A petition against moving Stockport’s historic market has gained more than 7,000 signatures — its organiser, Caryl Hughes, joins Simon and Jane to explain why she feels so passionately about the market. Plus rapper Professor Green visited the Wellspring for a BBC3 documentary about homelessness — we hear from support worker Kirstie Wood. And aviation expert and author Steve Morrin joins us to pay tribute to one of the heroes of the Stockport Air Disaster, Brian Donohoe, who died last week aged 82.
Simon and Jane visit the Wellspring, which provides support to homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport. Plus a petition to get a ticket machine installed at Gatley station, and the News Review features dodgy parking, miserable Christmas trees and Storm Desmond.
As Stockport Council prepares to make more than £21m worth of savings in the next financial year — the biggest cut in a single year in history — Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Iain Roberts explains some of the proposals. Plus we continue our party conference coverage — this week it’s the turn of the Conservatives and Cllr Syd Lloyd — and Jonathan Billings from The Wellspring on news that homelessness in Stockport increased almost threefold last year. Also, Jane looks at proposed changes to business rates.
Chief Executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Ann Barnes, speaks exclusively to Stockport Focus. In a wide ranging interview Ann covers the crisis in A&E, Devo Manc, upcoming reforms to the NHS in Greater Manchester and much more. Plus a special report on homelessness in Stockport, with Tom who was left homeless after the guest house he was staying in closed down, Stockport Homes and Brendan Cojeen from local charity The Wellspring. The politicians are out in force ahead of the General Election – Todd Fitzgerald from the MEN analyses the week’s political action, Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander gets a grilling on a visit to Bredbury, as does Mayor of London Boris Johnson in Marple. And hear from the man waging war on parking fines: former Mayor of Stockport and retired solicitor, Eric Pyle.
In the latest in our Stockipedia series, Duncan Boswell looks at the work of the Wellspring.