Stockport issues final sign-off for £14.5m Stockroom 

A clutch of retail units at Merseyway are to be converted into a library and other community facilities using Future High Streets cash, a project aimed at helping Stockport to recover from the “economic devastation” wrought by changing shopping habits and the pandemic. 

The £14.5m Stockroom project, to be delivered by Grahams Construction, will see Stockport’s library services relocated from the Central Library on Wellington Road. It is a move that has proven controversial with local stakeholders. 

However, last night the council’s cabinet rubber-stamped the Stockroom project, unlocking the funds to deliver the scheme and dashing the hopes of those lobbying for the library to stay put.

“This is in the best interests of the people of Stockport for the long-term,” said Cllr Elise Wilson, leader of Stockport Council.  

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend £14.5m of government money to improve our town centre and to help hundreds of our businesses build back from the economic devastation of Covid-19.” 

Stockport hopes the 47,000 sq ft project, designed by Aew Architects and SpaceInvader, will increase footfall in the town centre and act as a catalyst for the revival of an area with a high number of vacant retail units. 

Cllr David Sedgwick, cabinet member for citizen focus and engagement, described Stockroom as “a golden opportunity” for the town, defending the relocation of the library. 

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Why waste all that money , there is a beautiful building, which provide a good library, ect.

By Chris Rigby

A complete waste of a chance to help the town centre, by a well known anti business council

By Andrew Morley

Who on earth wants a library in th e middle of a shopping centre stockport has gone for shopping you need to get some big stores back

By Sheila Driver

I’m surprised this article hasn’t mentioned that both the Conservatives and Liberals seem to be opposing this move (based on the negative consultation outcome), and that – rather like the GMSF issue – together they can easily out-vote the minority Labour group.

Is moving the Library going to be as straightforward as the article suggests ?

By AltPoV

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