by Iain Roberts on 2 June, 2016
On a dusty bookshelf in the upper reaches of Stockport Town Hall are hardback-bound copies of old committee minutes, stretching all the way back to the founding of the council in 1974. But what were the good people of Cheadle and Gatley worrying about back then? A glance through those early papers reveals all. Here are some of the issues councillors were dealing with.
The extension of the A34 south of the Mersey had only recently been completed so in the mid-70s the junction was probably still working OK for cars, but that meant pedestrians were getting a raw deal, as this 1976 issue reveals.
Back in 1974 Cheadle traders were concerned about trade and the number of units that were changing from retail to other uses.
In 1976 work continued towards implementing the one-way system to stop the St David’s Road rat-run – and it clearly couldn’t come soon enough for local residents.
And in 1974, school parking was again an issue on Councillor Lane.
Along with these are concerns regularly featuring in the meeting papers about dog fouling, graffiti, anti-social behaviour and vandalism. Planning applications face objections that will seem very familiar to people today and there are a remarkable number of items about trees and whether they should be protected or cut down.
Whether problems come around again, or never go away, or just prove really tough to solve I don’t know!