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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by Condate on Today at 02:19:23 PM »
I think "ignored" rather than "read" is a better way of addressing your Facebook posts, but anyway...good luck shouting into the void. I guess everyone needs a hobby...

Sadly "shouting into the void" is pretty much what happens for most sensible campaigns on all sorts of subjects. It is no wonder the public loses trust in politicians and the whole political process.
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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by Howard on Today at 12:32:31 PM »
I have taken direct action @Howard, nothing as irresponsible or as selfish as gluing myself to the speed cushions or as childish as posting memes, but reading the regulations, garnering the facts and building a strong case  to the Highways team, both directly and via my local councillors and Area Committee meetings in the naïve hope that my local councillors might support me in this endeavour. My regular posts on FB (thank you for reading them by the way), specifically in relation to the Windlehurst speed cushions consultation perhaps helped contribute to almost 1000 respondents, of which over 85% requested that the “measures be removed in their entirety”. They’re still there, and this was a campaign pledge from Cllr McCallister to get them removed! Persistence it therefore seems is the only remaining weapon in my armoury.

I think "ignored" rather than "read" is a better way of addressing your Facebook posts, but anyway...good luck shouting into the void. I guess everyone needs a hobby...
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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by jimblob on Today at 11:26:12 AM »
How well has that persistence worked out for you so far? You post about it pretty much non-stop on FB as well, which has a wider reach than this forum.

If you feel about it as strongly as you appear to, I believe direct action is the way you should go. Glue yourself to the speed bumps
I have taken direct action @Howard, nothing as irresponsible or as selfish as gluing myself to the speed cushions or as childish as posting memes, but reading the regulations, garnering the facts and building a strong case  to the Highways team, both directly and via my local councillors and Area Committee meetings in the naïve hope that my local councillors might support me in this endeavour. My regular posts on FB (thank you for reading them by the way), specifically in relation to the Windlehurst speed cushions consultation perhaps helped contribute to almost 1000 respondents, of which over 85% requested that the “measures be removed in their entirety”. They’re still there, and this was a campaign pledge from Cllr McCallister to get them removed! Persistence it therefore seems is the only remaining weapon in my armoury.
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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by Howard on Today at 09:54:43 AM »
touché @Howard ,
The only way it seems we might see change on this matter given the general tide of ineptitude on the part of Stockport’s highways team and our local councillors is persistence
If you don't like it or it bores you, find yourself another thread to follow.

How well has that persistence worked out for you so far? You post about it pretty much non-stop on FB as well, which has a wider reach than this forum.

If you feel about it as strongly as you appear to, I believe direct action is the way you should go. Glue yourself to the speed bumps
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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by jimblob on Today at 09:31:46 AM »

touché @Howard ,
The only way it seems we might see change on this matter given the general tide of ineptitude on the part of Stockport’s highways team and our local councillors is persistence
If you don't like it or it bores you, find yourself another thread to follow.
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Stockport Hydro's Environmental Challenge 2022



Stockport Hydro Ltd, a community owned scheme, has been generating renewable energy power on the River Goyt since October 2012.

This year £7,600 is available from their Environmental Challenge Fund for projects that will benefit the local community and take place within the SMBC boundary.

Projects must have an environmental focus and can be of a community or co-operative nature.

For more information and application forms:   
www.stockport-hydro.co.uk
info@stockport-hydro.co.uk

Please send completed applications to:
Email: info@stockport-hydro.co.uk
Post: Laurence Jackson, 7 Fairfax Close, Marple, Stockport SK6 6HH

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2022
Please note applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Learn more about the 2021 Stockport Hydro Environmental Challenge Awards: https://www.marple.website/community-projects/stockport-hydro-challenge.html

A photo from a previous award ceremony at the Stockport Hydro site:

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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by Howard on Yesterday at 08:55:59 PM »
I have to say, @Belly referring to a motorist as a clown for simply trying avoiding a large and potentially vehicle damaging lump in the road when they're likely adhering to the speed limit is a little unfair and somewhat presumptious.

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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by jimblob on Yesterday at 10:55:46 AM »
The potential for the odd clown to drive through marked parking bays in order to try to avoid the need to slow down just a little bit. 
I have to say, @Belly referring to a motorist as a clown for simply trying avoiding a large and potentially vehicle damaging lump in the road when they're likely adhering to the speed limit is a little unfair and somewhat presumptious.
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Local Issues / Re: More "Safe Street" proposals in Marple centre
« Last post by jimblob on Yesterday at 08:54:33 AM »
Is this a good time to note that it is not a requirement on the Council to implement / act on all suggestions set out in an RSA1? Has anyone read the Council's 'Designers Response' to the RSA, where they will have no doubt responded to this point? They defiitely should have.

As you might have guessed, I haven't btw, but it may well be that they ultimately determined that the principle of seeking to limit general traffic speeds to 20mph on the route overided the potential for the odd clown to drive through marked parking bays in order to try to avoid the need to slow down just a little bit. 

The point of an RSA1 is for an independent party to review an initial scheme & highlight any potential issues for the original designer to consider in more detail and respond to when progressing their scheme. There are further stages to go through when designing the works in detail and implementing on the ground.   
@Belly
I have previously requested this information from the highways team and been met with a wall of silence other than two very succint statements.... (it took them 9 months to reply, despite repeated requests).
·       Normal procedures and standards were not always observed
·       A Road Safety Audit was carried out and did not identify the cushions outside of 85 Stockport Road as a hazard

point 1 suggests that it's OK to breach regulations written in law and point 2 is a lie if one cares to read para 8.4.2 of the RSA1.

I don't believe an RSA2 or stage 3 has been carried out as it should have been during the implementation phase and despite many opportunities for a "designers response" the only response provided when questioned has been the two points above. Similarly, the breach of The Highways Regulations (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 has not been explained ... namely cushions within 30m of a pedestrian crossing; again a wall of silence and not even information as to which regulations apply, even when asked! The RSA1 was done without any speed or traffic data so your suggestion that the principle of seeking to limit general traffic speeds to 20mph is without foundation with no evidence to suggest that prior to the measures, speeds exceeded 20mph, similarly, there is no evidence that post implementation, speeds are below or limited to 20mph. It is worth noting however, that the measures were implemented to make social distancing safer as we came out of lockdown and the cushions next to laybys actually reduce safety in this regard as the RSA1 comments allude to in paras 8.4.1, 8.4.2 8.4.3 & 8.4.4. swerving is seen as the risk, NOT speed!
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Miscellaneous / Re: Covid19 Information Updates
« Last post by Malcolm Allan on November 27, 2021, 08:23:49 AM »
Update on the pandemic

Here's the usual update as at Friday 26th November. Last week’s figures in brackets.

The rate of infection in Stockport Borough has risen back again this week and is now at 387.8 (301.6) per 100,000, which is still below the national average of 437.1 (418.3). New cases are also up at 162.6 (126) per day. Stockport NHS hospitalisations in the week to 21st November are down to 21 (36).

Government advice has changed on the use of lateral flow tests, which are now commonly available locally for home testing and which people are being encouraged to use to manage periods of risk.

I don’t have a figure for first dose vaccinations except that the figure last week (229,491 (227,995) which is 86.2% (86.1%) of the entire 18+ population) has now reached 86.3% of the 18+ population. 211,661 (211,163) or 83.1% (83.0%) of the 18+ population have now received two doses. 83,950 (71,472) residents have received a booster dose which includes 89.6% (85.5%) of the 70+ population. 
 
The area data is as follows, giving rates of infection per 100,000 over the last five weeks, latest last. I’ve revised these figures having done a check back over the last five weeks where some have been adjusted.

Marple Bridge and Mellor: 507.6/592.2/490.7/372.3/643.0
Marple and Hawk Green:   690.1/656.5/370.3/336.6/303.0
Marple and Rose Hill:   507.6/589.9/644.8/644.8/548.8
High Lane:   418.8/261.8/261.8/279.2/192.0
Romiley and Compstall:  595.9/466.4/492.3/531.2/492.3
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