Gorse Hill Labour

A regular blog and updates from Mike Cordingley, Councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in Trafford – Gtr Manchester.

Manchester Marathon returns to Gorse Hill

Sunday 10th October and it’s a new route

The runners have usually got through Gorse Hill early on in the race but this time they’re going into the City Centre before coming into Gorse Hill at about the nine mile mark, so there’ll be considerably more spread along Chester Road.

Road Closures

The organisers are yet to publish full details of the road closures but we do know it will be an elongated start. We particularly need to know details of Chester Road closures, whether full or partial.

Regardless of the fine detail, it’s inevitable that getting to Stretford, Chorlton, Sale and Altrincham by car will be difficult on that day. The race finishes on Talbot Road outside UA92 so, it looks like the Talbot Road/Warwick Road junction will be closed throughout.

Volunteers

The organisers are currently actively recruiting volunteers to support the event in a number of roles on event day and help create an amazing festival atmosphere. Local clubs, organisations or individuals who would enjoy being part of the action in a volunteer role, can email volunteers@humanrace.co.uk. In reward for groups’ valuable time and support, they offer an incentive donation of up to £40 per person volunteering which goes directly back to supporting their local cause.

More Info

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Hotel Plans come again for corner of Warwick Road

Plans for a 171 bed hotel, comprising 9 no. storeys of hotel accommodation and ancillary uses including ground floor café, plus basement and screened rooftop plant area and tower feature have been submitted. 

The current building shown below would be demolished.

This is an anticipated submission, a previous application having been rejected for being too tall amongst other matters.

I’m instinctively supportive of a hotel being built in this area so close to Manchester United. Retail space in the Red Chippy Village is almost exclusively focused on supporting match days. It’s clear that the vitality of the area would benefit from more people being around outside match days.

Whether this is the right application is something that residents should have a say on and I’ll be very interested in the reaction.

Councillor Mike Cordingley

Mike Cordingley

Give Councils the power to consider public health impact on licensing decisions

The Local Government Association wants to see the Licensing Act updated to include a public health objective and allow for action where premises fail to protect the health of their communities. Councils also need greater access to NHS data, including hospital admissions and ambulance call-out details to assist decision making.

Councils can only currently consider four issues when deciding whether to grant licences – the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety; prevention of public nuisance; and protection of children from harm. 

I very much support this. In most cases, it would make no difference to the granting of a license but allowing a more balanced view of the application and giving the licensee a focus on public health considerations would be very welcome and would nudge forward improvements in licensing takeaways and pubs etc.

Councillor Mike Cordingley

Labour calls for children to be at the heart of recovery

“The Conservatives have treated children as an afterthought throughout the pandemic and the news that children’s language and social skills have fallen so far behind ought to be a wake up call.

“Government ‘catch-up’ plans fall far short of what is needed for children to recover lost learning, including nothing on wellbeing or social development. In addition, their stealth cut to the pupil premium hinders schools’ ability to put their own plans in place.