Committee details

Marple Area Committee

Purpose of committee

Area Committee News – Updated 20th March 2018


The Area Committee met on the 7th March 2018 for what was a very busy agenda. They granted funding to the Friends of Marple Memorial Park to support the WWI project in the park, made a contribution to the Marple Bridge Association to support their plans to buy a stage and to Strines Recreation Ground who are carrying out a project to refurbish the pavilion.


There was a long debate on proposed traffic calming measures on Hibbert Lane and Councillors asked that Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing request officers to investigate possible alternative and consult with the Area Committee at a future meeting.


Councillors also heard from Karen Barnes, the Public Realm Inspector who reported on a number of issues affecting Marple and the surrounding villages. Karen reported that Due to the excessive wintery conditions on the Great British Spring Clean many events around the Borough were postponed. As the weather affected the country as a whole, Keep Britain Tidy have changed the event timescale to the end of March 2018. She asked that members of the public contact the District Standards Team for more information:  or alternatively the Keep Britain Tidy website:


If anyone wishes to contact Karen about any environmental issues or concerns she can be reached through the District Standards email address. She is keen to hear from any community groups or individuals who volunteer to make Marple a safe, clean and attractive place to live and to identify if there is any way she can support your group.

Marple Area Committee recently made a grant to support the Marple Festival of Sport 2018 which is an opportunity for the Marple community to get an understanding of what is on offer in the area. Sports clubs will have the chance to promote themselves throughout the 9 day festival between the 14th and 22nd April 2018. For further


Public Realm:  


An archive of public realm reports can be viewed in the archive.






Windlehurst Road







Please be advised that contractors working on behalf of SMBC will be undertaking root cutting of the trees and CCTV surveys of the Culvert on Windlehurst Road, High Lane north to the junction of Andrew Lane.  These works are scheduled to be completed on 12th April and will require the use of temporary signals which will be in use between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm.



Lower Fold


Contractors working on behalf of United Utilities will be replacing a manhole frame and cover in the carriageway on Lower Fold, Marple Bridge at the junction with Town Street.  These works will take place between the hours of 19:00 and 22:00 on Wednesday 14th March and will require the use of temporary traffic signals.


Strines Road


Contractors working on behalf of United Utilities will be undertaking works to replace a manhole frame and cover on Strines Road, Strines, between the junctions of Station Road and Plucksbridge Road. These works are scheduled to take place on 13th March and will require the use of temporary traffic signals between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30 only.


Upper Hibbert Lane


Contractors working on behalf of the Council will be erecting a new lighting column on Upper Hibbert Lane, Marple between the junctions of Ecclesbridge Road and Goyt Avenue.  These works are scheduled to take place on 28th March and will require the use of temporary traffic signals; the signals will be in use between the hours of 9.30 & 2.30 only.





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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.


Contact information

Support officer: Stephen Fox. (0161 474 3206)

Postal address:
Democratic Services
Town Hall

Phone: 0161 474 3216


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