Gorse Hill Labour

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

Library move update

We had a constructive meeting today to discuss the pending move of the library into the Mall. I think the majority accepted there was work to be done to bring the community along.

Key Points:

  • Now recognised Bonmarché is too small and other options in the Mall will be pursued (Not Tesco)
  • Groups will be consulted
  • The one 7pm late closing is not feasible within the Mall. Possible additional 6pm closing to maintain hours. Groups that currently utilise the Thursday 7pm closing will need to be consulted to better understand their requirements.
  • Opportunities to do things differently in the Mall will be embraced. Willing to listen.
  • Shelving will be on wheels to provide more flexibility.

There’ll be a much more in-depth consultation regarding the final location in the bespoke premises, but please keep coming with your input on this move. We need to make this the best it can be.

Stretford Library to Move into the Mall

Stretford Library is to move across the road into the Mall. Trafford Music Service will move into the vacated library building and the Claremont Building in Sale which currently houses the music service will developed.

Bringing Trafford Music Service into Stretford would be an exciting outcome and put more artistic endeavour into our town centre. Anyone who has been to a concert at Claremont will know the high quality of performance this brings.

The proposals are contained in the Executive meeting to held 24th January. Clearly we need to ensure the new accommodation at the Mall meets the needs of Stretford, but there’s every reason to be optimistic.

Civic Quarter Masterplan moves forward

The masterplan is back at planning committee on the 11th November 2021.

The changes seem to be formalisation of reduced positive commitments that had already been announced, the disappointing scrapping of a new sports centre and some changes to the cricket club’s commitment.

Nevertheless it does put the Civic Quarter into an accessible form and offers a chance to look at the current ambition.

Plans submitted for Gorse Hill Pub Extension and underground car park

Stop Press: Plans withdrawn 30th November 2021

Quite an unexpected planning application. The plans involve taking out the current rear extension and using that space with the car park for additional apartments. There’s not a huge amount of detail as at this stage the plans are just in outline but it does entail three levels of underground car park accessed from a lift.

The above picture gives a cross section from the side with the new area shown in darker grey. The planning application reference is 105261/OUT/21.

Close of consultation is this Friday 29th October.

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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