Gorse Hill Labour

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

Pavement areas widened to promote Social Distancing and cycling in Stretford

Trafford News Release

Safer Streets campaign
Greater Manchester’s council leaders have committed to creating enhanced shared spaces for pedestrians and people on bikes across the city-region, to enable physical distancing for safe essential journeys and exercise during the coronavirus lockdown and through recovery.

Brought together under the Safe Streets Save Lives campaign, local authorities are looking to prioritise a range of temporary measures. 

In Trafford the locations selected will assist with social distancing and promote cycling and walking. 

We have specifically chosen sites where the footway is narrow, and the carriageway is required to maintain social distancing.  It will mean lane closures or partial closures depending on the space involved. This is subject to the appropriate funding:

  • Flixton Road, Urmston, outside Malcolm’s Pharmacy
  • Station Road, Urmston, outside Whittaker’s Fish & Chips and Pinocchio’s Takeaway.
  • A5145 Edge Lane, Stretford, between A56 Chester Road and Kings Road. The measures will be located in both directions.
  • Old Hall Lane, Sale Moor, between B5397 Dane Road and the bus stop layby near Wythenshawe Road. This measure will only be in the south-west bound direction.
  • A5145 Edge Lane, Stretford, between Kings Road and Cromwell Road (at the entrance to Longford Park). This measure will only be achievable in the east bound direction.

Locations for long term options include: 

  • A56, Sale/Stretford – Glebelands Road to approach to Barton Road/Chester Road gyratory (Northbound) Bridgewater Way which is located next to the WCC entrance.
  • A56, Sale/Stretford – Newton Street to Glebelands Road (Southbound).

We need to combat air pollution

Trafford residents are being urged to do their bit to help cut air pollution in the borough as part of new public health campaign.

The call comes as many more parts of Greater Manchester including Trafford have higher levels of air pollution than previously thought.

A recent report reveals that 152 stretches of road in Greater Manchester will still be in breach of legal limits for concentrations of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) beyond 2020 unless action is taken.

This new analysis has been discussed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as it looks to implement the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.

And a new Greater Manchester public health campaign and air quality website – www.CleanAirGM.com – has been launched. This aims to raise awareness of the serious impacts of air pollution and show how residents, businesses and local authorities can work together to tackle it. The website gives the latest details on the development of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.

Poor air quality is the largest environmental public health issue facing the UK. Road transport causes 80% of NO2 emissions at the roadside, mainly from diesel vehicles.

Pollutants are linked to a wide range of serious health problems, reduced life expectancy, and contribute to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester alone.

Greater Manchester is one of dozens of areas in the UK instructed by Government to put forward proposals to tackle NO2 air pollution on local roads as soon as possible.

All 10 Greater Manchester councils are developing a single Clean Air Plan to reduce NO2 in close collaboration with Public Health England and the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU).

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change at Trafford Council, said:

“Air pollution is killing people across Greater Manchester and we can all do our bit to help improve air quality and ultimately save lives.

“For example I think most drivers would be surprised to know that they can be exposed to more pollution inside their vehicle than pedestrians or cyclists. So on short journeys I would encourage people to walk or cycle rather than use their cars. For longer journeys people should be considering public transport where possible.”

“As a council we are already actively expanding the amount of cycle lanes we have across Trafford to encourage more people to leave their cars at home.”

Eleanor Roaf, Greater Manchester’s lead Director of Public Health for air quality, added: “Air pollution is the number one environmental public health issue in Greater Manchester. And it’s children, older people and those in poor health who are hit hardest by polluted air. But it’s not just them who would benefit from this problem being tackled effectively. Polluted air increases the chance of hospital admissions and trips to A&E. It’s harming our health and is linked to increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer.

“That’s why urgent steps need to be taken to ensure this issue is tackled as quickly as possible.”

Possible measures shortlisted by Greater Manchester in March 2018 as part of this process include: increasing public transport capacity; upgrading or retrofitting the public transport fleet to run on cleaner engines; increasing the use of electric vehicles through expanding the electric charging point network or financial incentives; better traffic management; encouraging use of alternative fuels; expanding and improving cycling and walking infrastructure; and potentially introducing Clean Air Zones, where the most polluting vehicles may attract a penalty payment if they are driven into certain designated areas.

No decisions have yet been made about the potential options for tackling air pollution. A further report on options for reducing NO2 levels across Greater Manchester will be considered by Greater Manchester councils and the GMCA in the next couple of months.

Stretford Town Centre Update

  • Council Preparing more detailed public realm improvement works for consultation in early 2019
  • Continuing to pursue site acquisition of Essoldo block
  • Expressions of interest for future development to be sought shortly
  • Continuing to liaise with Mall

The Council has reviewed all comments received following the engagement session on 2nd October. These are being used to inform initial design works for the next phase of public realm improvement works, focused on Edge Lane and a stretch of the A56, and the preparation of more detailed proposals for the Lacy Street site.

The Council is continuing to pursue site acquisition/CPO for the Essoldo and adjoining units on Edge Lane; expressions of interest for the future development of this area will be sought shortly. It is the intention to engage further with the local community in early 2019 around emerging options for these important sites in Stretford Town Centre.

The Council is continuing to liaise with the owners of Stretford Mall regarding future development on the site currently being cleared but no firm proposals are available at this stage.