Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the Stockport Town Centre Access Plan consultation.

6th December 2015

On 17th October 2014, Manchester Friends of the Earth submitted a response (pdf) to the Stockport Town Centre Access Plan (Access Plan).


Our response covered four key areas:
1) Evidence provided for the consultation
2) Air Quality issues
3) Retail vitality
4) Walking and Cycling proposals

Our response concluded that:

Manchester Friends of the Earth consider it disappointing that a proposed £73 million scheme can allocate substantial resources to widen a bridge and extend road-space for motorised traffic but not to design and install cycling infrastructure that meets the latest design guidance

We also noted that:

The Consultation document acknowledges that the proposed scheme will have (unspecified) impacts on air quality.  There is a legal responsibility on local authorities to reduce air pollution, or at the very least, not to make air pollution worse.

Manchester Friends of the Earth would argue that before the proposed schemes go ahead the likely impacts on air quality have to be identified and addressed.

You can read the full response via Dropbox.