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

TOWN CENTRE

There is great disquiet about the parking situation in the town centre as Stamford Quarter has gone to contract parking without prior notice or consultation. This coupled with the Tesco hours being reduced to 2 hours is harming the town centre. We renew our plea for a town centre parking strategy. We no longer have councillors from the ruling party so are pressing the Greens for solutions to the issues raised.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points
Do you think we have enough electric vehicle charging points in our area? We would be pleased to hear your views so we can encourage more charging points to be installed.

Our Chair Judie and Committee Member Robert Redford had a meeting with CCG’s
(Clinical Commissioning Group ) Accountable officer Martyn Pritchard on Friday 31st May to discuss
accommodation issues within the Altrincham Hub.
The two GP Surgeries involved (Barrington Road and St.John’s) will be working with CCG to send out
individual letters about their moves. Martyn is talking to NHS Property about the car park being available
evenings and weekends to the public. Patients will use a token to access during surgery hours.
He didn’t think St John’s being an out of hours hub would be a problem.
Community services will be moving in (e.g. physios, district nurses) and Martyn is willing to discuss some
community space but NHS Property will have to agree as they are the leaseholders.
He will notify us of further progress.

After a great deal of pushing we finally have the repairs to the hospital frontage ongoing.

We continue to be concerned at the proliferation of A boards. One of the public realm measures was to be
the removal of street clutter. The utility companies’ illegal tarmac on our streets is being addressed by Angela
our business lead who is also working hard on night time economy issues.

We continue to press for the Altair Project to go forward.

The council are awarding contracts for the Grafton’s refurbishment and we really need the walk through
from George St. to Railway Street re-opened.

Altrincham Leisure Centre
There has been talk about replacing the Altrincham Leisure Centre on Oakfield Road. Trafford has appointed a design consultant for the project. We hear that in the next few weeks Trafford will be starting a consultation on the proposals. As soon as more details are known we will tell you.

We continue to voice our concerns about preserving artefacts from the closed St John’s Church where the new owners want to dispose of the war memorial and font. Altrincham Town Hall seems the best option and we have noted there is ample wall space. We are in touch with the Diocese as is Lis Lewis our Conservation officer.

Altrincham Town Hall
We must also renew our efforts to find a home there for Margaret Norris’s Millennium Art work and to repair chairs which are mostly in the basement. We are also urging the installation of wifi in the building to promote its use.

INTERCHANGE

Ian Stuart and the Friends of Altrincham Interchange continue to promote this multi modal transport facility
and once again helped on Marathon Day, with Tour of Britain coming to us in September.

Our late President Bill Speakman VC will have a blue plaque unveiled at the Interchange on 20th June at 2pm.

OTHER WORKING PARTNERSHIPS

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.

Woodstock Park
Woodstock Park in Broadheath is in need of more support and help. The park, sited in the middle of a popular housing estate, is very well designed for typical park users and caters for most age groups. It has an all weather multi-sports pitch, a youth adventure play space, seating and picnic space, and 24 hour access.  See the main article on our Latest News Page  CLICK HERE

We try to get to our parent organisation Civic Voice’s events. Paulina has just come back from Birmingham to report
on good design.

We continue to work closely as members of the Neighbourhood Business Plan design and working groups.

We have commented on the Spatial framework consultation. We have done a Manchester Airport master class workshop and celebrated their 80th birthday with a trip to Barton Airport.

The Friends of Parks meeting at Trafford Town Hall is next week and we have sent in queries.

TRAFFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL

Since the local elections in May 2019 the control of Trafford Council has passed totally into the hands of a Labour lead administration. The Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society are looking forward to working with the new administration to continue the progress in making our local area a great place to live, work, and enjoy.

Conservation Officer
Trafford MBC now has a Conservation Officer. We are pleased to welcome back Elisabeth Lewis. Her appointment came after lobbying by Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society following a Civic Voice campaign. We are lucky to have a Conservation Officer as so many towns are loosing theirs as local authorities seek ways to save money. Although only part time she will be making a valuable contribution in looking at planning applications which involve listed buildings, heritage assets, and Conservation Areas.

The new Chief Executive at Trafford Council Sara Todd, will be the speaker at our AGM on November 20th.
We also use this opportunity to present the Don Bayliss award for Civic Excellence.

We also have a new Partnership Officer Anna Jones who is keen to meet local organisations.
email anna.jones@trafford.gov.uk or go through us.

Rob Chilton the new Trafford Mayor is Chair of Sale Civic Society so we shall be attending his Civic Services
at St Pauls in Sale on 30th June (all welcome).

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 10th June 2019

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