Shape the Stream

Flyer-frontpage shape-the-streamWe are asking local people to help us shape the plans for a stream in Cheadle.

At a public meeting on 28th September at Cheadle College, the Healthy Rivers Trust and its partners will discuss emerging plans for improving the watercourse which is currently un-named.  Later in the year, a river restoration project will take place on the stream and we would like to know what people think before we make the plans.

To find out what locals would like to see for the watercourse, so that people and wildlife can enjoy it more, we are inviting local residents to the evening event.  There will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and a competition will be launched to find a name for the stream.

Any local people who would like to come along to hear about the project, please come to Cheadle College at 6.30pm on Monday 28th September.

Project partners include: Healthy Rivers Trust, Stockport Council, JBA Consulting, Stockport Homes and the Environment Agency.

River Surveys 

 Trib 2 river survey Aug 2015

Projects in the catchments are having river surveys before more work commences.

The Mersey Rivers Trust is surveying as part of several projects.  So far, we have surveyed along Rivacre Brook on the Wirral and an un-named tributary in Cheadle. Both these brooks are connected to the River Mersey, although they are many miles from each other. Both have issues of diffuse urban pollution.

The initial survey for each project is currently being carried out to map out the places to investigate in more depth. 

 Habitat Survey 25-08-2015


Stockport Council has embarked on a major project to uncover the historical Lancashire Bridge over the River Mersey, which has been concealed for nearly 80 years.

The opportunity to expose the hidden bridge arose when the Council identified some essential rehabilitation work to the eastern section of the bridge where a reinforced concrete portal structure is being partially removed. Rather than removing and replacing the reinforced concrete beams and deck, which would be a traditional approach, the Council has instead created a protected opening to allow people to enjoy a view of this impressive structure along with the River Mersey near its start.

Stockport Council is a key member of the Upper Mersey Catchment Partnership which is campaigning to make the River Mersey a more visible part of Stockport. The confluence of the Rivers Tame and Goyt in Stockport Town Centre is where the River Mersey begins. The Upper Mersey Catchment Partnership is supportive of the project which will enable people to see more of this vital river.

The original arch of the bridge was built in 1891 and is situated underneath the junction of Bridge Street and Warren Street in Stockport Town Centre, close to the start of the River Mersey.

Work started in January 2014, the bridge removal is now complete and the River Mersey can be viewed. A spokesperson for Stockport Council said they were pleased that the project “excites [people] and shows that value for money and environmental improvement can go hand in hand”.

The project has been largely funded through the Department of Transport Local Pinch Point Fund. For further details of the project and a view of detailed plans, see the Stockport Council website