Some of you may have spotted that Stockport was recently named one of the ‘Best Places to Live in the UK’ by The Sunday Times.
The Times have been running this list for a number of years now. Judges visit all over the United Kingdom and look at things like access to green spaces, high streets, housing, schools and transport before drawing up the winners.
Stockport’s inclusion in the list speaks to some incredible improvements that have been made over the last decade in the area. A wide-ranging regeneration scheme, the brainchild of the previous Labour administration, has made a huge difference to transport, housing and more.
Take Viaduct Housing as a prime example. This partnership was formed with the help of the late and dearly-missed Cllr Sheila Bailey, and has meant the creation of more that 1,500 affordable homes in the Borough.
Local councillors also helped pioneer the One Stockport plan, which set out a vision for what Stockport could look like by 2030 with investment and ambition. By the time the previous Labour administration left Office, over £1bn had been secured for town centre regeneration.
This tireless work is now starting to bear fruit, something that is evidenced by Stockport continuing to make a name for itself on the national stage. I’m exceptionally proud of what has been achieved locally through hard graft and determination.
Of course, there is plenty more work to do. Stockport Council is no longer Labour-led, so part of my job is continuing to work on a cross-party basis to ensure that the fantastic work done under the previous administration continues, and local people continue to see new life breathed into their communities.
This work must be matched nationally. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to see better deals for regional communities, and huge improvements made with regards to public transport links. This is essential if we want to build a better, fairer and more prosperous Britain.
Until then, however, I’ll keep doing everything I can to deliver for the people I represent in Stockport. Hopefully, we’ll continue to be included in the Best Places to Live for decades to come.