I’ve been thinking a lot about our local environment. I recently found out that here in Stockport, we have a staggering 1.3 million trees – which equates to roughly 12% of the Greater Manchester tree population. I believe passionately that these trees ought to be protected, and planting should be a key focus of Stockport Council. That’s why I was so pleased to see the council commit to adding an orchard in every ward across the borough by 2026 and initiate an unprecedented tree planting programme.
Yet our environment is defined by more than our wonderful trees and plants, it is also defined by our relationship with it. How we travel, build, and interact with our neighbours affects the environment we live in.
Take for example the traffic issues around Manchester Road and the surrounding side streets. Rat running and traffic problems at key junctions have not only given residents a headache but created an environment that is both unsafe and unsustainable.
That’s why I’m very happy with the work that is currently being done by councillors both in Reddish South and in Heatons North to address these problems. They plan to work with the council to develop an active neighbourhoods and traffic management model. This model will be built around consultation with residents and tackle the problem with innovative local government intervention.
Building cleaner, greener and safer communities is about more than simply planting trees. It’s about focussing on sustainability when addressing problems and working with local communities to create an environment that is better for everyone. By doing this, I know that we can safeguard our environment and hand it on to the next generation in a better condition than we received it.