Here are items of current news affecting Cheadle Hulme. For daily news, please see our feeds from the BBC and Stockport Express on the home page.
£1m for cycling in StockportCyclists in Stockport will benefit from funding of £1.15 million to improve safety along the busy A34 Kingsway and in Cheadle village centre.
Asda Cheadle Hulme Opening dateIt has now been confirmed that the Cheadle Hulme Asda will open in the Precinct on Monday 12th November 2012.
Cheadle Hulme Partnership
Stockport Council are trying to save around £24m over the next two years and have proposed that the district and local centres service provided by the Council ends.
The proposal is that a town centre manager and senior project officer for the town centre would remain, but there wouldn't be staff to support the district and local centres.
Cashless parking for Council car parks
Motorists using Stockport Council car parks can now usa a "cashless" system instead of pay and display.
RingGo allows people to pay for parking on their mobile using credit or debit cards. This applies to all Council charged car parks and on-street pay and display bays.
Simply follow the instructions on the signs in car parks. You can register in advance through the smartphone app or online at www.myringgo.co.uk
Users can also top up their parking without returning to their car and can be sent a reminder text message.
For Cheadle Hulme, this applies to Mellor Road and Station Approach.
Cheadle Hulme shop parking and security
Parking in the Precinct will now be free for up to 3 hours from 28th September 2012. The payment machine has now been removed.
The existing CCTV system is also being replaced with a more up-to-date system.
Asda Cheadle Hulme Opening NovemberThe lastest news on Asda's new shop in Cheadle Hulme is that it will open in November. We'll give the precise date once it is known.
ASDA comes to town
The Somerfield store in Cheadle Hulme precinct is being taken over by ASDA (owned by Walmart).
The new store will also take over M&Co (MacKays) to extend across most of the rear. The clothing store have been offered alternative units but it's not yet known if they will take them up.
The Council are looking to licence street cafes to give Cheadle Hulme a more continental feel.
This will involve segregated areas outside cafes/shops and will be subject to Highways approval.
Power Cut 9th January 2012
A big part of Cheadle Hulme was blacked out this morning by two separate power cuts. First, the power went out around 7.00am but was restored shortly afterwards only to go off almost immediately for much longer.
The whole Ramillies Estate was affected along with Station Road all the way down to the station and up to the roundabout by the war memorial. Street lights were off and shops open at that time were on emergency lighting but not able to sell anything or close the security shutters.
The schools on Ramillies were also affected with power being needed to open security shutters and flush toilets etc.
Power was eventually restored around 8.30am to most homes and stayed on thereafter. Electricity North West are launching an inevestigation to pinpoint the exact cause and location of the fault.
Mellor Green Orchard
The area a the top of Mellor Road, leading to Swann Lane is being turned into a Community Orchard with crab apple, pear and damson trees amongst others.
You can see a full plan of Mellor Green orchard by clicking this link. Planting will take place at teh end of December/start of January.
Cheadle Hulme Station Revamp Meeting
On Friday 29th October 7:00pm, there will be a meeting about the Cheadle Hulme Station refurbishment
The meeting is at the All Saints Parish Rooms, Church Road, Cheadle Hulme
It is organised by the Rail Users Group, who kindly extended the invitation to Partnership members, to meet with Network Rail representatives as the work on the station is due to start on 25th October.
Election Hustings 2010
The four constituency parliamentary candidates will speak and answer questions at a meeting at The Methodist Church (Ramillies Avenue) on Thursday 29th April, at 7:30pm
All are welcome. Please send written questions to the church office or via firstname.lastname@example.org
The candidates are:
Mark Hunter (Lib/Dem)
Ben Jeffreys (Con)
Martin Miller (Lab)
Tony Moore UKIP)
At last, Network Rail are getting around to the station revamp with lift access to the platforms. Work is estimated to start in Autum 2010 with completion in early 2011.
You can view their press release and the detailed plans on the site. The pdf has been sent to us in portrait mode - right click to get the option to rotate it.
Unfortunately the plan is for lift access from the station car park which means anyone in a wheelchair or with a pram probably can't make it to the car park in the first place if on foot.
A street level lift should be possible by Pimlotts butchers up to platform 1 from street level. This is probaly more expensive too so hasn't been the proposal.
A planning application has been made by the Stockport Sports Trust to use the ground floor of Andrew House on Mellor road as a wellness centre.
ArrestsA number of arrests have been made in Cheadle Hulme in a special operation to combat burglary.
33 Swan Lane fire
There was a fire on 27th July at the house by Buttercup Bridge, on the path between the Mellor Road, Station Road and Swan Lane.
It was purchased around 3 years ago and an application made to demolish it to develop a new house/houses. As it is in the conservation area, this and subsequent applications have been rejected and the owner tried to let the house fall into disrepair.
The owner ( a developer) recently failed in a public enquiry bit to overturn the Council's view that the house should be restored rather than demolished.
A Section 215 notice was served requirnig proper maintenance of the property. The owner had until 25th March 2009 to comply.
March 2008 ongoing
Railway Station Development
There's still no news about the proposed station upgrade, though the station has had a lick of paint again in August 2009
Cheadle Hulme station is to undergo some major work to allow access for the disabled and for anyone wheeling a pram. The latest update from Network Rail is that work "should start" in 2009 and will last up to 18 months!
The work will involve a bridge spanning all 4 platforms which will link the car park/platform 4 to platforms 2 and 3 and platform 1. Each platform will have its own lift.
The description from Northen Rail, who own the station indicated that access would be from the Car Park which leaves the problem of getting up there for those without cars. The draft plan however seems to show that the lift on platform 1 is behind the stairs so it may go to street level by Pimlotts. There ticket office will stay where it is for now, though this will be reviewed and it may be moved to a more accessible location in future.
You can see a copy of the plan by clicking here. Please note that these are an initial draft and are subject to change.
From engineering works in the recent past, work is likely to be carried out to cause least disruption to the line. This has previously meant late night working and no rail service at weekends. The contractors will also take over a large part of the Car Park meaning that yet more traffic will be displaced and may well head for the Estate. While this is a short term inconvenience for a long term benefit, 18 months of parking problems would not be insignificant and could be avoided if adequate planning is carried out in advance.
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