatever happens, we will have 2 new cllrs for the next meeting.

Cheers,
Geoff

Thanks Geoff

I was surprised I was the only candidate to attend, I wanted to make sure I had as much info as possible to take forward (if I get elected).
It was a good meeting and as always tbere was something new to pick up on and learn from.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Carolyn Leather on April 19, 2018, 09:16:26 AM
The meeting can be watched via this link:

http://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=23208&EVT=105



Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 19, 2018, 10:42:16 AM
Apologies @Carolyn Leather - I can't see your questions on your thread or here.  If I as a councillor can answer, please ask them again.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: chriswallis labour on April 21, 2018, 12:21:09 AM
This is really for Geoff Abell just to say that I'm sorry to have missed your last meeting Geoff, unfortunately it clashed with the birthday party of an old friend in Cyprus, but I've been to a number of recent meetings and I've gained a good idea of what's involved. And of course I can always catch up on the Webcast, so I won't be badly briefed.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 21, 2018, 09:34:19 AM
This is really for Geoff Abell just to say that I'm sorry to have missed your last meeting Geoff, unfortunately it clashed with the birthday party of an old friend in Cyprus, but I've been to a number of recent meetings and I've gained a good idea of what's involved. And of course I can always catch up on the Webcast, so I won't be badly briefed.

No worries @Chris Wallis   Hope the party went well - we're allowed a life outside politics!  Incidentally, I notice that the forest of signs around your house has just been trumped by those in "Fortress Dowling" - good job @Kevin Dowling for getting so many signs onto 1 property!  As @Steve Gribbon says, he's done most of ours, although they're a little bit more distributed across Marple North.   I think it's a sign of a healthy democracy that so many people are still happy to use their land to display posters for all parties.
 

I have been lucky enough to be a councillor for 4 years, and had an extra insight into the way council decisions were taken and I hope I've shared that with you, dear reader.   A few people (like Chris) told me yesterday that they've watched the Marple Area Cmte webcast.  I am pleasantly surprised.   But for the majority who didn't, I'd like to share with you the 3 bits of casework that stood out.  Please excuse me for being self-indulgent for once. 

1) First case - lady rang to say I need a nursery place but have no computer.  "I'll type it for you now", I said.  2 mins, job done.
2) In spite of my interest in trains and cycling, my biggest influence was saving a reduced 394 bus service, a lifeline for some.  Of course, I did not do this alone and I give particular thanks to a Labour Hattersley cllr, officers at TfGM and Derbyshire CC, and the campaign of @marplerambler   We can do none of this by ourselves, even if we politicians shout about it a bit louder.
3) Finally in Jan of 2016 when the snows came down and Marple was gridlocked, I got on my bike and cycled across ice-sheets on Dan Bank (v carefully) to find lorries stuck on the ice and gritting lorries stuck in the queues.  Helping free that felt good, although if I'd broken anything getting there, I'd not be so happy now!

I will miss all this.  Thanks for reading!
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Carolyn Leather on April 21, 2018, 09:38:04 AM
Geoff, you are not making this job sound very glamorous!
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Carolyn Leather on April 21, 2018, 09:46:19 AM
Of course, I did realise that before I submitted my job application.  You've done a great job, particulary with saving the bus service
Best wishes

Carolyn
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: chriswallis labour on April 21, 2018, 10:00:10 AM
Congratulations Geoff. A fairly thankless task at the best of times, you were an excellent councillor. As was Sue Ingham. I shall be sorry to see her go. Unless she's replaced by me , of course! 
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 21, 2018, 11:12:32 AM
Thanks for both those comments.  Yes, it's not glamorous!  It's largely about the small stuff and the people who need help to make their lives a bit better.  "For the many and the few" sums it up quite well.  Oh, "with less money" too.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 23, 2018, 10:46:02 AM

Good morning Forum readers

I have tried to provide an update on activities I have been involved in since I began my campaign last September, and this will be the last one before the local elections take place on May 3rd.

I am very grateful for so many people who have been in contact with me by email, phone, coming round to see me where I live and even dropping notes in at the local Fire Station! I value all of these equally and I believe it is testimony to the work I have put in that so many residents feel they can speak to me about local matters, it has been a pleasure to help where I have been able to so far.

This is a brief overview of issues I have either dealt with or been approached over:

Working with groups both for and against a local planning issue on green belt land;

I am in contact with 3 schools over parking and safety matters;

Putting together a proposal for a pedestrian crossing on Compstall Road and this has now extended to speaking to the Council over having the drains sorted as at present several appear to be blocked;

Contact made with the Council and Stockport homes over a dangerous tree issue

I am still pursuing 2 early projects-CCTV in Compstall and the verge safety issue on Dooley Lane;

I am involved with a working group in creating a local fete in Etherow on May 19th and will be updating progress on this on a separate link

Helping a local business owner with a planning enquiry/concern;

To date examples of work I have been involved in are:

I have Knocked on over 1500 doors in an effort to meet people, phoned over 100 people, written to many edge of the area properties (farms and converted barns as examples) and emailed many more. Whilst others are not keen on doing this I believe it is a fundamental part of being a Councillor, it is doing this project that has got me involved with so many local issues;

Gritted school walks and roads when the area was covered in snow;

Gritted a road and walkway to help elderly residents, and checked on their wellbeing;

Spoke to a primary school about parking consideration and this was promulgated in a newsletter;

Sorted several pathways to be cleared of slip and trip hazards;

Contacted the council over the replacement/reinstatement of grit bins;

Took part in a litter pick up at Brabyns Park;

Organised a litter pick at Cromwell Avenue Park;

Met a resident and contacted the Council on their behalf over a land query;

I have also been to several local group meetings, such as the Compstall residents group, Friends of Memorial park and took part in the Mellor Society AGM and quiz (we didn't win).

Over the next few days I will continue to meet more people and get involved wherever possible.

I am hosting an open day in Marple Town Centre on Saturday from midday to 3pm, please feel free to drop by and say hello.

I am thoroughly enjoying my candidacy and hope that people can see that I am driven and passionate about where we live and will consider voting for me, I am aware I started my campaign early but I am comfortable with this as I believe it shows my care for our community. This is a responsibility I will be proud to take on should I be elected. Councillor Geoff Abell has done a fantastic job for the last 4 years and I am keen to continue in this tradition of looking after the place we live in.

My stance about being respectful to others regardless of party preference or beliefs remain, I will not get involved in negative talk about others, I feel the people voting deserve better and would rather see what candidates are doing as opposed to online squabbling. Recently 2 sites closed down Political content due to online bullying and harrassment, I am proud to say both the Lib Dems and I as a person had no involvement whatsoever in any of this. I have ordered some leaflets about online bullying and will bring them to my open day if they arrive in time.

Thanks for reading this, please be in touch if you have any queries. My email is at the base of this message, and please feel free to follow me on Twitter.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Carolyn Leather on April 23, 2018, 12:24:25 PM
Steve, there is no doubt at all that you have tried very hard, and kept us up to date with your efforts.  I have applauded you before on this site for that. 

I was only asked to stand as a candidate in March, so have not had as much time to plan a campaign.  It has been an interesting experience.  I have reflected upon the door knocking discussion.  I hope I have clarified that I have no problem meeting people face to face, and communication (mainly face to face) was the main function of my job as a Palliative care doctor.  I have worn a Green Party high vis vest when out and about leafleting, much to the embarrassment of my teenage son!  I've been visible and interested people have come out to talk to me, which has been lovely. I've explained why I haven't knocked on doors (apart from the time I posted my ruler along with a leaflet!).  I haven't wanted to act hypocritically, as I personally don't like canvassers knocking on my door.  There are a lot of households in Marple displaying signs saying they don't want canvassers calling, so I'm not alone in that.  Perhaps that is something that needs to be done if elections are to be won though, and I've taken the comments of @wheels and @CllrGeoffAbell on board. 

Being asked to stand as a candidate has prompted me to do things I've meant to do for ages, such as attending community groups, changing my energy supplier and and other "eco" things.  It has been a really positive experience.  I've also been forced to really think about the nitty gritty of Green Party policy - so thank you @Chris Wallis for that!

We've never met @Steve Gribbon (you've never knocked on my door, and I've only very recently been given a hand me down Green Party poster to display in my window!). I'll look forward to meeting you at the count.  I'm hoping you will save me from the bulldozers when I'm protesting about the destruction of the Goyt and Poise Valleys in the future.

All the best

Carolyn
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 23, 2018, 01:50:51 PM

We've never met @Steve Gribbon (you've never knocked on my door, and I've only very recently been given a hand me down Green Party poster to display in my window!).

I visited your property several weeks ago when I was meeting people on your road. The person who answered at the gate advised you were away for 2 days, I did explain who I was.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Carolyn Leather on April 23, 2018, 02:36:28 PM
Apologies Steve, the message was not relayed to me

Kind regards

Carolyn
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Kevin Dowling on April 23, 2018, 03:38:12 PM
Good for you Steve,

You put us to shame with your catalogue of industrious deeds.

As you say in one of your lines. I am sure that people will see you are 'truly driven.'
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 24, 2018, 04:03:28 PM
Good for you Steve,

You put us to shame with your catalogue of industrious deeds.

As you say in one of your lines. I am sure that people will see you are 'truly driven.'

Thank you Kevin

I appreciate your complimentary words.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 26, 2018, 09:27:22 AM
Good morning

Just a quick reminder to let people know I am still having a meet/greet in Marple Town centre on Saturday between 12 and 3pm, this will go on rain or shine (hopefully shine).

If you are in the area please come over and say hello, I will be delighted to meet you, have a chat and answer any questions you may have.

Kind regards as always, and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 28, 2018, 07:00:00 PM
Great to see so many candidates out on Market Street in Marple today, including you Steve.  As you've been on the streets for 9 months campaigning, I am hoping you will be equally hard-working in the council, if elected.
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 28, 2018, 07:58:41 PM
Great to see so many candidates out on Market Street in Marple today, including you Steve.  As you've been on the streets for 9 months campaigning, I am hoping you will be equally hard-working in the council, if elected.

Thanks Geoff. I fully intend to if I do get elected. It was good to hear people recognised the work I had done during my campaign, I have enjoyed every moment of it.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: amazon on April 28, 2018, 08:04:04 PM
Thanks Geoff. I fully intend to if I do get elected. It was good to hear people recognised the work I had done during my campaign, I have enjoyed every moment of it.

Kind regards Good luck ive voted .

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 28, 2018, 09:03:54 PM


Many thanks Amazon. I've really enjoyed your contact on here during my campaign.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on May 01, 2018, 11:52:06 AM
Good morning Forum members

With only 2 days to go I wanted to come on to say thank you for making the last 8 Months a real privilege. I have met so many people who have been warm, courteous and engaging, I like it that sometimes our opinions differed as this creates ideas and new thinking, but more than anything it has made me realise that a large majority of where we live have a real passion and care for what we have, what we must fight to protect and what we want to improve.

I respect which ever way people choose to vote be it for me or for another party but looking back I like to think that I have proven during my campaign that I have demonstrated an energy, a desire and determination to represent Marple North at Council level. I have been involved with so many activities, so many projects and am constantly contacted by residents and I have loved every moment of it. I will happily put my contributions to our community against any other candidate with confidence that I have reached out to more people and issues than anyone else. I am grateful for the 2 candidates who complimented me on the amount I have done, it was welcome reading.

Should I be fortunate enough to be elected on Thursday you will be getting someone with not only a proven track record in helping people and with fresh ideas but you will be getting a new Councillor who will carry on the excellent work that Geoff Abell has been involved in and I will be working closely with Malcolm Allan who has done so much for us all. You will be getting a Councillor who can engage with people at all levels in a calm and diplomatic manner.

There are certain things I have learnt in my campaign that I will be looking to change such as making our distribution of leaflets more accessible online and to look at how we can improve what we send to residents, I would also look at an online chatroom where ideas can exchanged and discussed.

Should you vote for me you will be getting a local candidate who has embraced where we live for 15 years and is very proud to live here with my family. I have respect for my fellow candidates as I feel that it takes nerve to stand up and represent their party but looking back to late summer when I began knocking on doors I believe that the commitment shown if not gone unnoticed will allow you to decide that a vote for me will be voting for a candidate you can be proud of and be safe in the knowledge that I will do everything in my power to work hard to support and protect everything about Marple North.

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon   
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on May 03, 2018, 07:20:50 AM
Good morning

Best wishes to everyone voting today, I hope the rain holds off!

Kind regards

Steve Gribbon
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on November 13, 2018, 09:27:10 PM
Good evening forum colleagues

This is just to let you know I’m holding a midweek surgery as a resident mentioned to me that they struggle to get to a library surgery on a weekend. It’s a fair point so I thought I’d trial this and see if it has any success in helping people.

It will be at Cloudberry cafe on Stockport Road on Tuesday 27th November, between 10am and midday.

Thanks to Karen at Cloudberry for offering to host this.

Please feel free to stop by with any questions or queries or just say hello!

Kind regards

Steve
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Steve Gribbon on January 29, 2019, 10:17:04 PM
Good evening

Following a good trial of a midweek surgery back in November, I will be doing the same thing on Tuesday 26th March 2019. This will be (as before) at Cloudberry Café on Stockport Road between 10am and Midday.

I look forward to meeting anyone who chooses to attend.

Kind regards

Steve
Title: Re: Steve Gribbon: LibDem Candidate for Marple North
Post by: Malcolm Allan on January 31, 2019, 04:16:34 PM
Thanks to Steve below. Just to let people know, I also run an additional surgery in the week, on the second Thursday of the month, 11-12.30 in the Seed cafe at the Methodist Church.

As most people know, Lib Dem Councillors cover most, but not all of the surgeries at Marple Library, 10.30 to noon every Saturday, and Cllr Colin MacAlister has additional surgeries at High Lane library as well.

There is no need for an appointment at any of these, just show up!