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.

Scoping Stretford Mall

The developers for Stretford Mall and Lacy Street, Trafford Bruntwood, have submitted a scoping report request.

The nature of the development in our town centre makes it a requirement to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment with the planning application.

This scoping request is a preliminary exercise to tease out the subject matter that will need to be included within the Environmental Impact Assessment.

Whilst a scoping request is not particularly noteworthy in itself, the description submitted in terms of the plan for Stretford is exciting:

  • Demolition of selected buildings on site;
  • Up to 800 residential dwellings (Use Class C3);
  • Up to 13,000sqm mixed retail and commercial uses(Use Class E);
  • Up to 2,800 sqm public house / drinking establishment / Takeaways / Theatres / Cinemas / Cafes (Sui Generis);
  • Up to 720 sqm of learning and non-learning institutions (Use Class F1);
  • Up to 2400 sqm for local community uses (Use Class F2)
  • Public realm;
  • Landscaping; and
  • Associated infrastructure.

Sad end to ‘Up Top’ project?

The people behind the innovative repurposing of the top floor at Stretford Mall’s multi-storey car park have thrown in the towel on their plans following delays in dealing with the planning application.

There may still be the chance of a couple of cinema events ‘up top’ but the Facebook post from Heather suggests that the chance of getting two summers worth of events from the scheme has diminished.

In the last few weeks we’ve had an entire army of volunteers offering professional skills or just an extra pair of hands and a huge number of amazing cash pledges, we’d like to thank you all individually in the next couple of days and of course all cash will be returned. And the biggest thanks to everyone else too, your massive support really kept us keep fighting tooth and nail beyond the bitter end.

Good bye amazing curiosity garden 🎪, it was certainly nice for us to all dream about you together for a bit 🎏

Up top Facebook Post

Stretford Sorting Office gets go-ahead for demolition

While there are no definitive plans in place for the site, the latest draft of the Stretford Masterplan said it would provide a “mixed development including affordable housing and student accommodation with retail and café and restaurant uses at ground floor level”. 

A source close to the project said the idea was to use the site to reactivate the waterfront, something that had proved popular with residents during the earlier public consultation. 

Place North West

New Plans for Royal Canal Works

According to Place North West, new plans have been submitted for the Royal Canal Works site in Stretford Town Centre.

The developers have submitted plans for four blocks of apartments at the Royal Canal Works site near Stretford Mall, replacing a previous approval.

The application submitted to Trafford Council proposes a low-rise development of four residential blocks ranging in height from three to five storeys and containing a total of 129 flats.

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