Council Tax Increase

Stockport’s current proposals for next (financial) year’s council tax are for an increase of 2.75%.

Stockport Council also have to collect the money for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s expenditure, including Police funding.  When adding these two items in, the total increase is +4.18%.  All these figures are subject to further discussion and debate but the final outcome is not expected to be much different.

New GMSF Plans Revealed

The long awaited new GMSF plans have just been revealed. Within over 1,100 pages, it includes, for Heald Green, 850 homes on the Nixon’s Farm area and a further 850 homes in the Seashell Trust area. Large chunks of our Greenbelt are proposed to become housing estates.  Further details to follow on our website (Now available here)

Ratepayers will be holding a Public Meeting about the proposals on Tuesday, 12 February in the Village Hall, commencing at 7.30pm.

Bulb Planting

Look out for more spring bulbs in Heald Green next year! We already have many areas brightened up by daffodils and crocuses each spring. Stockport Council gave us several thousand more bulbs this Autumn and some of the Ratepayers’ Committee plus other Heald Green residents came out to help with planting the bulbs. The area of grass on Finney Lane, near to Carnoustie Dr, grass by the War Memorial, grass near Life Church on Outwood Rd and the raised bed outside the Health Centre have all had bulbs planted. We’re always trying to enhance the appearance of the village and to keep Heald Green a pleasant place in which to live. Thanks to those who worked hard this weekend.

Poppies

This year marks the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice and Ratepayers have been working to commemorate this event. You may have noticed that numerous large poppies have appeared on lamposts in Heald Green. Some of the poppies were supplied by the Council who did not have the staff to erect them, so members of the Ratepayers’ Committee have been climbing up ladders at the roadside and erecting them. In addition, Ratepayers’ Committee member Carole McCann has organised the supply of nearly 180 large poppies which have been sold at £3 each to residents to erect on their own lamposts or houses. All monies are going to the Poppy Appeal. Carole has also taken on the job of organising all the Poppy trays and tins in the shops in Heald Green, Gatley, Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme Precinct, plus the churches in Heald Green and schools in Gatley. Every year we organise a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on Wilmslow Rd. This year, it will be slightly different as we will be paying special tribute to those who gave their lives in WW1. The Service is on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November and is at Noon.

GMSF Meeting 11 Sept

Please note that the above meeting has been postponed as the promised document which was to be discussed has been delayed.  We will keep you informed when we get to know te new date for publication of the document.