Rediscovering The Underbanks Townscape Heritage Survey

Closed 11 Nov 2020

Opened 21 Oct 2020

Feedback updated 3 Jun 2021

We asked

Following Stockport Council securing an award of £1.79m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2018 for the Rediscovering the Underbanks Townscape Heritage scheme, we asked how you would like the funds to be used.

You said

The online survey which attracted 656 responses found that residents were concerned about the neglect of buildings in the Underbanks and the number of closed shops.

Most of the respondents said that they visit the Underbanks for shopping, hospitality and socialising, and around half ticked “culture and heritage” as a motivation for visiting. A smaller, but still significant proportion (90) said they were there for work, suggesting a particular interest in the refurbishment and revitalisation of the area.

Several residents felt that Rediscovering the Underbanks, if successful, will help the project's overarching objective, to be "a better place to live, work and visit".

We did

We have already began building repairs across the Underbanks. For example, refurbishing the outside of 30-32 Little Underbank to give it a more attractive physical appearance due to its prominent position on the street.

We are also refurbishing 13 Little Underbank due to its significant heritage value and its prominent location adjacent to the bridge and steps to Market Place. This has included redecoration of all joinery and the shopfront and signage being reinstated.

As well as restoration works, we are looking to build awareness of the significance of the area's heritage. For example, we have appointed 3 apprentice heritage trainees. We will also organise events to educate the community on its heritage, which will encourage greater spend and interest in the Underbanks.


Prize Draw

After completing this survey there is an opportunity to be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a one-off, special edition, framed artwork of the Underbanks by local artist Eamonn Murphy.

Rediscovering the Underbanks Townscape Heritage.

Rediscovering the Underbanks is an exciting project which aims to bring buildings back to life and reconnect people with the area. The project is led by Stockport Council, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and supported by a number of partners and community groups. The five-year project also includes a programme of events aiming to increase knowledge and appreciation of the unique history of the area.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to find out, before the restoration work begins, what people know about the Underbanks, how they use the area and what they think of its current condition. After the buildings have been refurbished, we'll be asking similar questions to see whether the improvements have changed peoples attitudes and behaviour. 



What happens next

Thank you for taking part in the survey. 

Responses will remain anonymous.