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:

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

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Proposed New Motorway Services Junction 7/8 M56 Bowdon

The Society has recently had a meeting with representatives from the Tatton Estate, the Westmorland Family and the Pegasus Group who are the project managers. The meeting was cordial and constructive, but the committee had some reservations which included the following:
Loss of a large area of greenbelt land close to the picturesque village of Rostherne
Is there a need for a service area in this locality? Knutsford Services on the M6 is 6-7 miles away, Lymm Services is about 8 miles away, even Sandbach is within the Government recommended 28 mile radius.
Further increases in traffic noise and the visual impact from Bowdon Village.
Tatton Services is an 80/20 partnership between the Westmorland Family and The Tatton Group, who manage a portfolio of developments on the Tatton Estate where the site is proposed.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENTS HAVE NOW FINISHED
More information is available on the official website where you can leave feedback:
Should you have any questions, please contact the Project Team via the following email address:  tattonservices@pegasusgroup.co.uk
PLEASE LET THE CIVIC SOCIETY HAVE YOUR VIEWS ON THIS, PREFERABLY THROUGH THE WEBSITE CONTACT PAGE OR FACEBOOK & TWITTER

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Electric vehicle charging network 

Britain’s EV charging network is not keeping up with growth in the sales of electric vehicles.  Last year (2020) 108,205 EV were purchased, an increase of 186% on the year before.

By contrast, a total of 4,270 new public charging points were installed in the same 12 months, just a 26% increase.

Britain needs around 12,000 new public fast chargers per year to maintain current ratios to new vehicles. By 2050 an estimated 25 million charging points will be required.

Trafford is currently a ‘charging desert’, compared to other authorities.

With over 14% of recent car purchases being electric, the future has arrived and Trafford is well behind.

The Civic Society thinks having plenty of electric charging points will be absolutely essential to any place which considers itself a destination and wishes to incentivise people to visit in the first place, as well as to spend dwell time.

It is to be hoped that the retail parks and big supermarket car parks in the future will have more charging points, as it will certainly influence where people choose to shop and spend their time, while their car charges.

Any new development should ensure it at least has the electric capacity already in place and ideally the cabling, even if the chargers are installed later. The Regent Road car park developer has advised us that they will install ten fast chargers, or a lesser number of rapid chargers. We feel this is a drop in the ocean considering the size of the car park, as it is also serving residents of the apartments.

By 2030 there will be many more Hybrid and Fully Electric cars on the road. Please give us your views on this either through the website contact us page, Facebook or Twitter. We would like to hear from as many people as possible so we can feed back to the developers and Trafford Council.

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HERITAGE BUILDINGS AT RISK
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 altrinchamandbowdoncs@gmail.com.
If volunteering please include your name, address and phone number.
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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.

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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”.

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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

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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.

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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.

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 4th August 2021         Refresh pages regularly to see up to date content

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