December 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to our latest update on the progress with our Neighbourhood Plan.
Our application for “designation” has now got through the initial stage and should be in front of the local Area Committee for approval this month. Assuming it passes this, we then expect it to be at the Stockport Council meeting of 17thJanuary. We hope designation is, at that stage a formality.
So at that point we’ll need to arrange an AGM to formally elect our Management Committee (up to 16 of us!) and get us going. We’d also hope to get an application for grant funding sent in to the Government department responsible. This would allow us to pay for all the minor things like room hire, communications to residents, maybe a letterbox drop as well as setting up a proper web page and commissioning studies to help our plan.
We know from contact with other plans this is the start of quite a long process, but it should be enjoyable, interesting and ultimately a good thing for our communities.
The steering group is quite small, and the active members are just a few of us. We’ll need lots of help when we get started. There is room for those who can’t commit much time but maybe want to do things from home, or just help occasionally when time permits. There’s also scope for those with a keen enthusiasm in particular areas, whether that’s one of our Topic Groups who’ll write the plan, or on the Management Committee. Here we need skills in areas such as communications, IT, marketing, Town Planning, archives and record keeping, secretarial, legal and so on. All offers of help are welcome and nothing is too much or too little. The main requirement is to be committed to the idea of a Neighbourhood Plan and to want to help us achieve this.
Publicity and engagement
We think we’ve done quite a lot of this as a steering group with no funds! However, we are hearing from people who haven’t come across us until now. Please do chat to your friends and neighbours about what we’re doing. We can send our brochure electronically to anyone who asks. To those newly affiliated organisations (of which we have more than 20) please help us by circulating this newsletter to your members. That’s a huge help towards spreading the communication further in the area of the Plan.
For those in the Marple Bridge area, you should have seen us in the brochure for Winter Wonderland and one of our team was on hand at the event, talking to interested people.
Meanwhile if you need to get in touch you can contact us on
or look at our facebook page at MMMC Neighbourhood Plan