We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

We asked for your views on Stockport's proposed walking and cycling schemes for Greater Manchester's Cycling and Walking Network. 

You said

You can view the report for this consultation and the details of the schemes here.

If you require this report in an alternative format, please email or telephone walkcycle@stockport.gov.uk or telephone 0161 474 2299


We did

The outcome of the consultation and officer recommendations on the progression of scheme proposals will be presented at the January 2020 Area Committee cycle. The Area Committee cycle schedule can be found here. 

This page will be updated once the decision on the proposed schemes has been made. 

We asked

We Asked about your experiences and suggestions for improvement for Breast Screening in Stockport.

You said

926 women responded and let us know about their experiences, both good and where there were issues. The overwhelming majority of you really valued this service and some reported that it had “saved my life”. You offered suggestions for improvement including streamlining the appointment system, more evening and weekend appointments, and more consideration about the location of the service.

We did

We have analysed your responses and shared them with the provider and commissioners of this service. We will be working with them to improve the services further, using your views to help us achieve a service that works for the women of Stockport.

We asked

We proposed a Permit Parking Scheme in Davenport and Cale Green to seek approval to implement the proposed scheme. 

You said

The 2018 consultations asked for feedback on the proposed introduction of a zonal or street-by-street permit scheme. There was a total of 147 responses, the majority of respondents (52%) were supportive of a zonal scheme, 

In response to the 2018 consultation, a zonal scheme was developed to provide residents, businesses and their visitors with the maximum flexibility and opportunity to park.

The proposal from June-July 2019 included a new Permit Parking Zone- Adswood Lane East, Anglesea Avenue, Cale Street, Crosby Street, Lowfield Grove, Lowfield Road, Lyme Grove, Osbourne Road and Weddlington Grove.

We did

The Permit Parking Schemes aim to make parking easier for residents and businesses who don’t have off road parking.  They are considered to support independent living within the community.  

The feedback from the consultation has been carefully considered.  Traffic Services have recommended implementation of the proposed Zonal scheme. This would be a pilot scheme and feed into the large Stockport Parking Review that is currently taking place.


We asked

Merseyway shopping Centre is currently moving forward with its redevelopment, with Addlington Walk being the first refurbishment to go ahead.

We asked for the public’s views on how best to reconfigure and rebrand the walkway as well as amenity and welfare facilities in the Town Centre.

Proposed facilities include a soft play space, new seating, buggy stores, high grade toilets, parent and child facilities and a multi faith prayer room.

You said

A total of 134 people completed the consultation during the public event.

It was found that the main reason the public visit Merseyway is for shopping, followed by eating and drinking and leisure activities.

Toilet facilities were highlighted within the report to be a high importance, with 100 out of the 134 participants using them; most people were happy with the quality and cleanliness of the toilets, however some said they could be better.

We did

As part of the council’s commitment to consultation, the proposals have been subject to discussions with key stakeholders, including tenants of the Shopping Centre, Council Planning Officers, the Merseyway Management Company, and members of the wider local community who use the Centre.

The public consultation process is considered to have been effective, accountable, robust and transparent and this is reflected on the submitted Full Planning Application.  Whilst it is unlikely that any development scheme will satisfy every stakeholder; we are satisfied that the applicant has considered those issues raised during pre-application discussions and the consultation period, they are seeing to mitigate issues of concern wherever possible.

We asked

We asked for you opinions about the Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) in order to shape the final SRF which will be a guide to future redevelopment in the area. 

You said

Overall the SRF was well received and supported:

  •  82% (308 respondents) strongly agree/agree that Stockport Town Centre West has the potential to become an exciting new urban village with a mix of residential and employment uses
  • 79% (297 respondents) strongly agree/agree that this Vision is the right one. We now need to ensure that the coolest, greenest, newest community is also the most desirable community in Greater Manchester

Strong support was received for the objectives:

  •  Health and sustainability (81% strongly agree/agree) 
  •  Economic growth (80% strongly agree/agree)
  • Innovation and future proofing (79% strongly agree/agree) 
  •  Enhancing connectivity (79% strongly agree/agree)
  •  Housing a growing community (77% strongly agree/agree) 
  • Integrating neighbourhoods (73% strongly agree/agree) 
  •  Quality design (73% strongly agree/agree) 
  • Responding to character (65% strongly agree/agree)

There are however a number of areas where comments received through the consultation have been noted and have led to amendments to the final version of the SRF.

We did

Following the responses received from the consultation, changes were made to the draft SRF document to ensure that it more closely reflects the views and opinions of the broad range of stakeholders who engaged in the consultation exercise. This includes the issue of affordability which has been highlighted through the consultation and the revised SRF has given greater prominence to this in response.

Cabinet approved the Strategic Regeneration Framework on 12th November 2019.

The full consultation report, SRF and details of the decision made by Cabinet can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy web pages.

We asked

We asked the Public their views on the Draft Woodford Neighbourhood Plan, Written by the Woodford Neighbourhood Forum, this document sets out development policies that the group have proposed for their local area.

You said

53 Responses where received to the proposals, they were broadly supportive however alterations where suggested.

We did

All comments that were submitted were included as evidence for independent examination. This was alongside all other evidence that helped create the Draft Neighbourhood Plan. The outcome of the independent examination can be found here

Several alterations to the Neighbourhood Plan where recommended by the Examiner, all amendments where accepted by the Woodford Neighbourhood Forum. The final document was presented and accepted by Full Council 4th July 

The Neighbourhood Plan Referendum took place. 12th September 2019.

The outcome of the referendum was:

Number of eligible voters: 1171

  • Number of votes cast: 452,  (38.6% turn-out)
  • Number of Yes votes: 433  (95.8%)
  • Number of No votes: 19 (4.2%)
  • Number of rejected ballot papers: 0

The Woodford Neighbourhood plan will now become become part of the Boroughs Development Plan and will used to determine planning applications within the Woodford Neighbourhood Area.

We asked

We consulted on how to improve our fostering service and how we communicate it to the public.

The consultation formed part of our discovery phase, investigating people’s attitudes and thoughts about fostering, and how they experience the online and offline aspects of the service.

You said

The survey results highlighted that the majority of people first find out about fostering through word of mouth or personal experiences (through family and friends), and would then use their online browser or the Council's website to find out more about fostering in Stockport.

We did

The finding that most people hear about fostering through word of mouth along with the findings that people engage most with social media and hobby/leisure groups, has helped us refine how we market fostering and which channels are best to motivate people to enquire/get in touch with the fostering team.

You can read more about our findings and what we have done since by clicking on the link below:

Gaining Insights into the Fostering User Journey

We asked

The Council asked whether residents agreed with their proposal to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to prevent dog fouling and promote responsible dog ownership.

These proposals included: strengthening the existing provisions to prevent dog fouling by increasing the fine from £50 to £100; excluding dogs from enclosed children’s play areas and other enclosed sports areas; requiring dogs to be kept on leads in cemeteries; no more than four dogs to be under the control of one person in parks and other public open areas; requiring people to have dog bags or the means to pick up after their dog when they are walking their dog and require people to put dogs on a lead when requested by an authorised officer.

You said

802 people responded to this survey. 

Overall there was 88.8% agreement that dog fouling is a problem in Stockport. When asked about increasing fines, 89.1% agreed with this.

On the subject of dogs being excluded from children’s play areas, there was overall agreement of 86.6%. 

When asked about excluding dogs from other recreational areas such as bowling greens and tennis courts, there was overall agreement of 83.3% whilst 11.2% disagreed.

There was 90% overall agreement that dogs should be kept on a lead in cemeteries.

The subject of walking a maximum of four dogs had 79.7% overall agreement. 71% of dog owners agreed with this and 20% disagreed. Those who are not dog owners had 92% agreement with this statement. Agreement was lowest from those with dog walking companies at 56%.

98% of overall respondents agreed that dogs must be put on a lead if they are causing a nuisance. 

We did

Following the public consultation, the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to promote responsible dog ownership was approved by Cabinet on 14th August 2018.

You can view the full PSPO here:

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Public Space Protection Order to Promote Responsible Dog Ownership