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Area Committee News – Updated 21 November 2017


The Area Committee met on Wednesday 8 November 2017 and the webcast of that meeting is available to view using the related links.


Notably the Area Committee considered the results of a consultation on the proposed name change for Marple Area Committee and recommended that the name of the Area Committee should remain. A final decision will be made at the Council Meeting on 30 November 2017. The Committee also heard about changes to the Council’s Public Realm Services who deal with environmental, greenspace and enforcement related matters. If you wish to report any concerns or request the public realm service to investigate any matters call: 0161 217 6111

The Committee also heard that Marple Bridge Association since achieving the installation of life-saving defibrillators in Marple Bridge and Compstall, were now working with Marple Civic Society to install one on the Town Centre. The Committee welcomed the fact that Marple Civic Society had pledged £200 towards the up-front costs and undertaken to pay the £126 annual running costs and Councillors decided to make a grant of £1000.00 towards the project.

The project only requires a further £650. If you would like to make a contribution further details can be found on the website

Public Realm:  


Contractors working on behalf of United Utilities are currently undertaking works to repair a leaking main on Town Street, Marple Bridge, at the junction of Hollins Lane. These works require the use of temporary traffic signals and are expected to be completed on 6th November.






Strines Road


Contractors working on behalf of United Utilities will be undertaking works to clean and survey sewers on Strines Road, Strines, between the junctions of Station Road and Plucksbridge Road. These works are scheduled to take place from 21st November to 23rd November and will require the use of temporary traffic signals between the hours of 9am and 3pm only.

Strines Road


Contractors working on behalf of United Utilities are carrying out repairs to the sewer in order to prevent foul flooding on Strines Road, opposite the junction with Kinder Drive.  These works require the use of multi-way signals and are expected to be completed by 20/11/2017.

Church Lane,



Contractors working on behalf of United Utilities are carrying out emergency repairs on Church Lane, Marple due to foul flooding. The works require Church Lane being closed to the side of All Saints Church of England School (near Waterside). A diversion is in place via: Hibbert Lane, Upper Hibbert Lane, Hawk Green Road and Ridge Road. The duration is expected to be up to one week.

Stockport Road



Repairs to hole opposite Weatherly Drive. The excavation is under United Utilities ownership but is situated within a zone of influence to the high pressure gas main that crosses Stockport Road at this location. UU contractors have arranged a meeting with National Grid Gas for Wednesday 2 November when they expect to be given permission to undertake excavations under supervision.




Petition Update: At the September meeting of the Area Committee a petition was submitted concerning the state of the Backwater in Etherow Country Park. A response from the Greenspace Manager can be viewed in the Archive.


If you would like to be included on the email alert distribution list for updates on the Area Committee and on issues affecting Marple and surrounding villages email the Committee Manager : and he will add you to the list.



Marple Area Committee


About the Area Committee

The Marple Area Committee represents the wards of Marple North and Marple South & High Lane.


Public Questions

At area committees members of the public have the opportunity to ask questions about any matters within the Area Committee’s powers (except on legal or confidential matters). You can submit a question and view the Code of Practice using the online question form.


You can view an archive of previously asked question and answers on the democracy webpage.


Ward Funding

The Council has delegated £3000 to each ward to allow Community Groups and other non-commercial organisations to apply for contributions toward funding for projects within the community.


The fund is administered by the Democratic Services Manager in consultation with the Ward Councillors.  A copy of the application form and associated guidance is available on our Ward Funding page.


Planning Matters
Area Committee have powers to deal with certain types of planning applications, and Councillors have the power to call up applications that are ordinarily dealt with by planning officers, to be considered and determined by the Area Committee.


Members of the public also have the opportunity to address the Committee during consideration of a planning application for a total of 3 minutes. One person will be permitted to address the Area Committee for 3 minutes in objection to the application and one person for 3 minutes in support of the application.


If you wish to speak on a planning application it is advisable that you arrive 5 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting in order to inform the Democratic Services Officer.


Open Forum

In addition, the Area Committee operates Open Forum arrangements which allow groups to make presentations to the Committee on issues that affect the local community.  The Open Forum is governed by the Code of Practice.


Greater Manchester Police


Inspector Tony Stiles is now responsible for Marple, High Lane, Bredbury and Romiley. Under the new Local Policing Restructure his dedicated Local Policing Team will focus on protecting vulnerable people, reduce crime and reduce anti-social behavior. They are integrated into the community initially based at Bredbury and after refurbishment Marple, providing a 24 hour service. The team works closely with partners to find the most efficient and effective ways to solve any given problem. Information from the public is vital to successful policing and anyone who has any information that may assist in investigations should contact the team on 0161 856 9773, Non-Emergency Line, 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Please support the team by making officers aware of crime or issues in your area.