Sunday, 18 November 2012

Major new food retail space at Stretford Mall, incorporating the Wilkinson's units who relocate within the Mall (presumably TJ Hughes unit) 79391/FULL/2012

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Planning application for the corner of Glastonbury/Winchester

Planning application submitted to add an additional property to the terrace on Winchester Road, building into the corner of Glastonbury Road.

More details on planning page

Monday, 24 September 2012

Youth Theatre Sessions £1

Act it Out!

Gorse Hill Studios Youth Theatre

Mondays 6.00PM -7.30 PM

If you are aged 11+ and have an interest in acting, why not join our open youth theatre project.  Led by our highly experienced youth theatre leader - Kate Robinson – the Act It Out! group devise, develop and perform their own drama pieces.

Young People involved in the Youth Theatre are given the opportunity to do their arts award bronze. As part of their arts award the Act It Out! group  get to go and see productions, most recently Romeo and Juliet at the Octagon Theatre.



Health Drop In

£1.5m Boost for Towpath improvements


Cyclists and pedestrians using the Bridgewater Canal towpath are to benefit from a £1.5 million funding boost, after a successful bid for funding by Trafford Council and Transport for Greater Manchester to deliver the next three phases of the Bridgewater Way.

The grant, from the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will pay for upgrades to another five miles of the Trafford towpath and a number of improvements to access points and routes to the canal over the next couple of years. This will include sections between Trafford Park and Manchester United. This will build on the recent work by Trafford Council, Peel and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which has put in place a major upgrade to around three miles of the canal tow path between Sale and Stretford. This has been hugely successful and has seen a massive increase in the numbers of walkers and cyclists using the towpath.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: "This is a great example of the improvements we're going to be delivering across Greater Manchester through our LSTF programme to encourage more people to take up active ways of travelling. The work that's already been done to improve the Bridgewater Way towpaths has proved to be really successful, so this latest investment will build on that and I look forward to the work getting under way soon."

Read about the proposals

Read more on Manchester Confidential

Changes to the recycling service at Chester Road Household Waste Recycling Centre


From Monday 3 September 2012, the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Chester Road, Stretford, will see some temporary service changes while redevelopment takes place at the site.

This will affect what users can take to the facility to recycle and dispose of. The temporary changes will mean the site will NOT be able to accept the following material types:

  • Waste Oil (both engine oil and used cooking oil)
  • Textiles
  • Media Banks
  • TV and Computer Monitors
  • Laptops
  • Small Domestic Appliances
  • Fridges
  • Asbestos
  • Mixed Recycling (glass, plastic bottles, steel and aluminium cans)
  • Batteries (both automotive and dry cell household)

These service changes are as a result of redevelopment at the facility, which is being expanded to improve the site layout and allow for more materials to be recycled, with the aim of reaching a recycling target of at least 60 per cent.

The service changes are currently scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2012. During this time, recycling site operatives will be on hand to advise residents and re-direct site users to another facility if necessary.

Read about the proposals

Trafford Council Press Release

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Dave Acton urges people to stop using chip pans after blaze tackled by Stretford crew

Councillor David Acton, chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "Chip pans are incredibly dangerous – they catch fire easily and the smoke from this type of incident is potentially lethal – we would urge anyone still using one to stop doing so immediately. Read more in Messenger

Monday, 10 September 2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Man jailed for setting up illegal car park in Gorse Hill during Olympic football match at Old Trafford

A man who set up an illegal car park in Gorse Hill to profit from Manchester’s involvement in the Olympics has been jailed for 20 weeks.
The man and two others hijacked a private car park at Atherton House, off Talbot Road, and illegally controlled it during an Olympic football match at Manchester United’s Trafford ground on July 29.
Det Insp Frank Morris from Trafford CID, said:"Greater Manchester Police is fully aware that sadly, private car parks can be used and controlled by organised crime groups during large sporting events because it is an easy and fruitful source of illegitimate income.
"I hope this case sends a powerful message to anyone who thinks they can take control of private car parks in Trafford during match days that we are onto you and we will target you and bring you to justice."
Read more in Messenger

Police Update

Unfortunately we are having a large amount of #BURGLARY in Stretford and Old Trafford. Please let us know of any suspicious circs on 101.

    — GMP Stretford (@GMPstretford) August 21, 2012

Warehouse Project reveals its 2012 season


Manchester’s night life is looking a little bit brighter today as the seminal Warehouse Project reveal their 2012 season lineup, launching in September at the Victoria Warehouse - on Trafford Park Road. Earlier this year the project whetted the appetites of dance music junkies with an Easter weekend special at its new home. New season highlights include Fatboy Slim, Bloc Party, Animal Collective and more; with The Chemical Brothers returning to the city where they formed.

Read more in Mancunian Matters

Monday, 20 August 2012

A shot in the Park - Lostock Park 8th September

LCCC Foundation Launches New Website - Inspiring Communities through Cricket

With the help of The LCCC Foundation the Lancashire County Cricket Club aims to become an important and central hub for the community that it serves. We will strive to work in partnership with local charities and organisations to make a positive difference and welcome collaborative working.

Visit the LCCC Foundation website

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Free Bike Safety Checks

RECYCLE for Greater Manchester is partnering with Transport for Greater Manchester to encourage residents to donate their unwanted bikes to community bike re-use projects.
On average, people in Greater Manchester are throwing away 200 bikes every month.
There are a growing number of bike projects that will take old and unwanted bikes and bring them back to cycling life.
As part of the initiative, during Bike Week (June 16 - 24), free bike safety check sessions are being held in Trafford.
The sessions - run by the probation services project On Ya Bike - are on June 19, from 4.30pm-8.30pm at Old Trafford Youth Club, St Hilda’s Road, Old Trafford; June 20, 4.30pm- 8.30pm, Gorse Hill Studio, Cavendish Road; June 21, from 4.30pm – 8.30pm at Lostock Youth Club, Selby Road.
Anyone can bring along a bike for a free safety check, so it is fit for the summer or donate an unwanted bike for re-use.
Read more at: Messenger

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Even Industry doesn't want 'No Fault' Dismissal


Controversial Tory plans to allow employers to sack workers at will are set to be dealt a major blow on Wednesday when British manufacturers warn that the proposal would be counter productive
Read more in Guardian

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen on her Diamond Jubilee - Ed Miliband


"On behalf of the Labour Party, I want to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

"She has served this country and the whole of the Commonwealth for the last sixty years with unstinting energy, loyalty, and dedication. Hers has been a life of extraordinary public service. She exemplifies a care for the common good of all to which we can all aspire.

"Throughout her reign she has been tireless, unflinching and unerring in her commitment to the people of Britain, and stoical in the face of personal loss. With Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at her side, she has serenely witnessed to three generations a selfless dedication to duty.

Read Ed Milliband's Tribute in Full

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Planning Lists

Planning pages brought up to date. Latest applications include change of operating hours at new Winchester Road Store and new main access to Lostock College.

Read more

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Labour's Real Jobs Guarantee

Labour wants a Budget that makes a priority of Jobs and Growth - Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the Budget while on a visit meeting staff and shoppers at Morrisons, Camden today, said:

"The Government promised change but things are getting worse with a million young people now out of work and a cost of living crisis for families across Britain.

Labour wants a Budget that makes a priority of jobs, growth and using every single penny of scarce resources to help hard-pressed families make ends meet.

Instead, this Government's priority appears to be cutting tax for people earning £150,000 a year.

That is the wrong priority and shows how out of touch the Tories are."

Latest News from Labour Party

Worries over transfer of Stretford Ambulance to Salford


The North West Ambulance Service wants to close the dilapidated Stretford ambulance depot and run services from Greater Manchester Police’s Talbot Road station half a mile away.

But union officials have hit out at the proposals, saying they could have an impact on response times. Under the plans, one of the station’s two ambulances will move to Talbot Road and the other will go to Salford ambulance station.

Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, said: “While I can understand the wish to make best use of the trust’s estate and the rationale for co-location with the police, I am very concerned about the effect on service.

“This comes at a time when there is considerable uncertainty about the future of emergency provision here in Trafford and when there has been no public engagement or sharing of information regarding the decision to transfer an emergency ambulance to Salford.”

Mike Cordingley, a Gorse Hill councillor and vice chairman of Trafford Council’s overview and scrutiny core committee, added: “This news is very worrying and I’m urgently requesting more details.

Read more at: Messenger

‘Speed cut’ plea to put brakes on road racers on Chester Road in Stretford


Bosses at Trafford town hall have agreed to look at reducing the maximum from 40mph to 30mph on a stretch of A56 Chester Road in Stretford. The suggestion was put forward by opposition Labour councillors, who claimed the road had turned into ‘a racetrack’.

The suggestion was put forward by opposition Labour councillors, who claimed the road had turned into ‘a racetrack’. Council officers and Stretford councillors will now draw up proposals. Campaigners say it is ‘highly unusual’ to have a 40mph limit in a residential area - and say pedestrian crossings near Stretford Mall are not suitable for such a fast road.

Read more at: Advertiser

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Warning from PSCOs about Burglaries nr Man U ground

Dear Resident,

Although burglary rates in Trafford remain low compared to other areas of
Greater Manchester there have been three break-ins in the Gorse Hill area
recently. These have happened within the last week and have occurred close
to the Man United stadium. Houses on Railway Road, Ravenswood Road and
Tenby Avenue have been targeted for cash and jewellery. GMP would like to
remind you of the following advice:

• Close and lock all doors and windows – Don’t give a burglar an access
• Remove keys from locks on the inside of a door – An offender could
smash a window to retrieve these.
• Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your house.
• Avoid leaving tools lying around in the back garden – These could be
used to force entry into your property.

If you have any information regarding crime in your area then please feel
free to contact myself:
Email –
Phone – 0161 856 7655
Mobile – 07707 636 946

Please forward this onto anyone who would benefit from this message.
Many thanks,
Chris Eastwood – PCSO 65413

Monday, 5 March 2012

Actors wanted 17th March 2012

Gorse Hill Studio

On Saturday 17th of March Gorse Hill Studios are holding an open day and auditions for young actors, thespians and performers. Do you enjoy performing? Would you like to learn more about acting for film and theatre and take part in exciting dramas? We have several short film scripts ready for casting.

Read More at: the Gorse Hill Studio site

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Free Bicylcle Checks

10am to Noon
1pm to 3pm - Stretford Fire Station
Saturday 3rd March 

Give your bike a free health check and get cycling again

Cyclists in Trafford are being encouraged to saddle up and ride to their local fire station this weekend to give their bike a health check.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has arranged the free bike health checks as part of its commitment to encouraging more people to take up cycling.

Anyone who brings their bike to Stretford Fire Station on Park Road between 10am and noon or 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 3 March will be able to get an expert assessment of its condition and advice on what might need fixing.

Time allowing, the qualified mechanics will also be able to carry out minor adjustments, to things like gears and brakes. Local cycle maps and information on cycle training will also be available.

Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “We know that, for a lot of people, cycling could be a healthy and ‘green’ travel option but for some reason they prefer to leave their bike at home.

“We want to encourage people to get on the saddle again and these health checks are an important part of that because they will help to reassure people that their bikes are ready for action.

“They are completely free and, thanks to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, they are easy to get to – so don’t miss out!”

Councillor David Acton, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman, said: “The role of GMFRS is not just about preventing and fighting fires and rescuing people – we have a responsibility to improve the lives of our communities overall and looking after the environment is one way of doing that.

“With TfGM, we are putting on these sessions to help and support those in our communities who want to get back on their bikes this spring – and ensure they are cycling safely once they do get on the road.”

The free cycle checks are part of TfGM’s £4.9 million Commuter Cycle Project, and are wholly funded by the Department for Transport.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

New Health Deal for Trafford - Old Trafford Have your Say Event

Local health services in Trafford are being reviewed, and we want to give as many people as possible the chance to be involved.
You can get involved by coming to an event to talk to us about your views and experiences of your local health services.
Old Trafford event
Monday 5 March
6.30pm till 8.30pm
Seymour Park Primary School, Northumberland Road, Old Trafford, M16 9QE
There is free on-site parking.  Refreshments will be provided
This is an RSVP event, so to book a place complete an online booking form, email, or call 0161 873 6008.

New Health Deal for Trafford - Stretford Have Your Say Event

Local health services in Trafford are being reviewed, and we want to give as many people as possible the chance to be involved.
You can get involved by coming to an event to talk to us about your views and experiences of your local health services.
Stretford event
Monday 27 February
6pm till 8pm
St Matthew's Church Hall, Chester Road, Stretford, M32 8HF
There is free on-site parking.  Refreshments will be provided. 
This is an RSVP event, so to book a place complete an online booking form, email, or call 0161 873 6008.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Barton Incineration debated in Parliament

Graham Stringer

MPs debated Bio Mass incineration in an adjournment debate at the House of Commons on Monday Night

Graham Stringer led the short debate, ably supported by Labour MPs, Graham Jones and (our own) Kate Green; together with Therese Coffey from the Conservatives. The MPs articulated the concerns that biomass burning was not often not carbon neutral, and too often damaging to air quality. Kate made the point that the technologies employed were falling short of the best available, and cited Barton.

Disappointingly, the Conservative Minister, Gregory Barker was not keen to embrace these criticisms and flannelled.

The evidence is getting stronger for a halt to be called on these incinerators. We will continue the fight.

Read the full debate at: They work for you - Future of Biomass Debate

Friday, 17 February 2012

MUFC oppose plans for Supporters Club financed by Gary Neville


A bid by Gary Neville to build a supporters' club opposite Old Trafford has been hit with a planning objection - by Manchester United.

The former Reds captain wants to create a ten-storey 139-bedroom hotel and leisure complex on Sir Matt Busby Way and has applied for planning permission.

But in a stinging five-page objection United have called on council bosses to throw out the proposals and say the club will 'continue to oppose and object to the scheme'.

Read more at: Manchester Evening News

Friday, 10 February 2012

Salford and Trafford councils in war of words over plans for Quays ‘mini city’


Salford council and developers Peel Holdings want a new ‘town centre’ to be built next to the BBC’s MediaCityUK headquarters. But planning chiefs in Trafford - just metres away on the other side of the Bridgewater Canal - will oppose the idea.

They fear it will suck money out of the borough and want more assurances that it does not pose a threat.

Read more at: Advertiser

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Bus Firm Boss gets Slaughtered by Watchdog


In astonishing scenes Richard Soper, from bus company First, was told by traffic commissioner Beverley Bell that the firm is failing badly - and warned that unreliable services would be taken off the road. Mr Soper and other directors at First were hauled before Ms Bell after transport officials found up to 26 per cent of buses turn up late or early.

First Bus operate the 22 service into Stretford on the Bolton - Stockport Route and also the 53 service over Trafford Road Bridge.

Read more at: Manchester Evening News

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Illegal Racing off Barton Dock Road ends in conviction


Manchester’s Crown Court has been told that drivers - known as petrol heads - who get a buzz from driving at speed at night, have been drawn to an area off Barton Dock Road in Trafford Park where they frequently compete against each other on a long, straight stretch of highway running through the industrial estate.

Police found up to 50 vehicles and a large crowd of people gathered, when they responded to complaints about activities on Brightgate Way last June. One of the cars shot in front, and the driver of the other appeared to lose control, spinning through 180 degrees before eventually coming to a stop.

Read more at: Advertiser

Friday, 3 February 2012

Day of Action in Support of Old Trafford Library

Shrewsbury Street, St Bride’s Field and / or St Bride’s Church.
A little group of us got together to plan what we could do for the Day of Action. We wanted to send a message to the council in a fun and imaginative way.
We’re pleased to announce that Union Street Media Arts have agreed to take on the production of HANDS OFF OLD TRAFFORD LIBRARY – THE MOVIE!
We won’t spoil the surprise here, but suffice to say we want hundreds of residents to turn up at 2pm or as soon as you can after that, and make your contribution. It will be fun, creative, and not too demanding or embarrassing for you! We’ll get the film edited ASAP, uploaded to YouTube and shared everywhere we can, including sending the link directly to all the Councillors and key staff and urging them to watch.
Please cancel all plans and get yourself down there. Bring every friend, neighbour, family member or colleague you can muster.

Lostock Tenants and Residents Meeting

Next meeting Monday 6th February 10.30 am

Youth Centre Selby Road

Agenda Items for meeting on 6th February.

1. New Health Deal for Trafford   presentation by Primary Care Trust

2. Adult Social Service Cuts Consultation - discuss. Ann Day Trafford LINk

3. Meet James Hampson – Community Builder working in Lostock.

Plus updates from any Stakeholders present.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Massive Cuts to Adult Social Care


Massive Cuts to Adult Social Care are proposed by Trafford's Tories in their consultation. Portrayed as efficiencies, these are targetting the most vulnerable.

Read about the proposals

Gorse Hill Page on Consultation

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

January Report from Arlene

Euro Team

  • Cameron should ban RBS bonuses for 2012
  • Europe wide phosphate controls to protect local rivers and lakes
  • 2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

Read Arlene McCarthy's latest European Report

January Report

Monday, 23 January 2012

Government refuses to act on metal theft

David Hanson

David Hanson MP, Labour's Shadow Home Office Minister, said: "At a time when metal theft shows signs of getting out of control, this Government refuses to act and has opposed legislation to tackle this dangerous crime.

The decision to block Labour MP Graham Jones’ important Bill proves that the Government is unwilling to take the urgent action required to deal with metal theft.

Latest News from Labour Party

Metrolink chiefs review plans to replace 'unreliable' older trams


Transport chiefs are reviewing plans to replace the 32 older blue-and-grey trams still running on the Greater Manchester Metrolink network after they broke down four times in the last fortnight.

Coun Roger Jones, a vice-chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “The biggest culprit is the older trams. They’re breaking down too often. Most are over 20 years old. We’ve got a commitment to replace 12 of them. It’s only when we get rid of the old ones that we’ll have a system that’s really efficient.”

Read More in Manchester Evening News


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Friends of Lostock Park meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Lostock Park will take place at 6pm in the bowling club within the park on Monday 23rd January.

I am changing the Labour Party so we can deliver fairness when there is less money around - Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband

“I am changing the Labour Party so we can deliver fairness even when there is less money around and that requires tough decisions.

It requires a tough decision to put the priority on jobs ahead of public sector pay.

“It also requires us to say we do believe the Government is going too far, too fast with their cuts but we are not going to make specific promises to reverse those cuts unless we are absolutely sure that we know where the money is coming from.

“That is right, it is responsible and it is the way we are going to proceed.”

Latest News from Labour Party

Monday, 16 January 2012

Biggest Marathon outside London to take place 29th April


The UK's biggest marathon outside London is to take place on 29th April. This is obviously going to make it difficult to get about on the Sunday Morning of the race.

The route takes a course from the start at Longford Park through Trafford Park and back into Stretford via Mosley Road/Park Road before circling Trafford and back into Stretford.

Download the full route

Visit the Marathon website

Manchester United seek permission to install giant advertisements


Manchester United have asked for permission to install nine giant advertisements at Old Trafford.

The Reds want to attach the banners to the exteriors of the east, west and north stand stair towers in a bid to cash in on the club’s popularity.

Read more in Advertiser

Job and Training Fair for Young People in Trafford


The Connexions Job and Training Fair will be held at the Talkshop (the Tatton Road Entrance) in Sale on Tuesday 7th February 2012.

If you are interested in apprenticeships or jobs after leaving school or college there will be people to answer your questions.

The event runs from 3pm-6pm on Tuesday 7th February 2012 - no need to make an appointment - just call in!

Read more on Connexions

Saturday, 14 January 2012

How Home Matches Stop Yobs from Kicking Off

Media City

Football fans used to be accused of causing crime - now it seems they might actually help prevent it.
Official figures show reports of anti-social behaviour around Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium are a third lower during periods when the teams are at home.

Read more on Manchester Evening News

Friday, 13 January 2012

Deadline two months off for outdoor traders and advertisers near Old Trafford

The London 2012 Olympic Games begin in less than 200 days time and the clock is ticking not just for the world's top athletes - but for businesses wanting to trade or advertise close to Old Trafford.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Media City to get it's own Town Centre?

Media City

Plans have been submitted for a massive expansion of Media CityUK in Salford. Peel Holdings have proposed creating a further 5m square feet of offices, shops, and housing, bounded by Broadway and South Langworthy Road.

A consultation process will run until January 25 for people to have their say on the plans by developers Peel Media Ltd.

Read more on Manchester Evening News
Comment on the planinng application

Manchester's £650m Airport City master plan unveiled

Airport City

A master for Manchester's £650m Airport City development has been unveiled as it emerged scores of firms are lining up to move in.

The project, set to create up to 21,000 jobs, will be split into two zones, the first of which will be made-up of 1.85m sq ft of hotel, office, retail and advanced manufacturing space, all next to Manchester Airport's existing train station.

Read more on Manchester Evening News

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Police smash illegal Match Day car parking racket


Thirteen people - including a 15-year-old youth - have been arrested by police probing a £1m-a-season Manchester United match day illegal car parks racket.

Officers swooped on car parks set up on patches of land near Old Trafford before two recent United home games.

Police working with town hall officials and the Department of Work and Pensions made the arrests when United played at home against Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day and Blackburn Rovers on New Year's Eve.

Read more on Advertiser

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Dave Acton calls for Bio Mass plant to be denied Operating License


A LEADING Trafford councillor has called for the Environment Agency to refuse permission for a biomass energy plant in Davyhulme to operate.

Cllr Dave Acton, leader of Trafford Labour Group, made the submission after the council’s planning committee turned down an application for Barton Renewable Energy Plant, made by Peel Energy, last November.

Read more on Messenger news page

New Swimming Baths and library for Chorlton


Three new swimming pools are to be built in Manchester under £18m plans to improve leisure facilities in the city.

Town hall chiefs want to replace outdated pools and libraries with new leisure centres in Chorlton, Levenshulme and east Manchester.They say the run-down buildings are too expensive to run and poor value for money.

Read more on evening news page

Monday, 9 January 2012

Notable 12 Bedroom Family Residence planned for Edge Lane

65 Edge Lane
One interesting planning application this week is for a 12 bedroom family residence on Edge Lane in Stretford.
Read more on our planning page

Gary Neville's Hotel

Neville's Hotel
Gary Neville's 139 bed hotel is submitted for planning approval. 10 storey Hotel and supporters club is planned for corner of Sir Matt Busby Way and Trafford Wharfside going down to the banks of Bridgewater Canal.
Manchester Evening News article from May last year

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