Current Issues

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

CMA Revised Planning Application Decided

On 10 July, the following letter was issued to residents and businesses local to the Cheadle Muslim Association site on Wilmslow Road advising them of a revised planning application which they subsequently submitted:

CMA Letter

You can download a copy of the letter by clicking here

CMA new proposed exterior
Proposed exterior of new mosque building

The letter includes a link to the CMA’s website where the plans can be viewed.  To view the website please click here

The Council’s Planning Committee, on 21 November, decided to grant permission.

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 2019

Heald Green Village Festival  took place on the hottest day of the year, so far, at the end of 30 June 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.

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 stall raised over £360 which goes towards funding the Festival next year. The small Rainbow Train, which Nixon’s Farm generously loaned to us, was a real treat for little ones to ride around the huge field.

The Festival Junior Football Tournament was won by Cheadle Catholic Junior School with Etchells Primary as runners-up, with all winners and runners-up receiving medals. The Mayor of Stockport presented the new Ged McAndry Trophy to the winners. The winners of the Grand Draw were also announced at 4pm and winning numbers displayed at Cafe Unity later. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the donors of the great prizes.

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.

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.  Future months are as follows:

December 2nd & 3rd
2020
January  12th – 16th
February  2nd – 6th
March  1st – 5th
April  5th – 9th
May  5th – 7th
June  2nd – 4th
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!

Seashell Trust

You are probably ware that the Seashell Trust’s planning application to rebuild their facility and fund it by selling 30 acres of Green Belt for the construction of up to 325 houses was refused by the Council.  Seashell appealed against the Council’s refusal of planning permission and the appeal was heard by a Planning Inspector at a Public Inquiry in May.  Ratepayers formed a Joint Group with the Action Group and registered as a formal party to the hearing.  The Inquiry was spread over 7 weeks and the Joint Group attended every day to give evidence and cross-examine witnesses.  The Inspector has completed his report and sent it to the Secretary of State, who will publish their decision by 13th February.

For further information about the original planning application please click here