As our series of interviews with the main local party leaders continues ahead of the council elections, Stockport Conservative group leader Cllr Syd Lloyd is in the Stockport Reports hotseat this week.
Stockport residents face a 3.75% increase to their council tax this year — we hear from Leader of the Council Cllr Sue Derbyshire and Conservative group leader Cllr Syd Lloyd. Plus hero teenager Charlie Ainsworth from Romiley talks about saving his elderly neighbour — and his cat — from a house fire. And is it ever acceptable to ask someone to leave a shop because their child’s throwing a tantrum?
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.
Wayne Jones, Chairman of Governors at Stockport Technical School, tells Simon why the “ground breaking” free school is being forced to close after just two years. Plus former first team coach Dan Millen on the demise of Stockport Sports. Also, Bramhall South & Woodford councillor Paul Bellis on his defection to UKIP — and a response from local Conservative leader Cllr Syd Lloyd.
Leader of the Conservative group on Stockport Council, Cllr Syd Lloyd, tells Stockport Focus it will be a “miracle” if UKIP defector Cllr Paul Bellis retains his seat in the May elections.