We are pleased to announce that the Society is now a member of the Voluntary Sector North West Organisation (VSNW)
VSNW is a membership organisation that connects to the region’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector through infrastructure organisations, equalities networks and large regional and national providers.
Through local infrastructure organisations and equalities networks they look to support grassroots community organisations that constitute the vast majority of the 30,000 plus groups working in the North West.
Core to their work is their partners and members. They have a membership of over 80 full members and 40 associates who support and engage with VSNW and their mission.
VSNW facilitate key partnerships working in the sub-regions wherever and whenever they can. This includes VS6 operating across Liverpool City Region, the emerging Cheshire and Merseyside VCFSE health and wellbeing Leadership group and the Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group.
Kindly sponsored by Barrington Dental Care, Barrington Green’s new poetry board is up showing the sponsors logo and also displaying the ‘Dentists’ poem by Pam Bradshaw. Congratulations to everyone concerned.
We appreciate that over the last couple of weeks, the amount of patients getting in touch with GP surgeries has risen substantially.
To support practices with the increase of calls and emails, a designated phone number and email address has been set up to direct some of the vaccination enquiries away from practices.
If the enquiry relates to the COVID vaccination, patients can now leave a message with the new COVID Vaccinations Hotline (0161 912 1299).
The hotline will be monitored by NHS Trafford CCG colleagues who will aim to answer all enquiries within 24 hours.
An email inbox has also been set up so that patients can get in touch with their questions on the changes to the rescheduling of doses.
If you feel your practice would benefit from this service, please could we ask that you include the following message on your website or social media channels.
If your enquiry relates to the rescheduling of COVID vaccinations, you can now leave a message
with the new COVID Vaccinations Hotline (0161 912 1299).
The hotline will be monitored by NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group colleagues who will aim to answer all enquiries within 24 hours. You can also email any questions related to the rescheduling of vaccinations to email@example.com
Before getting in touch please see if your question can be answered on our frequently asked questions page as this may resolve your issue much more quickly. Click on this link:frequently asked questions page
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.
Electric vehicles form a crucial part of the Government’s plan to wean the country off diesel and petrol vehicles. The Government has committed £1.3bn to accelerate the rollout of charging infrastructure, ensuring people across the country benefit from the electric car revolution but there is, as yet, no signs of where, when, and how that money will be spent.
The Government has just unveiled a new £50m scheme to increase the number of charge points in rural areas. Under the EV Homecharge Scheme, small businesses, landlords and leaseholders can get up to £350 in state funding to install a charge point. Planning permission should not be required provided they are inside the property boundaries. The Government has also pledged to simplify payments at the charge points and also force operators to provide a 24/7 helpline for drivers.
Help save Stockport’s iconic Grade II* listed Railway Viaduct
Sign the petition to help save Stockport’s iconic Grade II* listed Railway Viaduct from more concealment by the cumulative impact of high-rise apartments as part of the Weir Mill redevelopment. The mill can be reused and saved by enabling development, and the rest of C&C’s proposals have merit. But not at the expense of the iconic viaduct’s concealment. We want the developers to devise a revised scheme without a tower; and the council and corporation to provide compensatory development land to the west.
For full details and to sign the petition click on the link below:
The Society feels the shift to refurbishment rather than a brand new centre is really disappointing, though we understand the financial pressures TL is under. Obviously a lot will depend on what the refit plans look like. They need to be ambitious because the report sees this as the solution for the next 25 years! We’ll particularly want to know if the centre will be closed for the work, and if so for how long.
The report also deals with wider Trafford Leisure provision, so our Planning Lead Paulina will be raising again the lack of wheeled sport provision locally.
We believe Trafford have promised a review of the use of Altrincham Golf Course. Our feeling is that there is space there for improved outdoor leisure facilities alongside the golf, and that this could be a great location for Paulina’s suggested skate park. It is easily accessed by lots of local communities, but away from residential properties who might object.
The Society Looking Ahead – New Student Internship
A new younger audience needs new methods of communicating.
To add to the Society’s existing communications, we will soon be adding more social media.
We are pleased to welcome Jessica Underwood, a student of English and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University, who will be leading our communications makeover.
As part of her Internship with the Civic Society Jessica will create new routes to communicate with local youth using the array of social media.
She already has some exciting ideas how we should be inspiring the next generation to become involved in Civic Society to protect our heritage and evolve in these challenging times. The Internship will form part of her degree studies.
Residents of New Street, Altrincham recently got together and jointly bought a very nice teak garden bench. This has been secured with vast padlocks and steel cables to what we now term as New Street Green opposite 50 New Street. The excellent suggestion for this came originally from Judie Collins, Chair of Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society. The idea being if we ‘gardened’ this land and furnished it we might have some chance of retaining it for the future.
A table and chairs are to follow in Spring, so there’s now a little bit more green space for us all to share.
Some years ago, when street signs were updated, one of the original Enville Road signs was rescued and kept by a local resident. Recently it came into the possession of the Bowdon Conservation Group.
This sign has been restored by our colleagues in the Bowdon Conservation Group and after permission from Trafford and Mary Bainbridge, the owner of the house, which corners Enville Road and Stamford Road, today, it has been put back into position.
We wanted to let you know that there is currently an e-petition for a 20mph zone in North Altrincham.
It asks the Council to reduce the speed limit on the residential roads in the area between the canal, A56, town centre and the railway line. This includes the area streets around Navigation park and primary school, and the roads immediately either side of Barrington Road.
The petition was started by a resident on Bridgewater Road a few days ago, and already has over 125 signatures. The head at Navigation Primary also supports a 20mph limit on the roads around the school.
If you are interested in reading, signing or sharing the petition, it can be found on the Trafford Council website via this link: 20MPH E-Petition
Norman Redhead, Heritage Management Director (Archaeology) at the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service, University of Salford has been in touch with the society. He will be inviting Archaeology England to give a presentation on this excavation for the
GM Archaeology Day in November.
The A56 passing North-South through our town has a very poor record for air quality. Air pollution has been linked to a range of serious health problems. The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan aims to tackle nitrogen oxide emissions from the most polluting vehicles.
The GM Clean Air Plan seeks to upgrade the region’s buses, HGVs. Taxis, and van fleets. There will be an expected £116 million behind the upgrade. More information can be found at cleanairgm.com.
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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