Current Issues

Seashell Trust

The appeal by the Seashell Trust against Stockport Council’s refusal of planning permission for their school rebuild and construction of 325 houses on the adjacent Greenbelt is now with the govenment’s Planning Inspectorate.   All comments which were made to the Council when they were considering the application will be sent to the Planning Inspector.  Should you wish to amend what you wrote to the Council or add to it than you must get your new comments off to the Inspector by 28 August.  This can be done online at:  https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/  Alternatively, you can write by post to:

Helen Skinner
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3D
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol
BS1 6PN

In either case, you must quote the Inspectorate’s reference, which is:

APP/C4235/W/18/3205559

Remembrance Sunday

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Questions have been asked about the practical reasons why the Remembrance Service at the War memorial is always at 12.00. There have always been several remembrance services in Heald Green at 11am, these being in the various churches to which all are invited. The uniformed children’s groups take part in these at 11am and also many of the elderly who cannot manage an outdoor service. At 12.00 there is another communal Remembrance Service at the War Memorial, at which children from all our primary schools, the scout and guide groups, representatives from the Army and Air Cadets, the Police, the Royal British Legion, the CMA, the Churches and other community groups can all come together and take part. The Police and some of the other representatives also attend other memorial services on that day and can only attend at Heald Green because it is at 12.00. The same applies to our bugler, who plays the last post at another service but can only attend Heald Green, where he was brought up, because it is at 12.00.

Services across Stockport have taken place at different times of the day for several years. Each community has its own time and place to reflect and remember. Heald Green’s communal gathering has been at 12.00 for many years and everyone who regularly attends is used to arriving at this time. Of course there are other residents who like to pay their respects quietly at 11am at the Memorial and this has always been the case but the organised communal event is at 12.00.

This year, being a special centenary year, we are intending to arrange a short parade to the War Memorial. More details of this special centenary service will be publicised on the Ratepayers’ website as details are finalised during the year.

As explained in Contact magazine, the Ratepayers have also arranged for large poppies to be displayed on lamp posts on Wilmslow Rd and Finney Lane, later in the year. Ratepayers have also purchased additional large poppies, in the hope that people will buy them to display. All money will go to the Royal British Legion to support disabled servicemen. Already 60 poppies have been sold at the Festival, at £3 each but more have been ordered and will be available later in the year. Watch the Ratepayers’ site for information about these. We hope all the shops will display a poppy, too. If you want to buy a poppy or need any further information, please email us

Festival 2018

Festival 2018Heald Green Village Festival took place on Saturday, 30 June at Outwood Rd Field and the hall.  The sun shone and people came out in their thousands to enjoy a real Village Event.

With over 50 community and charity stalls to wander round as well as other attractions, from the funfair, donkeys, model train, body zorbing and  entertainment, there was plenty for all the family to enjoy.  The varied entertainment in the hall was accompanied by lovely refreshments from the team from St Catherine’s, whilst outside the food from Cheadle Muslim Association and from Nixon’s BBQ was much appreciated as usual.  Heald Green Ratepayers’ Tombola produced over £250 which goes towards funding the Festival next year.

The Festival Junior Football Tournament was won by Etchells Primary School and all winners and runners-up received medals. The Deputy Mayor of Stockport drew the winning tickets for the Grand Draw.  The winning ticket numbers are displayed on the Festival website.

The annual Festival is a great way to bring the community together and it would be a pity if it couldn’t continue because of lack of helpers. The Committee are desperate to recruit more people to help. Please give it a go! Margaret, 437 7197, will give you further information.

GMSF Delay

The rewrite of the GMSF document which was latterly promised for July has now been put back to October.  One of the reasons for this is that the Office for National Statistics has brought out new forecasting of the numbers of houses required.  Whether this will lead to a reduction in the thousands of new houses which were planned for Heald Green remains to be seen.  We will not be going ahead with our Public Meeting on 11th September, as the document will not have been published.

Watch this space for updates.

Usage of Runway 2 at Night

The Airport normally use Runway 1 at night but Runway 2 will be used at night from Tuesday 7th August till Thursday, 9th August.  Runway 2 is about 500 yards South of Runway 1 and about a mile further away from Heald Green, so the aircraft will be higher than normal but 500 yards further South.  The night period for this purpose is from 10pm until 6am, the following morning.  Whether aircraft will be landing over Heald Green or taking off is determined by the wind at the time.  Settled warm weather generally means easterly winds, which means that take-offs will be over Heald Green, just when you want to leave your windows open!

Future Housing in Heald Green

We live in a very popular area! All talk of growth and prosperity puts Manchester Airport, Stockport and north east Cheshire in the frame for residential and business growth. The next draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (the house building plan up to 2035) comes out for public consultation this summer.

We know that Heald Green is very likely to see new homes being built as part of the growth and development of this very popular area. What would you like to see happen?

We have a questionnaire to collate views from residents to assist the Councillors and wider association to represent your views accurately in any future discussions and would be very interested to receive your views.

Election Results

The results of the election held on the 3rd May 2018 are as follows:

Ratepayers 2056
Conservative 416
Green 114
Labour 608
Liberal Democrats 203
UKIP 82

Turnout 34.8%

Therefore we are pleased to announce that Cllr Adrian Nottingham has been duly re-elected.

Full results for other wards in Stockport can be found here

Thank you for your support.