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Bus regulation in Manchester – new from TfGM

by Geoff Abell on 27 April, 2017

New law could ring changes for buses in Greater Manchester Transport leaders in Greater Manchester have welcomed Royal Assent of the Bus Services Bill, new legislation which will allow the elected Mayor of Greater Manchester to make significant changes to the way bus services are managed. The Bus Services Act, which has received Royal Assent […]

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Opposition

by Geoff Abell on 27 April, 2017

Photo copyright: Independent newspaper Mrs May has called an election. Why? Principally because her view (in this case on Brexit), she thinks, is the only game in town. Really because the opposition are…. opposing her. She may well find that other subjects and other opinions are equally important.  E.g. funding of the NHS, not controlling […]

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An election is called

by Geoff Abell on 24 April, 2017

This election will be on many things, but this will be most definitely one of them. (This is a recent article in the London Evening Standard by Nick Clegg)   Theresa May is naive to think a clear Tory win is the answer to Brexit The PM should beware taking voters for granted, and will […]

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Marple Skateboard Park opens in the Memorial Park

by Geoff Abell on 11 April, 2017

Well done to the people with inspiration and money raisers: SMBC, Life Leisure, and of course the people of Marple and the Friends of the Park.  This last sunny weekend saw children of all ages using this brand new facility in the sun!

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Easter roadworks

by Geoff Abell on 11 April, 2017

Winnington Road resurfaced With the little bits of spare money at the end of Marple North’s Highway Improvement Programme funding, and requests from your councillors, bad parts of Winnington Road, Bradshaw Crescent, and Constable Drive have been resurfaced recently.  And the last, worse part of Longhurst was done too. We also got a small seat […]

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Driverless car project comes to Stockport next year

by Geoff Abell on 11 April, 2017

Self-driving cars to take to Greater Manchester streets with £5million research win A convoy of self-driving cars is set to head on to the highways of Greater Manchester early next year as part of a trail-blazing, £5million research project investigating the future of road transport. Testing of a Westfield sports car, one of the proposed […]

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Brabyns Hall and the history of Brabyns Park

by Geoff Abell on 11 April, 2017

Information from the Friends of Brabyns “Brabyns.  Who were the owners?  How was it given to the public?  What happened to the hall?  What’s the connection with St Martin’s Church?  And what’s the story behind the wonderful iron bridge? “Local historian Judith Wilshaw is giving a free talk on the history of this beautiful country […]

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A sad day for all of Europe

by Geoff Abell on 29 March, 2017

So today, UK’s PM Theresa May has invoked Lisbon article 50. Having been through democratic, legal and parliamentary hoops, is this the right thing to do? Yes Does it need to be ‘hard’? No Is this the best for the UK (or even the EU)? No Is it irreversible? No   The EU is unique: […]

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Marple Orchard

by Geoff Abell on 27 March, 2017

In glorious sunshine on Saturday, the Incredible Edible Marple Orchard was planted. The mayor and mayoress, Chris and Margaret Gordon, attended Some local residents did have reservations, but there were consultation and legal-checking exercises.  When the tree bear fruit, the apples, pears, cherries, plums and nuts will be for all.  Cllr Allan gets dirty helping […]

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Yesterday, the Article 50 bill was given Royal Assent – meaning Theresa May is now clear to trigger Article 50 and begin the Brexit negotiations. This follows votes in Parliament earlier this week where MPs and Lords voted for the final time on the Article 50 bill. In those votes, our top priority was to […]

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