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

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

If you have any views on this let us know via the usual channels, website, twitter or Facebook.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

We also have a new Partnership Officer Anna Jones who is keen to meet local organisations.
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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.

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