Riverbank Repair 2022

https://youtu.be/rwXgMnBwHkg Reddish Vale Riverbank Repair & Improvement, Part 3 Date: Monday, 25th, January, 2022 It's now partly underway, but it's not my original idea. Over the last few days I've been on contact with Network Rail and their plan to repair the riverbanks on both sides of the river and the viaduct, especially to reinforce the collapsed bank at the foot of one viaduct pier. They are now laying down at least 1200 (one thousand two hundred) tons of heavy rock along a hundred yards of river bank to act as a long term barrier to shield the banks against erosion. As you know I've been advocating some action for the last year and planned a construction using a solid wall of stone rather than a pile of rubble, so I shall have rethink my own ideas for how the river banks may be used and enjoyed. While the rockery won't have the smooth and clean lines of my original thoughts I believe...
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Riverbank Repair 2021

Date: Friday, 26th, March, 2021 Tame Riverbank Repair & Improvement, Part 2 Last November I wrote about my ideas for repairing and enhancing the riverbanks as a way to improve the beauty of the Vale. Following the floods in January this year the riverbank around the corner beside the viaduct has been washed down and threatens the future of the viaduct and the amenity of the park. Now that the COVID crisis is beginning to ease I propose to dust off my proposals for the Council and prepare to put some work into funding, designing and implementing the whole plan for the park. Watch his presentation and decide if you'd like to join in. And don't forget to tell all your friends. https://youtu.be/ySHYTbGVSYg If you need to read the earlier article it's HERE. Up-date: 20th, January, 2022 Had brief discussion with Network Rail this morning about the dangerous erosion at the foot of the viaduct and their plans for a temporary...
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Riverbank Repair

Date: Monday, 23rd, November, 2020 Tame Riverbank Repair & Improvement While we await the end of this year's crisis with the COVID epidemic I have been working around the Vale with my own one-man work (gang of one?) to improve conditions and clear a few of the park's paths (you can follow these occasional news snippets through the Reddish or my facebook pages). In the meantime I have been tracking the ongoing erosion of the riverbank next to the viaduct and planning a new repair. The bank (below) has been eroding for many years, increasingly threatening the park's footpath that runs along the top. I believe we ought to do more than just repair the bank and restore it to its past condition, like the repair that took place on the opposite bank. I believe we have an opportunity to do something more imaginative and more enjoyable. Riverbank Walkway Rather than just restore the old bank I propose we build an enhanced...
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Stockport Merseyway Overbank

https://youtu.be/IICG7dIjh6g Stockport Merseyway offers a unique opportunity for a bold regeneration that could take it forward as a stronger and healthier contribution to the town's future prosperity over the next two or three hundred years. Drawing on the inspiration and long heritage of the old market town area above Merseyway the Overbank plan from designer Michael Bond suggests a form for the old 1960s style precinct. Transforming it from modernist style into something more traditional from the market and Underbank area the Overbank plan calls for a new urban village on top of the old precinct. This is part of a series of presentations for economic regeneration and investment in the community. ...
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Coronavirus and Carbon Challenges

Coronavirus Challenge + Carbon Challenge = An Opportunity For Stockport Date: Monday, 23rd, March, 2020 This week sees the beginning of a major change in the state of Britain, the economy, our society and the political future of the nation. It could mean an enormous financial and personal catastrophe for millions of individuals, families and businesses which may take a generation or more to recover from. However, I believe this challenging time offers us an enormous opportunity to prepare for a better life. We now have an chance to reflect on the state of our lives and decide if we want to take bigger and bolder action to revitalise our community, rebuild our lives and nurture new and innovative economic opportunities across the town to shield us from such events in the future. Climate Emergency & Opportunity In recent weeks I have been reaching out to the Council on another matter - the Climate Emergency. This has, until the arrival...
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Reddish Weir

Following the recent launch of the Reddish Regeneration initiative a new update has added further detail to include the electric power generation potential of Reddish Vale. The plan for the Reddish Vale Regeneration now includes the reconstruction of the old Strines weir on the Tame river. The weir collapsed in the late 1960s, resulting in increases in river bank erosion, and the reintroduction of a new dam should contribute to increasing the amenity of the Reddish Vale Country Park. The power generation potential of the river is planned to subsidise the current and future power consumed by Reddish Vale High School, reducing their long term costs and supplementing the power demands from the new school if the regeneration plans are approved by the school, council and community. In addition to electric power generation the future hydrodam will act as focal point for education of local primary and secondary schools into electric power generation and engineering science. Learn all about the initiative...
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Reddish Regeneration

Free-Homes designer Michael Bond launches a new initiative for his home community of Reddish in Stockport. The Reddish Regeneration initiative proposes a major investment programme and upgrade to the local secondary school to become a new school, sports, fitness, community and training centre. The Reddish community has long been neglected for community and recreational facilities and the long-standing decline in funding for education is being felt here as around the country. The new school draws its inspiration from the fictional Harry Potter's Hogwarts - a large complex of buildings to accommodate the widest range of facilities across a wide range of activities. Learn all about the initiative here: http://freehomes.sterlingsecure.co.uk/stockport-powerhouse/reddregen/ ...
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