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Webb Lane, vacancy

Webb lane allotments have a plot vacant, if you are interested, please contact.

 johnhynd.sr@hotmail.com

 

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Stockport Local – the place to look for community groups and services in Stockport

Thanks to the involvement of hundreds of local groups, Stockport Council have launched ‘Stockport Local’, an online directory of community groups and services on their website. It’s the answer to a problem that has long faced both Stockport communities and residents – the need for a single source of information on groups and activities across the whole of Stockport.

“Stockport Council is committed to finding new digital ways to engage and work with communities.” says Councillor David Sedgwick, Cabinet Member for Reform and Governance at Stockport Council. He adds: “We see Stockport Local as vitally important to connect people and places and help to reduce loneliness and isolation, particularly among older and more vulnerable people.”

Whether you’re looking for something specific or are open to suggestions, or if you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer and become more involved with your local community, Stockport Local is really easy to search with four main search options:

  • Search everything
  • Find help and support
  • What’s near me?
  • Find where to volunteer

For those who know exactly the type of group they are looking for there is also a list of group categories which vary from arts to adventure, fitness to theatre. And all the results can be filtered to display the groups closest to where you live or work.

Stockport Local is growing all the time and new groups are welcomed. The Council is encouraging any community groups that aren’t yet listed to use the ‘Add your group or service’ button and add themselves for free.

For more information, visit www.stockport.gov.uk/stockportlocal

Stockport Local is part of a circle of support the Council is building around Stockport’s communities, alongside a community investment fund to stimulate social action, workforce and peer support networks to help people contribute to their community and access to resources, time and spaces so people can engage in social activities.

Allotments Stockport recommend that all our member allotment associations register on the site.

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STOCKPORT TALKING NEWSPAPER

Allotments Stockport have been approached by Stockport talking newspaper about the possibility of recording an article on allotments and plot holders. Many of their listeners have mentioned that gardening played a big part in their lives and how they miss seeing plants.

Do any of our members think they would like to take part in this project, it entails recording a short piece at a studio in Stockport. If you would like to take part,please contact me. iangardiner@sky.com

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Allotments Stockport Treasurer

Our treasurer Bee Gallacher has stepped down due to other commitments, we would like to thank Bee for her work on our behalf. Ruth Lomax has agreed to take over the duties of treasurer, this will be confirmed at the next committee meeting

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STOCKPORT LOCAL PLAN

SMBC are reviewing their Local Plan, which is now available for consultation and comment from the Public.

Details of the Plan can be found on Stockport’s website under www.stockport.gov.uk/localplan

Allotments are specifically mentioned in section 4 “Health, Culture & Communities” paras 4.16 & 4.17.

The council concede there is an insufficient supply of allotments in Stockport, but suggest that new provision can be made by either splitting existing plots or providing new sites.

The former solution has, on many sites, already run its course and extra provision of plots by reducing the standard size of plots is no longer an option – it needs to be made clear to the Council that this is not a solution for the future.

The latter solution was identified during the recent study of allotments by KKP and is supported by the NAS who have devised a formula for the area of land to be set aside for allotments proportionate to the number of new dwellings being built.

KKP’s report can be found appended to the Community & Housing Scrutiny’s minutes :

:http://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/documents/g25861/Public%20reports%20pack%2031st-Jul-2017%2018.00%20Communities%20Housing%20Scrutiny%20Committee.pdf?T=10

 

This document provides the background evidence to the Local Plan and can be found on the above site. Members are recommended to read this document if they have not already done so.

We must underline the need for that required provision of extra allotment land to be met in future planning policy and, if possible, get NAS to comment on the Stockport Local Plan to that effect.

Additionally, individual sites need to be on the ”look out” for any “calls for sites” which suggest that their sites are being earmarked for development, or for any other developments nearby that might impinge upon them.

We also need to look out for neighbouring medium/ large scale housing developments that warrant a further provision of allotment land in their area commensurate with the number of dwellings being proposed.

 

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ALLOTMENTS STOCKPORT MEETING

There is an Allotments Stockport meeting on Tuesday 12th September. The venue is Walthew House,SK2 6QS, Meeting starts at 7 pm, Everyone is welcome to attend

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