The following issues are currently being discussed and worked on by the committee
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.
Transport for Great Manchester meeting was attended recently by Judy Collins and Ian Stuart. Platform 3 lift is still out of use. Also there is no information about repair of the Café drains.
HOUSE OF FRASER/RACKAMS SITE George Street, Altrincham
An application has been made to re-develop this site into retail, office and residential accommodation. We have sent a letter of objection as there is already plenty of retail space. We think this is an ideal site for an hotel.
Click here to read our objection letter.
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There is great disquiet about the parking situation in the town centre, we renew our plea for a town centre parking strategy. Stamford Quarter had said there was no change to the number of spaces at their car park just a simplification of contract places. The reduction of parking time at Tesco is yet to be resolved. There are rumours of a Lidl on the Broadheath Retail Park which would mean it is even more important that people can shop in the town centre without worrying about parking.
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.
The very active Trafford Cycling Forum continues to have concerns about the Moss Lane cycle way which has already had one fatality and the lack of cycling provision in the town centre.
Altrincham Neighbourhood Plan Design group have met with Senior Planners at TMBC. Updates were given on The Graftons refurbishment. It was hoped that the walk through from George Street to Railway Street would be reinstated. The Moss Lane cycle way public realm was also discussed together with the Rackams site.
Electric Vehicle Charging Points
We are pleased to note that the Tesco Extra Store in Altrincham have now installed 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.
Altrincham Leisure Centre
The Consultation on the new Altrincham Leisure Centre has ended but the Society continues to work with Dan Barlow at TMBC about what should be provided. We have suggested concentration on niche users like small children, teenagers and older people. Any other thoughts welcome.
St John’s Church
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.
OTHER WORKING PARTNERSHIPS
A meeting is pending with Trafford Housing Trust about their town centre estate after they were acquired by London and Quadrant Housing Trust, a housing association operating in Greater London, South East England and East Anglia, based in Lewisham.
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 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. Recently it has acquired new trees courtesy of City of Trees and the new zip wire is awaited.
Amey staff were persuaded to come back to clear litter after saying they wouldn’t. We have also been asked to see if the notice board in the park can have replacement locks which were super glued rendering it unusable.
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.
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.
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.
We also have a new Partnership Officer Anna Jones who is keen to meet local organisations.
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