We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

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.

We asked

We asked whether you agree on re-locating Lisburne School from Half Moon Lane to a larger, new building on the former Offerton School site from September 2021. This would enable an increase to the number of places available at the School to 208 following the re-location.

You said

We provided hard copies of the consultation leaflet to all staff, governors and parents/carers and to parents, staff and governors at the Fairway Primary and Castle Hill High Schools located adjacent to the proposed new School site. Hard copies were also sent to 210 residential properties around the proposed site.

In total there were 176 written responses. Of these responses 146 supported the proposed relocation, 13 neither agreed nor disagreed, 1 did not know and 16 did not agree with the proposal.

Many respondents believed the re-location and expansion would have a positive impact on the local community by allowing more children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities a place at the School. Lots of positivity was shown towards the school facilities and staff members.

However, concerns were raised surrounding the increase of traffic this would cause.

We did

After careful consideration of the responses, the new School is due to open for pupils in September 2022 creating an additional 92 places for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.

The School will cater for 208 pupils from reception to year 6 (age 11). There will be on average 30 pupils per year group, in an average class size of 10. The School will cater for children with a range of needs and abilities.

80% of the pupils will arrive by Local Authority Transport and will be dropped off within the application site. It is the intention that updated Travel Plans will be prepared on an integrated campus wide basis ensuring a coordinated approach between the new Lisburne School and the existing Castle Hill and The Fairway Schools.

We asked

We asked your thoughts on proposed changes to the A6/Railway Road junction.

You said

A total of 38 online and six email responses were received, comments were also taken from one phone call. The main consultation audience was: residents and businesses in the local area; those who may be affected by or use the proposed infrastructure; and key local stakeholders including statutory consultees, business organisations, special interest groups and politicians.

Respondents were asked to what extent they agreed or disagreed with the proposals for the A6 / Railway Road junction. 38% (14) strongly agreed or agreed and 46% (17) strongly disagreed or disagreed, 16% (6) neither agreed nor disagreed.

Respondents were asked to what extent they agreed or disagreed with the proposal to make John Street one-way away from the junction, and Loonies Court one-way towards Norbury Street. 54% (20) strongly agreed or agreed and 11% (4) strongly disagreed or disagreed, 35% (13) neither agreed nor disagreed or didn’t know.

We did

The Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration recommended to approve the implementation of the updated proposals in accordance with the proposed drawing. As part of a wider scheme, we also have a further consultation planned.

We asked

We asked your thoughts on the proposal to introduce parking zones whereby residents would be able to park with permits and non-residents would be able to Pay & Display. Parking zones were proposed on the hospital side of the A6 Buxton Road (Zone 1) and on the opposite side of the A6 Buxton Road to the hospital (Zone 2).

You said

The consultation was held over a four-week period between 12th February and 13th March 2020 with the main consultation audience being residents and businesses in the local area.

Respondents were asked whether they agree with the scheme, to which 95% responded 'No'. Respondents were also asked when they think the proposed scheme should be operational. In Zone 1, the strong majority of respondents that answered this question responded ‘Other’. There was a slight favour towards ‘8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday’ over ‘24 hours per day, 7 days per week’ by those who selected one of these options, although only by 51%-to-49% amongst those with a declared interest in Zone 1. Regarding Zone 2, the majority also responded 'Other'. As with Zone 1, there was a favour towards ‘8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday’ over ‘24 hours per day, 7 days per week’ by those who selected one of these options – by 58%-to-42% amongst those with a declared interest in Zone 2. Furthermore, 90% of respondents did not agree with the principle of introducing dual use zones for resident permit parking and Pay & Display.

We did

Noting the overwhelming disagreement with both the scheme as proposed and the principles of a resident-paid permit scheme, the Council recommend that the proposals are not taken forward.

The Council will continue to work with the hospital and monitor residents’ concerns in an attempt to address local issues.

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