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Author: Andrew Smirthwaite

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Stockport based CDL ‘one of the best places to work in the UK’

Stockport based CDL has retained its exclusive Top Employers certification, meaning it is officially recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK for a second consecutive year.

The IT company, ranked 20 in a recent list of the top 100 technology companies in the North, employs nearly 700 people at its technology campus on Kings Reach Road and has long been recognised for its agile and collaborative culture and positive role within the local community.

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Townscape Heritage Grant Which Will Help Rediscover The Underbanks

In early 2017 Stockport Council were awarded a Stage 1 of a Townscape Heritage grant for the ‘Rediscovering the Underbanks’ project.

Working with the local community and businesses, the project will help breathe new life into the area, celebrating its truly unique townscape. ‘Rediscover the Underbanks’ will support a range of projects aimed at transforming Stockport’s historic high street into a vibrant destination for businesses and visitors, whilst also telling the area’s stories to new audiences.

The grant scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to refurbish buildings in historic town centres. Townscape Heritage projects aim to support communities and increase business confidence by investing in historic areas. This results in an attractive and lively environment to live and work.

The scheme includes improvements to property and the local area, skills training and community events designed to bring people into the area. They are now preparing to develop the Stage 2 Application to HLF in order to receive funding later in 2018. After the money has been awarded, the project will run for five years.

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Type of property

Property types are a handy measure of the shape of the market in a local area. For example, areas with lots of flats tend to be urban in character because there is huge pressure on land. A large number of detached homes means that the area is suburban and not very densely populated.

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Annual house price index (house vs flat)

We know we live in a great area, and because most people agree, demand has driven up house prices. But how do prices in our area stack up in terms of property types? This chart looks at the comparison over the last eight years.

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The split of house and flat sales

We’ve included this chart to show the relative number of flats and houses selling in the last 11 months in our area. Due to the profile of the housing stock in the area, there’s nothing too surprising here, but it’s interesting to see how the different types of properties contribute to total sales levels.

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Berretto Lounge Opens its doors at Redrock

Berretto Lounge, newest restaurant and bar, has thrown its doors open at Redrock Stockport.

Offering something for everyone, no matter what your taste in food, the new family-friendly and community focussed Berretto Lounge gives visitors yet another reason to visit Redrock.

Overlooking the public square that links Redrock with Prince’s Street, Berretto Lounge will serve everything from fresh, zingy salads to massive burgers with all the trimmings, making it the perfect place to head whether you’re looking for a coffee, a business lunch with colleagues or a lazy all-day brunch. 

Redrock has proven an instant success with visitors from across South Manchester since it opened just 11 weeks ago, with the cinema and restaurants all reporting that their visitor and trading figures are well ahead of predictions.

Visitors have flocked to the new leisure destination, and are loving the 10-screen The Light Cinema where they can relax and watch the latest releases from the comfort of their reclining chair, as well as the ever range of restaurants they find on offer, making it easy to see why it is so popular.

The opening of Berretto Lounge has created 25 new jobs in Stockport, for local residents who are at the heart of the investment work taking place.

Councillor Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration commented: “It’s great to be able to welcome Berretto Lounge to Stockport, and I’m sure that they are going to prove very popular at Redrock.  I’m delighted that their opening has created so many new jobs for local people and want to wish Berretto Lounge and each of their staff the very best for the future.”

Jenny Arnot, Operations Manager, The Lounges, said “We’re delighted to have opened our Berretto Lounge and showing the locals how to lounge in style. The team are looking forward to becoming part of the community and will support local groups and initiatives wherever possible.”

Parking at Redrock couldn’t be easier.  Visitors can now access the new 360 space multi-storey car park directly from the A6, and this links to the neighbouring Merseyway car park.

Free parking is available for anyone coming to Redrock to watch a film at The Light by validating your ticket, as well as for all other visitors after 6pm every day.   

 

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All Change at Grand Central: New Facilities Set To Improve Fitness Access And Enjoyment

As part of a £2.8m investment programme from Stockport Council, the Grand Central leisure complex has unveiled today new centre upgrades and facilities designed to help boost the health, fitness and wellbeing of local residents.

Residents can now enjoy newly upgraded gym changing and shower facilities. Works dedicated to a new ‘health spa’ are currently underway, which will feature a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy room and a special relaxation area.

The exciting addition follows previous upgrades to the site’s existing fitness suite and complements Grand Central’s 50m swimming pool.

With new slides and a children’s fun pool also set to open by the summer, Grand Central is living up to its name in terms of the level of facilities on offer.

The funding programme from Stockport Council has also seen Grand Central introduce a series of building and facility management improvements to further enhance operations for years to come.

Stockport Council and Life Leisure are also offering 2 hours free car parking at the NCP Stockport Exchange car park for all Grand Central users.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Council has made a priority to invest in the improvement of Life Leisure sites, so residents can have access to affordable and modernised leisure facilities, with the benefit of having free parking. Grand Central is the most well-used leisure complex in Stockport and I’m sure it will continue to be for years to come thanks to the Council’s continued investment.”

Malcolm McPhail, CEO of Life Leisure, said: “We’ve worked really closely with existing members, the Council and the general public to understand what changes and improvements would make a difference to people’s lives. That’s why, as well as introducing aspects such as the new changing facilities and health spa, we’ve looked at practical measures such as free parking which became possible with Stockport Council.”

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Stockport Succesful In Town Centre Living Grant Bid

Stockport Council has won three major bids from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to kick start a new era of town centre living and make the centre an even more desirable place to live, work and play. 

The £8.5m grant, which has been won against stiff national competition, will help unlock key brownfield housing sites in Stockport’s town centre. This will open up and enhance previously underused areas of the town and the river Mersey, creating new green spaces, bringing iconic historic buildings back into use, catalysing further development and drawing in new investment.

Subject to further feasibility, the grant will be used to overcome the barriers of infrastructure costs and poor land conditions for Stockport’s new Interchange, the Weir Mill complex and Hopes Carr (Hempshaw Brook), bringing more than 500 new homes which will enhance the town centre and strength the local economy. These developments will be high specification, well connected to public transport and with all the town centre amenities on the doorstep.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I am delighted that the Council’s bid was successful. This grant, which is very much welcomed, will allow the Council to invest in the infrastructure needed to unlock sites for housing development in Stockport town centre. Stockport needs as much good quality housing in sustainable locations as possible.  Such developments not only provide new homes but add to the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.”

The HIF is a £5bn government capital grant programme to invest in council-led projects for the potential building of new homes in areas with the greatest housing demand. This grant will fund key local infrastructure projects such as new roads, flood defences, green infrastructure and land remediation work. 

 

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