The Hazel Grove Lib Dems have been made aware of a petition regarding the future of Etherow Park.
As frequent visitors to the park, we were very concerned to hear of the statements made by those organising the petition as they didn't match up with our understanding of Stockport Council's future spending plans.
The support for Etherow Park is hugely valuable and the strength of local support can be seen by the numbers supporting the petition.
We sought reassurances from Stockport Council and below is the statement we received from Cllr Martin Candler, Executive Member for Supporting Places:
"There are no plans to remove funding from Etherow Country Park. There is an ongoing public consultation on our greenspaces at the moment but none of the proposed changes will affect Etherow Country Park."
Because Stockport Council is getting less money from central government, difficult choices have been and will continue to be made. As park users though, we are very happy that the funding for Etherow will remain unchanged.
Etherow is a haven of peace and tranquility on our doorstep and we should all be proud that it was the very first Country Park in the country.