One of my issues with Stockport since my return to the area has been the almost total concentration of resources on the town centre, possibly at the expense of the district centres who in fact, provide a significant proportion of the borough’s council tax funding - places like Romiley, Marple, High Lane, Hazel Grove, Bramhall, Cheadle, Gatley, Heald Green, Woodford etc. Almost all these parts of the borough, which are also the most affluent areas, are also the most disconnected because of the horrendous congestion issues. The key to the successful regeneration of the town centre is both its own development, but also improving the connectivity to its affluent suburbs as listed above. You can have as many initiatives as you like, but you have to attract a clientele that will pay for it. Whilst people from the parts of the borough with money to spend, choose to go to the Trafford Centre, Handforth Dean and out into Cheshire or Manchester City Centre, the town centre will continue to struggle. I walked round the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne recently; significant attempts at regeneration are evident all around - the only problem is that nobody has any money in their pockets so the future looks bleak. One of Stockport’s priorities must be to improve the connectivity with its affluent suburbs (there is little in the TfGM plans for the future which offer much more than being part of a Mancentric system). At the same time, it must be a centre for everyone wherever they come from in the borough. These are first thoughts, town centres are struggling everywhere; what can we do that is different?