For more up to date information on current issues and in depth reports from our guest speakers,
read summaries of our Committee Meeting Minutes by CLICKING HERE:


The following issues are currently being discussed and worked on by the committee.


The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) is the only official, up to date, register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England – listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields.
For some time Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society has been keen to create a Local Listing of Important Heritage Assets.  We are fortunate in that Lis Lewis, Heritage Development Officer for Trafford has managed to negotiate some funding on a Greater Manchester Level and wants to move forward with the project.
The problem is that many buildings fall into the category of locally but not nationally important. So Local Listing aims to fill the gap. It offers some protection but not as high as national listings or conservation areas.
Lis is looking for volunteers to help with the project and also residents to suggest monuments, registered parks, gardens or buildings which they think are worthy of inclusion.
If you would like to volunteer or send in a suggestion please reply using the website contact form or direct to
If volunteering please include your name, address and phone number.

The future of the Devisdale

Some concerns recently over the future of the Devisdale and who ultimately will take responsibility for it’s upkeep.
Leslie Cupitt our Green Spaces Lead said ” The Devisdale as a green space is common land, so it is already an Asset of Community Value. It’s like a village green, you can’t build on it”. It was agreed we need to contact Trafford and Amey about it’s continuing maintenance.


Town Centre Flooding

Angela Stone our Town Centre & Business Lead has been looking into creating more green areas to alleviate flooding issues.
At a recent meeting she reported: “Following up from our AGM I’m keen to talk to Stephen O’Malley to look at what we might be able to do to alleviate flooding problems in Altrincham town centre. I have done a lot or work with Andy Hague to sort out the grids on the A56 and Regent Road (including us all physically clearing the grids!). Sarah has come up with an idea to green up bus shelters, Information from Clodagh (TfGM) suggests this might be difficult, but it’s worth exploring”.


Future of Altrincham Town Hall

The Society has now submitted a new application to Trafford for the Town Hall to be listed as an Asset of Community Value.


20-minute neighbourhoods
20 minute neighbourhoods are places where residents have easy, convenient access to many of the places and services they use daily, including grocery retail, restaurants, schools and parks, all without relying heavily on a car.
It’s a spatial reordering of our urban settlements. They become characterised by a vibrant mix of commercial and residential uses, all within an easy walk, cycle or public transport.
They have higher concentrations of people and are complete with the pavements, bike lanes and bus routes that support a variety of high quality transport options.
Reordering our streets and public spaces to encourage these active travel choices, also creates the opportunity to meaningfully embed green infrastructure, bringing higher levels of climate change resilience as well as amenity, biodiversity and better pollution management.
Read the full article from Stephen O’Malley on CLICK HERE

Heritage at Risk-Broadheath Canal Warehouse

The Civic movement is about protecting our heritage for future generation.
One of our most significant local heritage assets is at very serious risk.
The Broadheath Canal Warehouse 1833 is now is in an extremely poor state of repair and preservation.
Unless we get something done to protect this heritage asset it is going to be lost for ever.

Local authorities have powers to force a property owner to improve their property if it falls into disrepair.  If the property owner does not comply with the improvement order the local authority can make the improvements itself and put a charge on the property, registered at the Land Registry, to recover its costs and interest upon sale of the property.
As always agreement is far better than enforcement. Most property owners will make the improvements if they have the funds available to carry out the work. We understand that Trafford Borough Council would like to talk to the owners about the future of the building.

The revised report on the building is now available. CLICK HERE TO READ IT

Pictures of the interior are available in a second document, CLICK HERE TO READ IT


Promoting safer cycling and walking around Altrincham

The Society has been contacted by Councillor Michael Welton (Green Party) for support, as none of the public realm improvements agreed by Trafford feature local streets and spaces.

Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society promoted the centre of Altrincham as a more pleasant place for walking and cycling with improvements to the public realm a decade ago. We approached Plan-it and were mentored by Poynton Town Council a front runner in public realm design. Everyone now knows the success of Altrincham Forward in turning the town round.

At another crisis point we are happy to support our Ward Councillors to install further improvements for safer cycling and walking in and around the town.

If you have any views on this, please contact us via Twitter, Facebook or the website contact page.



Outside the town centre we continue to work with Bowdon Conservation Group.

We sit on the Broadheath Partnership, work with Stamford Brook Residents Association and the Friends of the Cowfield in Oldfield Brow. Broadheath Partnership met and minutes will be forthcoming.

If you have any comments or suggestions about any of the above, please get in touch
via the CONTACT US page, we would be pleased to hear from you.
Or contact your local councillor directly and copy us in.

Last updated 11th June 2021         Refresh pages regularly to see up to date content

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