This is the website of the Whalley Range branch of the Labour Party. The ward is located in south Manchester and includes parts of Manchester Gorton and Manchester Central parliamentary constituencies. You can contact the branch team using this link.
Reduced traffic due to lockdown has helped the City Council press on with the £100m road improvement scheme.
Road resurfacing is currently underway on Mayfield Road, and on 1 September is due to start on Dudley Road and Hazel and Manor Avenues.
Assia Shah, Whalley Range Labour candidate at the next local election in May 2021, says “Poor pavements and roads cause problems for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. People who live on and near these roads have been talking to us about the poor surfaces for some time – it’s good to be moving ahead with the work now.”
The Whalley Range Climate Action group has arranged an online lobby event with Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Kahn on Friday 21 August at 3pm. The discussion will focus on the global justice aspect of the climate emergency. Everyone in Manchester Gorton constituency is invited to take part. It is an opportunity to discuss the importance of global justice in our fight for a stable climate and to hear what he has been working on already.
To register to take part in this lobby event, please use this link.
As promised, Manchester City Council are pressing ahead with a £100m road investment programme, carrying out necessary repairs and improvements to make the city’s roads usable and safe for motorists and cyclists alike. Following recent major work to Withington Road, there will be two more resurfacing schemes starting in the area this month. Work to the east end of Demesne Road (adjacent to Alexandra Park) will commence on Wednesday 12th and last for approximately 9 days, and work to Edith Avenue and Burdith Avenue will start on Thursday 13th and last for approximately 7 days.
Assia Shah (Labour candidate in the next local election) says “Improvement work to these roads has been a high priority for a while and we’re pleased that it’s been possible to fit this work into the summer schedule. Please get in touch if you need any more information.”
Manchester City Council, with partners Sustrans and Transport for Greater Manchester, have big plans to upgrade the popular cycling (and walking) route along the Fallowfield Loop, and they have launched a consultation to prioritise the improvements.
The traffic-free route links Chorlton in the west to Gorton and Fairfield in the east, running along the southern edge of Whalley Range ward with a ground-level link on Athol Road. Funding for this work has been earmarked from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund. Assia Shah, Whalley Range Labour candidate in the next local election, says “The Council are seeking the views of all users of this much-loved amenity on how this money should be spent. If you ever spend time cycling, jogging or even walking the dog on the Fallowfield Loop, I urge you to let them know how you think it can best be improved”.
The consultation closes on Friday 21 August. For more information and to take part, see the web page here.
Local group Whalley Range Climate Action have organised an online discussion on Thursday 23 July at 7.30pm. The focus will be the city of Preston, the successes of the local government there in undertaking transformation towards a greener economy, and what lessons we can learn for Whalley Range (and Manchester).
Everyone is welcome to take part. For more details and to book a place, see their Facebook post here.