Stockport hopes to become the perfect place to retire and raise a family in the next decade.

That’s according to Tom McGee, deputy leader of the council, speaking as the authority’s latest borough plan is agreed.

The plan, which runs for between eight to 10 years, represents leaders’ ‘ambitions’ for Stockport over that timeframe.

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“It’s an ambition about where we want to be generally,” Coun McGee, Labour, told the Manchester Evening News .

“Covid has shown there’s a massive amount of new community stuff and new voluntary stuff happening and we want to try to harness that and use it for good for the future.

“The borough plan is the council, businesses, voluntary sector, health sector, community groups, police, fire, and housing associations coming together to say what we’re trying to do for Stockport over the next ten years.”

The pandemic has played a core part in setting out the plan’s priorities — with an extra focus being placed on helping residents live healthier lives.

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“People are at the centre of everything [in this] — whether it’s we as a council or as businesses, health service, housing associations — people are at the centre of it,” Coun McGee added.

“People are every age from 0-99 though, and we’re one of the better boroughs in Greater Manchester — our citizens live longer, and we want to try and increase that.

“We want to try and make them happier and if they are having a long retirement, have a healthy long retirement.

“We’d like youngsters to develop habits like sport, dance, anything, that will continue so they are able to do things.”

In order to achieve that, the council is prepared to continue ‘spending money on cycling and walking’, to also help ‘people with pushchairs and mobility scooters’.

However, residents can still contribute to the plan, despite its agreement, the councillor adds.

You can still contribute, it’s not fixed,” Coin McGee added.

You can find out more about the borough plan online.

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