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Stockport interchange – Osborne lined up for first phase of £42m Investment

Osborne is in line to deliver the first phase of a major overhaul of Stockport bus interchange.

The contractor has been lined up to build a new bridge over the River Mersey at Astley Street to provide bus access to the interchange, which will replace the town’s existing bus station between Stockport’s rail viaduct and the A6. Stockport Council has procured the new bridge as an advanced works package, ahead of a wider redevelopment of the interchange and the surrounding area, which is expected to cost £42m.

In August the council chose WSP to conduct a feasibility study for the project and to outline potential development opportunities around the interchange area. WSP is working alongside architect BDP to provide services including building services, environmental consultancy, structural engineering, and town planning.

Potential uses for the land surrounding the interchange include residential, with an 150-home block mooted as part of the plans.

Read the full article here…

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The Stockport revolution: How £1bn is being spent in a bid to create a town that people can be really proud of!

As you have more than likely seen, there is a large amount of development currently happening in SK1 – Stockport Exchange is ready for its next phase, The Redrock Leisure complex is plactically finished, and there have been substantial road works recently and still ongoing. This, however, is just the start!

The full article, which can be found here, provides you with a thorough update on Stockport Councils plans for the next couple of years and how their £1bn investment shall be spent on improving the Town Centre, on projects from Stockport Bus Station to the much anticipated Covent Garden Housing Scheme.

It makes for a very interesting read…

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The CityLife Awards 2018 shortlists – how to vote for your Manchester winners

You can now vote for your winners of the CityLife Awards 2018.

The annual awards celebrate the best of the city’s diverse cultural mix in catogries ranging from ‘Best Restaurant’ to ‘Best Arts exhibition or event’ – and all the winners will be decided by the public.

Stockport has had some great results in recent years and I am delighted to see two fabulous restaurants, ‘Where the Light Gets In’ and ‘The Allotment’, listed within the top 5 nominies for Manchester’s best restaurant!

You can see all of the nominies and cast your votes here…


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Stockport Council has published its brownfield register as part of its efforts to create new housing opportunities

Stockport Council has published its brownfield register as part of its efforts to maximise the use, or previously developed and underused, land for new housing.

In line with national regulations, the brownfield register sets out what land is available now for potential housing use.

The content of the register is carefully prescribed by regulation, so it doesn’t provide the full picture of all housing opportunities within the urban area.

In March 2017, the Council endorsed an eight-point plan to promote the development of brownfield land. Measures include applying for external funding, direct intervention in some locations, reviewing policy and working collaboratively with key land owners.

Councillor Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “The publication of this register represents just one part of a wider effort to bring brownfield sites back into effective use across the borough. Alongside ensuring everyone has access to a decent home, we are eager to ensure proper use is made of derelict land and empty buildings. If we use the existing land resource effectively then we can minimise the use of open areas and greenfield land to meet future housing needs.”

For more information visit www.stockport.gov.uk/brownfield


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Some Guys Have All The Luck – The Rod Stewart Story

Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar!

Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail – from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time.

Date: Thursday 25 January 2018 19:30 – 22:30

Price: £21.50

Location: The Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP

The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, and Tonight’s The Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin’ The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soul book.

Book your tickets here

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Bee Messy – Kimberley Street day centre

All children love bee-ing messy so come along to this exciting 50 minute session and get hands on with lots of messy fun and a variety of activities on offer. Suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 2 and a half years. It is also an opportunity for parents, carers and children to meet new people and have a chat.

If your child has allergies, is outside the recommended age bracket or needs any specific requirements, we welcome everybody with open arms, so do get in touch.

Discounts for nannies, childminders, groups or siblings.

Date/Time: Monday 22nd January, 9.30am till 10.20am

Price: £6 persession or £25 for a block of 5

Location: Kimberley Street Day Centre, Kimberley Street, Stockport, SK3 8EB

Please email beemessy@yahoo.com or text 07583 888040 to book a place. Further information can be found here!

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Covent Garden Archaeology Open Day

Salford Archaeology will be hosting an Archaeology Open Day on Thursday 11th January between 12 noon and 2pm at Covent Garden (off Lower Hillgate), Stockport.

The Open Day will give residents the opportunity to see the ongoing archaeological works at Covent Garden, including former housing along Crowther Steps, Crowther Mill (a late 18th century silk mill) and the former Stockport Sunday School. Built in 1805 and demolished in 1971, the Sunday School was said to be the largest Sunday School in the world.

Salford Archaeology will have staff available around the site and will have information boards.

The Covent Garden area is set to be re-developed, bringing new homes in to Stockport town centre.

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First glimpse of the next phase of Stockport Exchange

A first glimpse of the next phase of Stockport Exchange has been revealed by Stockport Council and Muse Developments.

Building on the phenomenal success that Stockport Exchange has already achieved, the stunning new 60,000 sq ft office will be developed next to the recently completed One Stockport Exchange office.

The new six-storey Grade A office building at the award-winning business district is expected to create a further 350 jobs in the town centre. That’s over and above the 300 that have already been created by phase two… read the full article here

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