Stockport town centre is currently in the midst of a huge regeneration. Increased transport infrastructure, workspaces, retail and leisure facilities have all been announced. This is really exciting and will completely transform Stockport town centre.

However, I don’t want this regeneration to just be confined to the town centre, and it’s vital that the magic and investment spreads across the Borough. For example, there has long been talk of creating the Houldsworth Village around a reopened Stockport canal. We’ve seen how the historic Houldsworth Mill has been transformed to accommodate housing, retail and business units. If better transport links were established with a reopened Reddish South station (which sits right next to Houldsworth Square), the area could be transformed.

It’s this belief in the benefits of Borough-wide investment that has led me to work on a bid to the Government’s so-called ‘Levelling up fund’. I am bidding for investment to breathe new life into the closed Reddish Baths, the Fire Station (which now acts as a community centre) and our wonderful library buildings. These beautiful Edwardian buildings were gifted to Reddish for joining Stockport County Borough instead of the expanding Manchester Borough. I want these buildings to be restored and transformed into proper and modern community hubs, which still retain their external period features and history.

MPs can only submit one bid of up to £20 million per parliamentary constituency. I’m proud to have chosen this as Denton and Reddish’s bid. It was the brainchild of Councillor Kate Butler, and I didn’t need much convincing at all. This bid is very much unfinished business for me and is something I’ve been wanting to do since I watched with horror as the then Liberal Democrat controlled Stockport Council closed the Baths and allowed the buildings to stand derelict.

These buildings are our history, but with the right investment, they can also be our future. I’m working hard with councillors and planning experts to put the best bid forward. Fingers crossed it succeeds!

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