Monday, 7 February 2011
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Despite the foul weather, over a hundred local residents turned up to vote for which community projects should receive up to £1,000 of CASH grant money to improve and enrich life in Chorlton.
Fifteen different projects put forward their case and among those that were successful were, Oswald Road School gardening project, funding towards the cost of the Big Green Festival and an Arts Trail for the Chorlton Arts festival, help towards setting up a Farmers market on Chorlton Green, an IT project for senior citizens, more “Bee friendly” work at Ivy Green allotments, oral history projects for older residents and the Chorlton Chunky Knitters.
While the votes were counted, refreshments were served and we were entertained by a superb choir from Oswald Road Primary school and excellent musicians from St John’s Primary school.
I hope this successful event becomes another annual “must attend” in the Chorlton calendar.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Chorlton Community Forum
Alan Dean the local police sergeant outlined how crime had fallen in Chorlton in recent months. Burglary and anti –social behaviour had both reduced compared to the previous three months. There are still problems with thefts from and of motor vehicles, but two people are now in custody charged with some of these offences.
Emma Hopkins the Street Environmental Manager has been dealing with complaints about graffiti. There has been a spate of graffiti on buildings, lampposts and street furniture in the centre of Chorlton. Residents and councillors have been reporting it, but as soon as it has been removed it has been reappearing. Emma has been working with the police to catch the culprits. Two arrests have now been made.
Jennifer Connor from Planning and Andy Wilson from Regeneration discussed plans for the District Centre. No planning applications for the precinct have been submitted but the Executive of the Council have agreed a Plan for the District Centre as a whole
This plan wants to see support for independent shops, an improved retail offer, some free car parking, not too many bars and takeaways, enhanced public facilities like schools and the library as well as a sustainable environment. Residents felt there needs to be a balance between businesses and economic improvements and the social and cultural life of the area as well as the environment.
Hopefully there will be more Forums in the New Year. The next event to look out for is the U Decide event on Thursday 4th November at 6.15 pm in Chorlton Leisure Centre. Residents will be able to vote to decide which community projects they want to receive up to £1,000 of funding.
Friday, 3 September 2010
Last year we had the first U Decide event with over 100 residents attending an event to hear bids and vote for schemes they thought should receive grants of up to £1,000. A similar event is being held in this year on the 4th November at the Leisure centre. If you are interested in applying for a CASH grant of up to £1,000 for the U Decide event contact me by phone on 881 9641 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get a form to you or your Group. The closing date for applications is 4th October.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
City Car Club branches out
One City Car is now available from a dedicated bay located on the corner of Manchester Road East and Nicolas Road in the centre of Chorlton to any member of City Car Club. A second car will be provided at the same location when there is sufficient demand.
Each low emission vehicle is available to hire out for as little as half an hour from a cost of only £3.96 per hour. Rates for longer bookings can be as low as £2.06 an hour.
The Car Club allows members the flexibility to use a car without having to own one. It is a green, cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to car ownership.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
The main ideas in the plan are:-
· To improve the retail offer in Chorlton, building on the current high quality independent shops
· To secure improvements to Oswald Road School and Chorlton Library
· To create a sustainable centre with a pleasing environment
· To secure improved car parking for shoppers
· To limit the number of new bars and takeaways opening so the centre is balanced
· To link the new Metrolink to the centre of Chorlton
I very much welcome this plan and look forward to seeing it delivered over the next ten years. Detailed work needs to be done and how fast it can proceed will depend on the economy, under threat from the cuts imposed by the Conservative-Liberal government.
I have already put the plan into action as on the following day I successfully opposed a planning application for a new takeaway on Wilbraham Road by quoting the agreed ideas.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
During the general election campaign the Lib Dems campaigned against a VAT increase, but now they are proposing to support the government’s planned increase. VAT is an unfair tax as it hits the poorest people hardest.
Many local residents signed our petition against the VAT increase and are appalled that the Lib Dems are supporting it. This is one reason why many local residents have recently joined the Labour Party. I hope John Leech is listening to his constituents.
Earlier in the week I was listening to Chorlton residents at the Chorlton Community Forum held in Chorlton Library. Residents were able to raise their concerns about local issues with the police, council officers and local councillors. Issues raised included swimming for over 50s, graffiti removal, biodiversity and planning matters. Another Community Forum will be held in the autumn.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Chorlton Sure Start is based in Chorlton Library and offers support to soon-to-be first time parents as well as parents and carers of children 0-5 years. A range of activities are on offer including:
Parent education classes
Stay and play activities
Advice on weaning
Childminders’ support group.
For more information contact Chorlton Library 881 3179
It is great that there is so much on offer for parents and carers thanks to the Labour Council and former Labour Government. The Lib Dem-Conservative coalition has stated that Sure Start should only be for the most needy families so how long will Chorlton parents have this excellent service?
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Last Monday I visited the Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe. This excellent primary school has managed to achieve outstanding in two OFSTEDs despite being in one of the most deprived areas of the city
The following day I visited St Peter’s RC High School in Gorton. This high school has also achieved outstanding in its OFSTED at the end of last year and in the last two years has had a massive improvement in the number of pupils achieving 5 A*-Cs including English and maths. They have done this by focusing on the basics, and providing one to one tuition, as well as using new approaches such as gardening therapy.
On Thursday I attended a ceremony to mark a significant stage in the re building of Acacias Primary School and extension and refurbishment of Levenshulme High School for Girls. This is a very innovative £23.7m project. It brings together the work of the Building Schools for the Future programme which is rebuilding or refurbishing all Manchester’s secondary schools with the primary school rebuilding programme. The two schools will share a site and have some shared facilities.
Monday, 31 May 2010
The launch event on Saturday 22nd had everything for a perfect day out – great music, good food and fabulous weather. On Thursday I attended an event at Chorlton C of E School with the choir singing and lovely art displays. It’s great that all the Chorlton schools got involved. Some of the pupils’ art work was on display in various cafes around Chorlton.
Thanks to all the performers, artists and volunteers that make the Festival such a success.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
The Metrolink line will be a great asset for Chorlton and provide fast, regular links to the city centre and Salford Quays taking thousands of cars off the road. The funding for this line was provided by the Labour government and supported by Manchester Labour Council. Let’s hope that the Con- Dem government cuts don’t prevent future extensions of the Metrolink to Didsbury and Wythenshawe.
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Labour did very well in Manchester increasing our vote in many wards and maintaining our majority on the City Council. Thanks to all of you who voted Labour. Unfortunately we didn’t hold Chorlton ward but our candidate, Amina Lone, had a very good vote despite being unfairly maligned by the Liberal Democrats. Amina was described as “employment unknown.” In fact she has a record of over 18 years work with community groups and works to support lone parents, minority ethnic residents and other marginalised groups.
As the remaining Labour councillor for Chorlton I will be continuing to represent my constituents and provide a strong voice for Chorlton on the Labour Council. I intend to regularly update this blog with my activities and views on issues in Chorlton. If you wish to raise any issues with me you can contact me by email - email@example.com, by telephone on 881 9641 or by attending my advice bureau held every Saturday morning at 10.30am in Chorlton Library.