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 the potential introducton of a prebooked minimum journey free for Hackney Carriages.

You said

There were real concerns regarding the proposal from people who either use hackney carriages or who are carers for people who use hackney carriages.  Your told us of your concerns around the increased cost associated with a prebooked fare.

Yout said that you felt aggrieved by the proposal for a prebooked minimum fare and their response is that they would use private hire instead.

We did

Results indicated concerns from service users regarding  the request for the introduction of a  minimum fare to be charged for prebooked hackney carriage journeys.

The concerns were re-laid to the hackney carriage trade association who have decided to withdraw their request for a prebooked minimum fare from the current fare review.

The hackney carriage trade association have asked the Council to undertake research with other local  authorities to see if any similar schemes operate successfully in other council areas, so that the matter may be considered in any future hackney carriage fare review

We asked

We asked how far you agreed or disagreed with the Stockport Active Communities Strategy principles, approach, priority groups and action priorities.

You said

There were a total of 94 responses to the online survey. 69.15% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with the proposed whole systems approach; 67.03% either agreed or strongly agreed with the proposed principles and approach; 70.22% either agreed or strongly agreed with the identified priority groups and 29.79% respondents felt that there were some action priorities missing. The key themes arising from the survey were that everyone needs to be included and that accessibility and inclusivity is of upmost importance. It is also about getting everyone involved through good communications and leading by example. 

We did

The next stage of development is the implementation plan and that is the stage when we will not only consider in detail what we propose to do to further support and facilitate activity for our priority groups but also consider how to measure impact.

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and associated signage; implementation of bollards and dropped kerbs with tactile paving; road markings; speed limit repeater signs and new school warning signs as part of a Road Safety around Schools scheme to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 9 responses were received with 78% of respondents supporting the proposals.

We did

The proposed scheme was approved at the Central Stockport Area Committee on the 10th March 2022. The TROs are expected to be advertised in spring/summer 2022.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy web pages here (Item 11): https://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=148&MId=27523&Ver=4

We asked

We asked for your views on the School Admission arrangements for the 2023-24 academic year including changes to the processing of late applications and school holiday dates.

You said

There was overwhelming support for keeping the school holidays the same as in previous years, with many saying these allowed parents of primary aged children to book holidays in the May half term.

There was a mixed response to the change of processing late applications, many stakeholders felt it was fair to allow these applications to be made on time following offer day. Others felt that there is sufficient time for everyone to apply and it was unfair to the parents and children who applied by the deadline.

We did

The proposals were considered and approved with school holiday dates following the same format as in previous years and ‘late applications’ will be considered as on time 2 weeks after offer day. The full determination can be found here: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/determination-notice-2023-24

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and associated signage; implementation of bollards and dropped kerbs with tactile paving; access protection markings and new school warning signs as part of a Road Safety around Schools scheme to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 18 responses were received with 71% of respondents supporting the proposals. Four local residents advised that they experience drivers parking across their driveways at school times.

We did

In response to the feedback received access protection markings are proposed at an additional two properties (the other two properties that reported cars parking across the driveway have existing access protection markings).

The proposed scheme was approved at the Werneth Area Committee on the 7th March 2022. The TROs are expected to be advertised in spring/summer 2022.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy web pages here (Item 9): https://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=135&MId=27481&Ver=4

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and associated signage; implementation of pencil bollards; and new school warning signs as part of a Road Safety around Schools scheme to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 22 responses were received with 68% of respondents supporting the proposals. 6 respondents disagreed with the proposals, 5 of whom disagreed with an element of the proposed TROs. One resident requested that additional measures be implemented on Churchley Road.

We did

In response to the feedback received, the proposed restrictions on Huntley Road have been reduced. Ward members have also agreed to review Churchley Road, separate to the Road Safety Around Schools programme.

The proposed scheme was approved at the Central Stockport Area Committee on the 10th March 2022. The TROs are expected to be advertised in spring/summer 2022.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy web pages here (Item 10): https://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=148&MId=27523&Ver=4

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of dropped kerbs with tactile paving on Bosden Fold Road and remarking of the existing 20 roundels and SLOW road markings as part of a Road Safety around Schools scheme to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 14 responses were received with 93% of respondents supporting the proposals.

We did

The proposals were approved at the Stepping Hill Area Committee on 25th January 2022. The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy Web pages here (Item 9): Agenda for Stepping Hill Area Committee on Tuesday, 25th January, 2022, 6.00 pm - Stockport Council

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and associated signage and implementation of dropped kerbs with tactile paving; as part of a Road Safety around Schools scheme to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 16 responses were received with 69% of respondents supporting the proposals. 3 respondents disagreed with the proposals, all of whom commented on the proposed parking restrictions. Two respondents advised that on-street car parking is already competitive, whilst the third felt that the proposed restrictions don’t go far enough.

We did

The proposed scheme represents a reduction in the parking restrictions proposed when compared with a previous 2019 scheme and aims to balance improved safety with the parking requirements of local residents. The proposed scheme was approved at the Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Soutth Area Committee on the 10th March 2022. The TROs are expected to be advertised in spring/summer 2022.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy web pages here (Item 9): https://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=142&MId=27515&Ver=4

 

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and associated signage; implementation of dropped kerbs with tactile paving; and new school warning signs as part of a Road Safety around Schools scheme to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 36 responses were received with 61% of respondents supporting the proposals. 11 respondents disagreed with the proposals, 9 of whom disagreed with the introduction of No Waiting at Times Shown restrictions on Fairacres Road.

We did

Whilst the length of the proposed No Waiting at Times Shown restrictions was identified on the plan (12m) this distance was not included within the text shown on the on-street notices. It is considered that this may have led to some misunderstanding regarding the proposed extent of the restrictions. The proposed restrictions would reduce the on-street parking available by approximately two vehicle lengths and were proposed in order to improve the flow of traffic at the eastern end of Fairacres Road and prevent vehicles blocking the uncontrolled pedestrian crossing. It was therefore recommended that the restrictions be retained.

The proposals were approved at the Marple Area Committee on 1st December 2021. The TROs will be advertised in spring 2022.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy Web pages here (Item 15): Agenda for Marple Area Committee on Wednesday, 1st December, 2021, 6.00 pm - Stockport Council

 

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of dropped kerbs with tactile paving; road markings and new school warning signs to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 8 responses were received with 75% of respondents supporting the proposals; 1 respondent was against the proposals. The resident who disagreed with the proposals advised that cars park on the school zig-zag markings and across driveways, not in the location of the proposed works.

We did

The proposals were approved at the Central Stockport Area Committee on 21st October 2021.  A request will also be made for additional enforcement visits with the camera car following the introduction of the new measures.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy Web pages here (Item 10): https://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=148&MId=27520&Ver=4

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and associated signage; implementation of dropped kerbs with tactile paving and pencil bollards; and new school warning signs as part of a Road Safety around Schools scheme to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

A total of 16 responses were received with 81% of respondents supporting the proposals.

We did

The proposals were approved at the Central Stockport Area Committee on 2nd December 2021. The TROs were advertised in February 2022.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy Web pages here (Item 9): Agenda for Central Stockport Area Committee on Thursday, 2nd December, 2021, 6.00 pm - Stockport Council

We asked

We asked for your views on the potential implementation of a footway build-out with associated dropped kerbs with tactile paving; pencil bollards, access protection markings, new school warning signs, sign post painting and provision of additional road markings to support the Council’s overall strategic ambition to increase the number of children walking or cycling to school.

You said

1 response was received as part of the consultation; this was supportive of the proposed scheme.

We did

The proposals were approved at the Central Stockport Area Committee on 21st October 2021 and the proposals are being taken forward for detailed design and then construction.  

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s Democracy Web pages here (Item 9): https://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=148&MId=27520&Ver=4

We asked

The aims of this engagement were to: understand what uses Stockroom could have; enable participants to have their say on the types of things they might like to see in Stockroom; identify any perceived disadvantages to the Stockroom idea; capture the perceived benefits a development of this nature may provide.

You said

In total 1299 surveys were completed. A broad mix of age bands (17% under 35, 60% 35-64 & 18% over 65), those with  (37%) and without children at home (59%) (4% preferring not to say) and those who do (18%) or do not have (76%) a disability or long-term health condition (5% preferring not to say) completed the survey.

The idea of Stockroom was seen as exciting and a great opportunity to enhance learning as well as being a place to socialise. Stockroom is seen as having the potential to provide a multi-use community space and bring services and organisations together in one central location. The benefits of a development of this nature for the Town Centre were seen as being multi-faceted but with regeneration of the High Street the one most agreed with.

Participants also had the opportunity in an open-ended question to write anything which they saw as being a disadvantage to the proposed plans. 41% of participants left this question blank and 23% of those who gave a written answer to this question provided a positive comment rather than any perceived disadvantage. However, 20% of those making a comment felt that most or all resources will be taken away from Central Library. Also, 16% felt that Stockroom would take away from local amenities and facilities.

We did

Following the positive response to this survey, we are now consulting with people about moving the Town Centre library services from Central Library into Stockroom. The Proposal to move Central Library services to Stockroom consultation is running from 23 August to 18 October.

 You can view the full consultation report here.

We asked

Between Wednesday 13th January and Friday 12th February 2021, we asked you for your views on the existing traffic calming measures along Windlehurst Road between the A6 (Buxton Road) and Broadhurst’s Bridge. 

You said

Part 1 of the response form focused on traffic calming along Windlehurst Road (A6 to Broadhurst’s Bridge) as a whole.

A total of 932 online and written response forms were received in response to the consultation. The results indicate that the majority (81%) of respondents agree that traffic calming on Windlehurst Road should be reviewed and removed in some sections. 

Part 2 of the response form focused on the traffic calming along Windlehurst Road within the following two sections: Section 1 - Between the A6 (Buxton Road) and Andrew Lane; and Section 2 - Between Andrew Lane and Broadhurst’s Bridge (Macclesfield Canal).

77% and 89% of respondents respectively for Section 1 and 2 identified that they believe traffic calming should be removed within these Sections. Furthermore, 80% and 86% of respondents respectively for Section 1 and 2 identified that they do not like driving along Windlehurst Road. Very few respondents identified that they feel more comfortable walking or cycling along Windlehurst Road.  

We did

The analysis of the consultation has found that approximately half of the responses received to this public consultation were from residents who live outside the High Lane area. It is considered likely that these residents utilise Windlehurst Road as a driving route and would not experience the impacts of speeding along Windlehurst Road to the same extent as the residents who live alongside or adjacent to the road who are directly affected daily.

Therefore, it has been recommended that additional analysis is undertaken to better understand the various perspectives based on geographical locations prior to any decisions being made regarding the retention or removal of the existing traffic calming measures along Windlehurst Road.

We asked

We asked for your views on proposed changes to a number of SEND support services in Stockport funded by the High Needs Funding block of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG).

You said

We had over 674 responses to the consultation from a range of different stakeholders.

We did

We are now in the process of considering the outcomes of the consultation and beginning to work up the proposals that will be further developed to be taken forward later in the year. For more information please email DSG@stockport.gov.uk

We asked

We asked for your thoughts on a proposed cycle route, a school streets pilot, a village 'parklet' and councillor lane improvements.

You said

The consultation asked for feedback on the proposed introduction of a new cycle track linking Whitegates Road to Ashfield Road and Massie Street car park. There was a total of 25 respondents of which 69% agreed.

Feedback was sought for a 'school street' pilot on Ashfield Crescent for Cheadle Primary School which would prevent motor vehicles using the road between school drop off/pick up times. There was a total of 26 respondents of which 69% agreed.

The consultation also asked for feedback on a proposed new 'parklet' to provide an attractive place to sit and parking for cycles on/ near to Cheadle high street. From the 26 respondents, 63% agreed.

Furthermore, the consultation asked for opinions on improvements to the appearance of the shopping parade, including new trees, cycle parking and seating. From the 29 respondents, 66% agreed with the recommendations.

We did

After consideration from the feedback received from the consultation, we have begun to progress the Ashfield Road Segregated Cycle route.

The overall positive feedback from the 'school street' pilot means that we have begun detailed designs for construction.

In response to the feedback received for the 'parklet' we are undergoing further assessment into the feasibility of an alternative position on the high street, to ensure the safest location.

The overall positive support for the Lane Improvements has meant that the proposal has been taken forward for detailed design and construction. Two bollards have been added to the proposal to prevent footway parking on the eastern side of York Close.

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.

We asked

Residents were given the opportunity to leave comments on whether they support the introduction of an Active Neighbourhood in Heatons.

An Active Neighbourhood aims to enable residents to make short trips on foot, by cycle or by public transport, instead of jumping in their car. Active Neighbourhoods also seek to make our roads safer for everyone as well.

You said

A 7-week engagement exercise was carried out in September-October 2020. This gave the local community an opportunity to comment on whether they may support the introduction of Active Neighbourhood features, and, in particular, where the key issues are that are concerning them and where they think new measures would be of benefit.

An extensive leaflet drop was undertaken to approximately 16,000 properties, supplemented by on-street signage, posters, a press release and social media schedule.

Support was shown for the adoption of traffic slowing measures such as reducing speed limits, speed bumps and speed cameras. Traffic calming measures for roads such as Manchester Road were also suggested to ensure safety and to prevent speeding. The adoption of School Streets was also a popular suggestion.

We did

Officers intend to present Active Neighbourhood trial proposals to Committee which, subject to approvals, are planned to take place in late summer 2021. The process of identifying areas for potentially hosting trials is underway.

We asked

We asked your thoughts on establishing a new cultural and social hub in Stockport town centre, provisionally titled 'One Stockport Hub'. This would mean a relocation from Central Library to One Stockport Hub.

You said

The consultation was undertaken over a six-week period and ended on 19th October 2020 and received 1005 responses.

Of those who responded, 45% stated that they will or probably will visit One Stockport Hub. Of these, 40% did not currently use any library services. 29% of respondents stated they probably will not visit, or that One Stockport Hub is not for them.

Further engagement was carried out with Stockport Youth Engagement group,  who expressed enthusiasm about the potential for a new community hub and the fact it would be based in a more accessible location close to shops and buses.

There was clear support from individuals and groups for services that it would be more accessible to disabled residents, and an interest in contributing to the design of services in the Hub to support this. 

We did

One Stockport Hub will open its doors in Stockport Town Centre, initially offering a pre-bookable service from 17th March. It will be located in Mersey Square, a highly accessible location in the heart of the Town Centre.

Visitors will have access to: a dedicated family library with adult and children’s literature; a digital zone with computers and tables for use free of charge, as well as free Wi-Fi and space where visitors can use their own devices; Council’s heritage material and Stockport archives; a Stockport shop selling items currently offered in our museums’ shops; local history displays from our museum collection.

Subject to the current government restrictions being eased on 12th April, this will be the earliest date that book browsing and drop-in use of computers will be reintroduced, as well as access to the shop. We will also be operating under strict Covid secure guidelines to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff.

We asked

We asked how important you believe the climate is and how we should tackle climate change.

You said

The consultation on the climate action strategy went live on the Council’s Have Your Say webpage on 31st July 2020 and closed on 4th September 2020 and there were 189 responses.

Most people (89.95%) feel that the climate is very important and 78.31% of respondents are very committed to tackling it. 83.52% of people felt that they could do more to tackle climate change but the main obstacle to doing this is cost.

The next part of the consultation asked respondents how far they agreed or disagreed with proposed actions. 86.24% of respondents agreed with building climate action into everything we do; 85.19% agreed with working with businesses and local people to take action; 88.36% agreed that we should have more energy efficient homes and buildings, now and in the future; 87.3% agreed that we should ensure that future energy needs of the Borough can be met in a sustainable way; 85.71% agreed that we should move to carbon-free transport options and increase walking, cycling and use of public transport; 91.01% agreed that we should protect and enhance our natural environment; 90.34% agreed that we should put climate impact at the heart of everything we do.

We did

Across the borough, we have already acted on tackling the climate crisis.

Stockport homes are recognised as leaders in sustainability with 91% of homes having an EPC rating C or above.

Regarding renewable energy, Stockport Council have commenced a £20 million LED Lighting and Energy Efficiency project for its street lighting network which aims to reduce the associated energy demand by 33%. We are also in the process of  planting 2,200 trees across  the borough.

We have also invested in sustainable travel including cycling schemes through the Mayoral Corporation Fund and we have introduced electric charging points within the borough and electric vehicles into our fleet.