Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The anger rises over Marple College sell off
There are, however, more questions than answers arising out of all this and people aren't happy at all.
Here are a few to start with.
Why was the MP Andrew Stunell not at the meeting tonight?
When did councillors first learn of this plan for the college to sell off land?
On what basis has "market research" of Marple residents' shopping habits been used to substantiate a business case for a retail development on the site?
What economic impact surveys have been done regarding a retail development on this site?
What conversations have the college held with housebuilders over development of the land for housing and what value has the land for residential development?
What discussions have they held with the local council, or potential partners, over the possibility of leisure developments on the site, including the closure of Marple baths and new sports facilities?
If the plan for retail is against council policy, why has it taken until now for elected officials to RESPOND to questions, let alone make public statements on the issue?
What would change the council's policy on the use of this site? If medium or large retail would be refused, what is small? And what trust can anyone in Stockport have over Tesco's interpretation of this, given their Portwood store is 15 per cent bigger than they had permission for?
And just a thought, which of the Marple councillors are up for election next year? And which of them have served as governors of the college in the recent past? Which of them were privy to meetings at which the land sale was discussed?