Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Campaigners lose battle over Pocket Park on Station Road

A four year battle to save a pocket park opposite Trafford Park Station has been lost after developers won their appeal against planning refusal.

Councillor Mike Cordingley said it was sad that residents were losing a valued patch of green in such a densely populated area. "I still have concerns over these apartments even though the designs are much improved from the ones they started with. It's devastating that we won't see the summer blackberry harvesting, or hear the birdsong along here again. It's often patches like this piece of scrub that do as much for wellbeing in neighbourhoods as any amount of National Trust stately homes, and they are no less worthy of preservation."

Planning Appeal Doccuments

Monday, 20 November 2017

Planning Application - PC World Site

The works for the Lidl supermarket are submitted to planning. Application 92714/FUL/17 Consultation End Date 7th December.

Broadly in support of this application. I am keen to get reassurance that they won't impact on the Ravenswood Rest space that Gorgeous Gorse Hill have so lovingly brought back to life. Also want to anticipate crossover between Tesco and Lidl - safe crossing and trolley management but Lidl have so far seemed open to talk.

Mike Cordingley

Planning Application - Car Care Shop to become a hot food takeaway

Planning application 92751/COU/17 - Change of use to hot food takeaway next to Gorse Hill Pub.
Consultation end date 11th December.

I have worries about this application. We must be close to saturation point for takeaways along this parade - that might not be a planning consideration, but it is a genuine worry. There is the obvious crime and anti social behaviour aspect but also waste disposal and drainage. The pavement is no longer a pavement.

Mike Cordingley

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Electronic Kershaw Mural to be displayed on Victoria Warehouse

The planning application to screen the Old Trafford Mural on Victoria Warehouse has been submitted.


Speculation on what the Glazers could be doing

Manchester United owners the Glazer family have been steadily buying up land around Old Trafford since taking ownership of the club in 2005.

At a cost of millions of pounds, the Americans have carried out a sustained and targeted campaign to take control of surrounding real estate, which could provide future development opportunities.

The Manchester Evening News Sports team have speculated that while a move away from the Theatre of Dreams would be controversial, they do have the room to rebuild a state of the art stadium on the same site in the manner of Spurs, with fewer constraints.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Health and Safety Warning

An angler who almost died after he accidentally got a whole live dover sole stuck in his throat as he tried to plant a kiss on it has been reunited with the ambulance crew that saved him.


Friday, 22 September 2017

UA92 - University Academy 92


Brand new University set to open here with an ambitious vision to deliver a curriculum with employability and character development at the core wrapped around by academic development. The campus will be on Talbot Road at the former Kelloggs site opposite Trafford Town Hall. Partnered by Class of 92, Lancaster University, Microsoft, Trafford Council, Trafford College and Bruntwood, the plans include a new sports centre and student accommodation in the centre of Stretford.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Stockport College and Trafford College to Merge

trafford college

Trafford College and Stockport College have announced plans to merge. There will be a short consultation.

Both colleges will keep their existing names and campuses, with Stockport on Wellington Road South, and Trafford on Manchester Road, Timperley.

The merger is seen as making them both more sustainable.

Manchester Evening News

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The 'miracle pill': how cycling could save the NHS


There is a credible argument that encouraging bike use to Dutch or Danish levels could do more than perhaps any other single intervention to save the NHS from collapse. It could even greatly mitigate the crisis in adult social care.

A study in the Lancet put the global toll for inactive lifestyles at around 5.3 million people a year, about the same as from tobacco.


Lidl to open new store in Gorse Hill


Lidl has announced plans for a new store in Stretford. The supermarket will be placed at the former PC World unit in Chester Road.

The multi-million pound investment, will see Lidl commit to building a sustainable 1,363m² store with plans to create up to 40 new jobs. The store will include state of the art facilities such as: an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, customer toilets and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.

Messenger Newspaper

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Ombudsman Confirms increase in bin complaints upheld

Outsourced bin collections leading to rise in upheld complaints

The outsourcing of waste collections by councils in England has led to an increase in the number of complaints being upheld by the ombudsman, a new report has warned today. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) said it upheld 81% of complaints made about waste and recycling services last year.

LocalGov News

Lifting the lid report

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Crime Map for Gorse Hill Ward showed increase in May

The latest crime statistics published by Greater Manchester Police show an increase in the Longford West area covering our ward. 118 crimes were reported to the police in May 2017. Councillor Mike Cordingley said "Clearly it's a somewhat worrying figure and we will be monitoring. We meet regularly with the police. We know they're stretched due to Government Cuts. The message has to be 'be vigilent, make sure your property is secure and report it.
Longford West covers Lostock and Gorse Hill and is coterminous with the residential area of Gorse Hill Ward.

Crime Map

Tesco to shut its Stretford Mall Store


Tesco is to close its store in the Stretford Mall - putting scores of jobs at risk.

The supermarket giant says it has made the bombshell decision because of poor trading figures.

Tesco’s regional director North and Northern Ireland, Jonathan Taylor, said, “Our priority now is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.

Messenger Newspaper

Friday, 28 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tories hate the north shock


Fury as Tories break manifesto promises to the North. and commit to even more transport investment in London


Dramatic plans could see centre of Chorlton changed forever


The shopping precinct and former leisure centre would be knocked down as part of the masterplan - to make way for more than 190 new homes

Manchester Evening News

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Annual pothole survey reveals the state of Trafford's roads

Trafford Park Road

The two roads in the borough that there were the highest number of complaints about were Trafford Park Road and Moss Lane, Timperley.

The level of investment in road repairs in Trafford fell to £903,000, compared with £1.119m in the previous year. That was the second lowest investment of all the councils.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

MEN round-up of the region’s top commuting towns and areas... Gorse Hill gets a mention


One local estate agent said:

The Metrolink is very close and it’s on the main route to Chorlton, which is very popular as well.

But Chorlton has outpriced itself and now people are looking at the period properties - particularly around Victoria Park - which are really popular.

Gorse Hill has also increased in popularity in recent years, with people coming to work at Media City.

They really like the period terraces and being close to the canal, where you can get on your bike and ride into work.

Manchester Evening News

Trafford Housing Trust - This Wednesday (26th July 2017) Tower Blocks Drop in

Friday, 21 July 2017

Bruntwood Chief Optimistic focuses on Trafford House in Gorse Hill

Trafford House

Chris Oglesby, chief executive of the family-owned developer and investor, whose portfolio valuation broke through £1bn for the first time this year, talks to Paul Unger about suburban town centre markets, office-to-resi sales and the best office market he’s ever known in Manchester.

We are in the process of remodelling Trafford House with the same lounge facilities, cycle facilities, gym, that you would put into the city centre buildings, with a view to attracting businesses that otherwise potentially would have gone into the centre but are looking for a lower cost option. We are working with Trafford Council on that part of Trafford and wider amenities to support the business community there.

Place North West

Gorse Hill Park Play Area - Have your say


Councillor Laurence Walsh is hosting a public meeting about the work going on at Gorse Hill Park play area and how it should progress. The meeting will take place at The Railway Club, Chester Road, Thursday 27th July 2017 6pm.

Come and have your say

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Andy Burnham's First Live Streamed Question Time

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Blight of 'Lost' HGVs on the increase

The blight of HGVs getting lost down Moss Road is on the increase. We've had similar instances in both Gorse Hill and Lostock.

Mike Cordingley is asking officers to walk the area looking at signage and to consider options.

Imperial War Museum North honoured by the Royal Mail

Royal Mail today celebrates 10 iconic buildings in the UK with the launch of a set of Special Stamps and Salford’s Gorse Hill's Imperial War Museum North is one of the buildings showcased.

About Manchester

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Stretford Canteen - Review

Definitely worth a try - Stretford on the up

Manchester Confidential

Kelloggs Moving HQ from Talbot Road to Media City

Cereal giant Kellogg’s is looking to close its Old Trafford head office and move to MediaCityUK next year.

The four mile move, to the Salford Quays site, has been under close wraps with staff only told about the potential move this week.

Currently based on the corner of Talbot Road and Warwick Road, it has been the main office for Kellogg's in the UK since the 1990s.

Manchester Evening News

Labour Councillor challenges closure of George Carnall Sports

....is all about bringing the infrastructure up to date, with the promise of a new leisure centre for Altrincham, updates to other leisure facilities and inevitable rationalisation elsewhere, hence the uncertainty over the future of George H Carnall Leisure Centre a much used and loved facility by residents of Davyhulme.

The key question is what is in these plans for those that use the facilities at George H Carnall?

Councillor Mike Freeman Sale Moor

Messenger Newspapers

Green Flag to Lostock Park

Lostock Park has been awarded its first Green Flag. Maureen Reilly, the driving force behind the Friends of Lostock Park said..

We are all feeling very proud as this has been a long journey from 2006 when the park was a burned out neglected and unloved area. Since then the group has raised over £355,000 and worked to rebuild the park. We have involved our community, our young people and all our stakeholders in discussions and decisions and this has finally paid off.

Lostock Park is now a colourful, vibrant and welcoming place to visit.

Well done Maureen! xx

Our New Labour MEP Wajid Khan

Wajid replaces Asaf Khan who was elected to UK parliament on 8th June 2017

Stretford Mall - South Wing Demolition


The long awaited planning application to demolish the South Wing of the Mall has been submitted. The plans were an open secret and traders have known for a while. The O'Briens pub is not part of the demolition.


Demolition of part of shopping centre, minor alterations to car park and new facades to retained building.

Monday, 17 July 2017

MP criticises cuts in emergency services

Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green has expressed her concern about cuts to the numbers of police officers and firefighters in Greater Manchester.

Statistics from the Home office have revealed that, police office numbers in Greater Manchester have been cut by 1,850 since 2010.


Stretford in Bloom - The Big week

Lots of work has gone into Stretford in Bloom. Judges are coming Tomorrow. Good Luck Everyone

Keep Pride in George Carnall Sports Centre

How can Trafford Council ignore the wishes of so many local people to save the centre?

For many years I played squash at Stretford Leisure Centre until the courts there were closed. If the squash courts are now to be closed in Davyhulme, as suggested by the council, then any team matches would have to be played in Altrincham.


Business hit by Metrolink work


Rob Harris, who has operated Cavalier Garages, from a small site on Mosley Road, for more than 20 years says the ongoing works and traffic chaos created has for the past five weeks prevented customers getting to and from his workshop.

Messenger Newspapers

An Unpleasant Truth?

The story of Manchester's bike share scheme tells us a truth about ourselves and it's not pleasant. Please read the comments.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stretford GP practices rated poorly by patients in new poll


The GP practices of M32 do not fare well in a new patient survey.

  • Gorse Hill Medical Centre Rank 5623 out of 7372 surgeries
  • Delamere Medical Practice Rank 5700 out of 7372 surgeries
  • Lostock Medical Centre Rank 6134 out of 7372 surgeries
  • North Trafford Group Practice Rank 7271 out of 7372 surgeries

See their ratings here.

Manchester Evening News

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

It Stinks!


Since Thursday 6 July, Davyhulme Treatment Works has experienced problems with a key process which has affected the removal and treatment of sludge from several primary settlement tanks.

Council Officers and the Environment Agency visited the site to check on odour control measures and United Utilities response to the high number of complaints. United Utilities are carrying out urgent works at the site to rectify the technical problems. They have also installed temporary plant and equipment to assist with the removal and treatment of sludge. This will reduce odour levels. However the situation may take over two weeks before it is fully resolved.

United Utilities have posted the following status on their website.

We are currently working to reduce the build-up of sludge by moving it into tanks which will significantly reduce the odour levels. Urgent maintenance work will be continuing over the next couple of weeks to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

We will be posting regular updates here on our website and on Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

School Funding

My letter to the Secretary of State for Education about the effect of school cuts in Stretford and Urmston

Posted by Kate Green on Friday, 24 March 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Proposed Residential Development at Trafford Wharfside

Trafford Wharfside

No 1 Old Trafford Wharf would occupy a prominent position next to the new Trafford Park Metrolink line, currently under construction.

The proposed scheme would deliver a mix of residential and commercial spaces, with retail units planned on the ground floor along with parking and cycle storage for residents. The development would also incorporate a communal podium garden and a roof terrace.

Place North West

Monday, 13 March 2017

Councils ‘slash’ bus funding by one third, campaigners say

Councils ‘slash’ bus funding by one third, campaigners say

Council chiefs have defended cuts in bus services after a FoI request revealed £30m of bus funding was slashed last year alone leading to the closure of hundreds of routes.


Monday, 30 January 2017

Old Trafford Fire

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Planning Application: 90228/COU/17 - Bed and Breakfast Change of Use

Planning application to convert residential accommodation to Bed and Breakfast (Davyhulme Road East opp Victoria Junior School)

Planning Application

Monday, 23 January 2017

Trafford Park Hotel going under the hammer

This property is being sold on behalf of fixed charged receivers and given its proximity to Media City and Manchester city centre, this provides a fantastic and exciting development opportunity.

Messenger Newspaper

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Kate Green Joins Flixton Fields Protest

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Tory Council Tax hike on its way

Council tax in Trafford is set to rise by five per cent as town hall chiefs scramble to prop up hard-hit social care services.

The news comes following scrutiny councillors’ concerns about a £2m hole in the council’s budget plans less than two months before swingeing cuts of £22m have to be finalised.

Committee members, who are tasked with examining budget proposals in the borough, are concerned about the substantial gap ‘at this late stage of the process’.

Manchester Evening News

Monday, 2 January 2017

Use Public Transport

Attending the #MUFC v #Middlesbrough game this afternoon? PLEASE make sure you are parking in designated parking spaces....

Posted by GMP Trafford North on Saturday, 31 December 2016

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