Friday, 19 May 2017

Speaker Meeting 23rd May 2017

The society's next speaker meeting will take place from 4-00pm - 5-00pm next Tuesday 23rd May 2017 in Marple Library - there is a lift available.

Please join us at 3-40pm for refreshments.

Our speaker theme for this year is young people involved in the community.

Following on from our last speaker, Ben Murray of Civic Voice, we have Cllr. Tom Dowse who will speak about how and why he became involved in local politics.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes 25th April 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes for 25th April 2017 can be viewed HERE

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Marple Area Committee Meeting 12th April 2017

A report on the Marple Area Committee Meeting that took place on the 12th April 2017 can be viewed HERE

The meeting was webcast over the internet as will future MAC meetings.  This means that future meetings can be viewed live as they happen.  Following transmission webcasts are archived in the council's webcast library for viewing at a later date.
Follow the link below to view live webcasts and click on "library" to viewe archived webcasts.

Future Marple Area Committee Dates:

14th June 2017 (re-arranged from 7th June)
12th July 2017
9th August 2017
27th September 2017
8th November 2017
13th December 2017
31st January 2018
7th March 2018
18th April 2018

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Marple Neighbourhood Forum News: April 2017

Marple Neighbourhood Forum April 2017 News can be viewed HERE.

The Forum have planned a series of meetings to meet and obtain feedback from residents.  Future meetings include:

Saturday 6th May from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m - Temporary stall in Market Street to meet people face to face and discuss their views.   
Saturday 20th May at 10.00am - Open meeting at the United Reformed Church on Hibbert Lane.  Everyone welcome.  
The first Thursday of every month, starting at 5.00pm - Management Committee Meetings where questions can be put to the Forum members.

Further information can be found on the Forum website HERE

Sunday, 2 April 2017

AGM and Speaker Meeting March 2017

The society's 55th AGM took place on Tuesday 28th March 2017 in Marple Library.

Chairman Gillian Postill reported a busy year for the society and referred attendees to the Trustee's report for a summary of the society's activity throughout the year.

Chairman, President and Treasurer of Marple Civic Society
Her report focused on two key issues: Marple Wharf and the Town Centre. A planning application is imminent for the former and there are problems with the latter of lack of information and engagement by the council regarding the town centre, despite having a Neighbourhood Plan Forum in place. She concluded her report by thanking committee members and non committee members for all their hard work over the last twelve months in keeping the show on the road and achieving so much with so little!

Treasurer, Gordon Johnson, made the accounts available at the meeting. He explained that the civic society had banked for the Neighbourhood Plan Forum until they had set up as a constituted body and were in a position to open an account for themselves. The 'Reserved' column showed a number of items received on behalf of the Neighbourhood Forum during this period and then the transfer of monies to the Neighbourhood Forum and a refund of unused Locality grant. Accounts show £2,500 available for the year ahead. The treasurer thanked Mr Chourbaji for examining and agreeing the accounts this year and for agreeing to continue this role for the next year. 

The election of officers and committee members was followed by an excellent presentation by Ben Murray, from Civic Voice. 

It is the fourth year that we have had a Civic Voice member or officer to talk at our AGM and Ben, just 23 years old, was well placed to talk about engaging youger people in civic work. A thoughtful and interesting debate followed with many questions from the floor. We thanked Ben for coming to Marple to talk at our AGM with his colleague Amber-Louise Palmer. The meeting closed at 5.00pm 

Ben Murray from Civic Voice -
the national Civic Movement for England

Minutes of the meeting can be found HERE

The society's accounts for the year ending 31st December 2016 can be viewed HERE

For a summary of the society's work see the trustees report HERE

The chairman's report can be viewed HERE

More photos HERE

All photos Arthur Procter

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Save Manchester's Greenbelt Rally 1st April 2017

Save Manchester's Greenbelt is holding a rally next Saturday 1st April in Albert Square Manchester to protest at plans by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to build thousands of houses on Greenbelt across Greater Manchester.

Save Manchester's Greenbelt is an umbrella association representing of the "Save the Greenbelt" groups across Greater Manchester.  The organisation supports affordable housing on Brownfield sites and seeks to protect all Greenbelt for future generations.

A highly successful march organised by "Save Stockport's Greenbelt" and comprising of approximately 1000 High Lane, Woodford and Cheadle residents met in front of Stockport Town Hall in December 2016, during the first consultation, showed Stockport council the strength of 
feeling amongst residents. 

The second consultation on a revised plan will begin in August.  Councillors and officers need to know that only very significant changes to the proposal will be acceptable. 

The rally on Saturday will be supported by residents from all ten boroughs comprising the GMCA.  It will be supported by the Council for the Protection of Rural England who will provide a speaker on the day.

The rally will take place at 1-00pm in Albert Square outside the Manchester Town Hall.  If you care about your Greenbelt spare a couple of hours of your time to show how much you care.

N.B. Marple Civic Society made a detailed response to the first consultation - see HERE