Current Issues

Black Lives Matter

In support of Black Lives Matter, Stockport Council issued the following statement, signed by all Group Leaders: 

“Stockport Council stands together with people here and across the world who face racism and prejudice.

We believe discrimination and oppression has no place in our society and we stand united in solidarity with those who seek to tackle inequalities. 

Tolerance, kindness and respect are at the heart of our communities in Stockport and these values underpin our inclusive approach to the way we live. Racism and discrimination have no place in our society and we must, as a community, continue to make a stand. 

Tackling inequalities has always been, and will continue to be, our priority.” 

Check out Safe Streets Stockport and make sure we put Heald Green on the map!

Stockport Council is to receive a grant of up to £500,000 to help it deliver proposals to make it easier for people to walk and cycle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The current health crisis has provided a need to make it as easy as possible for residents to walk and cycle safely while also respecting the Government’s social distancing guidelines.

WalkRideGM have created an interactive map of Stockport that lets you pin-point the areas you think need to be look at. The data that this will provide will help Stockport Council in identifying those particular areas of the borough where measures to support walking and cycling safely are needed.

Chris Boardman, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, says:

“By creating safe streets we give people the choice to make active journeys, taking the pressure off our public transport system and protecting our NHS – both now and in the future. When a third of all journeys under 1km in Greater Manchester are made by car, the lifesaving impact of this, through improved health and cleaner air, cannot be underestimated.”

In addition, any Stockport business or resident who is aware of a footpath or road where social distancing is proving to be a challenge, should forward the details to walkcycle@stockport.gov.uk

Cllr Adrian Nottingham says; “This is an opportunity to have our say and to promote a safer and cleaner place to live. Please do check out Safe Streets Stockport and make sure we put Heald Green on the map!”

 

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Seashell Trust Planning Appeal

We have been informed that the Secretary of State has granted the Seashell Trust permission to rebuild their campus and sell off the Green Belt land alongside Wilmslow Rd for the construction of a housing estate of up to 325 houses.  For further information about this application and the subsequent appeal please click here 

 

Bin Collections – simplified!

There has understandably been some confusion about bin collections.  We have received a number of queries and felt it would be useful to clarify the current arrangements specifically in Heald Green:

Black bins
There’s no change to your black bin collection and it’ll continue to be emptied every 2 weeks on your normal day.

Blue & Brown bins
Blue and brown bins will be collected together every 4 weeks. Your blue bin needs to be put out the same day as your usual brown bin collection.

Green bins
Green bins are being collected on the same day as your black bin, every two weeks. Green bins are for garden and food waste.

You can find the most up to date information about bin collections on the council’s website at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling-coronavirus

You can also find some information about using private companies who offer to remove waste for a fee by clicking here

Bin Collections

As most people already know, until further notice the green bins will not be collected and food waste should be put in to your black bins.
The councillors have sought clarification and can advise that waste disposal facilities are still open for trade waste so companies offering to remove residents’ waste are still operating and are able to dispose of waste correctly. However, it is an individual resident’s responsibility to check that they are using a registered waste carrier and they should also seek a receipt for the collection of their waste. Residents can be prosecuted for fly-tipping if their waste is not disposed of lawfully, even if they have paid someone else to take it away in good faith.
This and other useful information to support you through the coronavirus pandemic is being constantly updated on our website http://healdgreenratepayers.org.uk

Support for Heald Green Residents – Please SHARE

 

We are continuing to update the dedicated page on our website http://healdgreenratepayers.org.uk/coronavirus to try and offer practical support to Heald Green residents during these unprecedented times, please keep checking back and SHARE this information with anyone who you think may benefit from it.

If you have any information that you think would be useful to add to the page, please contact us on email@healdgreenratepayer.org.uk

We now have a dedicated page on our website http://healdgreenratepayers.org.uk/coronavirus to try and offer practical support to Heald Green residents during these unprecedented times, we will update this page as information changes so please keep checking back.

If you have any information that you think would be useful to add to the page, please contact us on email@healdgreenratepayer.org.uk

Litter Pick Cancelled

 

We have taken the decision to cancel the community litter pick that was due to take place this Saturday.  Although it is an outdoor activity, the event generates additional work for the Council who are extremely stretched at the moment with the Coronavirus outbreak and therefore we felt it was best to not go ahead.  We plan to hold the next Litter Pick in October as usual. Please pass this message on to anyone who you know was planning to attend.

COVID-19 update from Councillor Adrian Nottingham, 18.3.20

 

This remains a quickly changing and fast moving situation with increasingly stringent and far reaching measures being introduced on a daily basis. The aim of these measures is to slow down the progress of this disease in order for our national healthcare system to care for those people who will be most adversely affected by it.

Nationwide there is a crisis command structure to deal with what is a global pandemic and Stockport Council is fully integrated into that structure. The council’s first responsibility is towards those residents most at risk and it is therefore reprioritising its workforce and service delivery, whilst seeking to ensure disruption to other services and to the economy is kept to a minimum.

This unprecedented situation is quickly redefining our ‘normal’ living, working and social life practice and balance, with all of us now being asked to make drastic changes to our daily lives in order to play our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.  By keeping ourselves healthy we do our best for our families, friends, neighbours and fellow community members; particularly those most at risk. To this end it is important that we all seek to follow the government guidelines on social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults (published 16th March 2020).

It is heart-warming to hear of the many offers being made by Heald Green residents to help neighbours who will need help during these very difficult times. The right help will undoubtedly be a lifeline for many of our community members over the coming weeks. This emerging volunteer workforce is a national phenomenon and will be a very necessary part of getting through this crisis. However, as I’m sure you will agree, this is not without risk to both those giving help and those receiving help. Stockport Council is looking to issue guidance in the next days to support safe volunteering practice and we will communicate this immediately it is received.

For further information including links to the relevant government and NHS websites, visit Stockport Council’s ‘Latest News’ page.

CORONAVIRUS – HEALD GREEN

This is an unsettling and worrying time for everyone. As an Association we share many of these fears, but we are fortunate to live in a community with very strong ties, and it is these – all the groups and networks that have built up over many years, which can be of real support at this troubling time. As you know, we have direct links to Stockport Council through our councillors, and therefore have good channels of communication to information, support and advice from Government and Public Health.

Our lead councillor Adrian Nottingham is attending a Leaders meeting tomorrow and we will have the latest information on how best to respond. As a community we need to be as co-ordinated as we can, and will publish guidance as to how we can be most effective as we get it. People are already contacting neighbours and looking out for each other, which is to be welcomed. We will use the channels and contacts we have. This is not something which any one group can do, and our aim is to work together with other groups and organisations. No one should feel alone and forgotten at this time. We will be posting regular updates as we get them. If you know someone who does not have access to the internet, please keep them updated.

Public Realm Improvement Scheme

Stockport Council started highway construction works during week commencing 7 January. The work is scheduled to last until April, near the village centre shops on Finney Lane as well as Junction Improvement Works at Finney Lane/ Outwood Road and Finney Lane/ Queensway.  This work is as a part of the SEMMMS Mitigation and Complementary Measures scheme  and follows a consultation exercise undertaken in 2017 by the Council’s Traffic Services Team.

The proposed highway works include:
 Repaving of the footway using conservation paving/ kerb adjacent to 246 – 268 Finney Lane.
 Improvement of the street lighting and new gateway street lighting artwork;
 Re-arrangement/ installation of bollards along Finney Lane
 Construction of improved crossing points with dropped kerb and tactile paving;
 Improved car park signing
 Refurbishment and relocation of the finger post sign at Outwood Road.
 Reconstruction of pedestrian refuge islands at the junctions of Outwood Road/ Finney Lane and Queensway/ Finney Lane (including carriageway widening at Queensway).
Introduction of No Waiting at Any Time (Double Yellow Lines) and refreshing existing road markings.
Improvement of the existing bus stop adjacent to 256-258 Finney Lane.

Some footways will be closed and alternative pedestrian diversion routes signed to enable the contractor to re-pave the footways.

Traffic flows will be maintained throughout the construction period however temporary traffic signals or stop/ go boards will be utilised when necessary to control alternating single direction traffic flows through the work area.

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CCTV at the Village Centre

The CCTV system is now up and running following a period of consultation with local business owners and users of the Village Centre shops and a long period of negotiation for permission by the relevant authorities.

The system covers the area from the railway bridge, along the shop frontages on the North side of Finney Lane as far as Freshfield.

The purpose of the system is to maintain surveillance of the Village Centre (Finney Lane) for the purpose of reducing or discouraging and detection of anti-social or criminal behaviour.

The system is owned, and maintenance paid for, by Heald Green and Long Lane Ratepayers’ Association (HGRA) and was purchased with a grant obtained from Stockport Council.

The images recorded by the CCTV system are not monitored but are stored in a secure location and retained for 31 days.

The system is registered with the Information Commissioners Office and the Chairman of the HGRA is the registered Data Controller.

The system is managed by a small Management Group nominated by the HGRA. In order to comply with the requirements of the information Commissioner, there is a clear policy which members of the Management Group strictly adhere to when processing data collected by the CCTV cameras.

Data is only processed on request by the Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service or any other authorised agency under a strict documented protocol.

The Management Group does not have access to facial recognition software. Requests for data from the general public must be channeled through the GMP.

Details of the legal requirements under which the system is authorised and operated are available on application to: email@healdgreenratepayers.org.uk

Remembrance Sunday

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Again, this year, the Remembrance Service was attended by hundreds of people and provided a respectful opportunity for our Community to pay their respects, lest we forget…

As last year, the Ratepayers arranged for large poppies to be displayed on lamp posts on Wilmslow Rd and Finney Lane, in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.  We also had additional large poppies for people to buy to display. All money is going to the Royal British Legion to support our disabled ex-servicemen. We ran a stall at the Heald Green Festival and sold 60 large poppies at £3 each.  If you wish to buy one next year, contact any of the Ratepayers’ Committee or email: email@healdgreenratepayers.org.uk

Questions had 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 the Community 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 and piper, who play at other services but can only attend Heald Green because it is at 12.00.

Services across Stockport have taken place at different times of the day for many years. Each community has its own time and place to reflect and remember. Heald Green’s community 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 community event is at 12.00.

 

Festival 2020

Last year, Heald Green Community Festival  took place on the hottest day of the year and people came out in their thousands to enjoy a real Village Event, which started with a Fancy Dress parade  for the children around the local streets. This was led by the Phoenix Pipe Band and was enjoyed by everyone.

Unfortunately, the Festival could not take place this year because of the Coronavirus regulations about gatherings. The Festival committee had started to plan the event when a decision was made at the beginning of April to cancel for 2020, the week before the programme should have gone to the printers.

The committee had some fresh ideas for the next Festival from some  new members. A few of the older members would like to retire after organising the Festival for many years. New members are needed for 2021,  when hopefully we’ll see the Festival emerge stronger than ever. Please give some thought to joining the organising committee and give it a go! Margaret, 07760342243, will give you further information. Plans start in January 2021 but give us your name now so that we can be in touch.

Usage of Runway 2 at Night

The Airport normally use only Runway 1 at night but Runway 2 is used at night when maintenance work is being carried out on Runway 1.  This is programmed in advance.  The programme for 2020 follows but may change as the Corvid regulations have drastically curtailed the use of the runways.  Any changes will be announced on this page.
July  7th – 9th
August  4th – 6th
September  1st – 3rd
October  4th – 8th
November  3rd – 5th
December  8th – 10th
2021
January  12th – 14th

It may be that unexpected maintenance work needs to be carried on dates other than those above.

Runway 2 is parallel to Runway 1 and about 500 yards South of it but is 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 or taking off over Heald Green 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!