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 newhealthdeal@trafford.nhs.uk, 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 newhealthdeal@trafford.nhs.uk, 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