Stockport Council has begun a public consultation before work begins on Interchange Park, a new town centre green space that will sit on top of the new bus interchange.
A new website has launched to allow the public to engage with and inform the design for the park, and share how they would like to use the space, such as for children’s play, events and pop-ups, festivals or community garden projects. While some aspects of the town centre park will be fixed for structural reasons, features and facilities will be informed by the consultation process.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said:
This is a great opportunity for residents to make sure their voice is heard and play a role in shaping Interchange Park.
“The project is such an exciting one, and I’m sure the park will be a fantastic asset to the town centre of Stockport. We want to make sure that the park is tailored to the needs of its visitors, and we’ve had some great engagement so far, but we want to make sure everyone has their say.
“Whether it’s more plants and flowers or safe and well-lit places to sit and relax – make sure you log your views using our engagement portal. Your views will directly influence the final design of the park!”
The park is set to be a part of Stockport’s wider regeneration strategy, and it is hoped it will be enjoyed by everyone living in, working or visiting the borough. It will be accessible from the A6, by lifts to the bus interchange below and via a new pedestrian and cycle bridge to Stockport Railway Stations. Plans for Stockport Interchange also include an apartment scheme and a number of retail and café units. Work on construction of the new bus interchange is set to begin this summer, and TfGM is currently preparing a business case to explore the extension of the Metrolink tram network into the town centre which would terminate at Stockport Interchange.
As well as the website, Stockport Council’s engagement teams will be touring Stockport in a VW Campervan, visiting high streets and parks across the borough to spark conversations about the plans for Interchange Park.
To find out more about Interchange Park and log your views, visit the Stockport Interchange Park consultation website.