by Iain Roberts on 11 November, 2013
From 1927 to the mid-1930s Manchester and Stockport vied to take over Cheadle & Gatley Urban District Council (covering Cheadle, Gatley, Heald Green and part of Cheadle Hulme). At the time the area had the fastest-growing population in Greater Manchester.
First Manchester, then Stockport too, were keen to get their hands on the area. Rival Bills went to Parliament as local residents made clear that they wanted things to stay as they were.
In the end both Stockport and Manchester failed, and Cheadle & Gatley Urban District remained until 1974 when Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council was created.
Exclusively and for the first time, here are newspaper cuttings from the time that tell the story, from a Manchester Guardian article of February 8th 1927 to May 31st 1946.