Keeping cyclists and walkers in the Loop…

Assia, Aftab and Angeliki meet local cyclists on the Fallowfield Loop

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.

Tackling ageism together – Mary speaks at Council

Mary Watson speaking in Council

At the full Council meeting earlier today, Whalley Range Labour councillor Mary Watson seconded a motion calling on the Council to promote positive images of ageing, raise awareness of the benefits of older workers, and champion more age-friendly activity and infrastructure in our neighbourhoods. Mary used as an example the twelve benches installed in our area earlier this year with the support of Age-Friendly Whalley Range, which have proved really popular with local people, older and not so old.

To hear Mary’s speech in full, click on the image or follow this link.

New management for Whalley Range sports facility

Angeliki Stogia by the 5-a-side football pitches

Many local residents in Whalley Range make good use of the mixed sports and gym facilities (including 5-a-side football pitches) on the Whalley Range 11-18 High School campus, which are shared with the school and Manchester Magic and Mystics Basketball Club. Following a period of uncertainty (when the previous operators Powerleague announced they were withdrawing) the Council have now appointed GLL to take over at the end of February, following submissions by four organisations.

Councillor Angeliki Stogia says “I’m very pleased to hear this news. Aftab, Mary and myself have been in close contact with Sport and Leisure Services since several local residents were in touch about the situation. We’ll continue to keep an eye on things while the transition takes place.”

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New plans for Spire hospital site on Russell Road

Mary and Angeliki outside the site
Mary Watson and Angeliki Stogia discuss the plans outside the site

The Council has acquired the old Spire Hospital site on Russell Road, and plans are now underway for the UK’s first ever Extra Care scheme designed for older LGBT people.

Cllr Angeliki Stogia says “Whalley Range has been chosen for this exciting scheme of 77 homes because of its vibrant and diverse community, and good local amenities. Many Whalley Range residents identify as LGBT, and the number of older people is expected to rise significantly in coming years. Although targeted at LGBT people, the new facilities will be open to all.”

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Talk to your councillors about the Beelines scheme

The Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman has launched a wide-ranging public consultation on the proposed Beelines scheme, to reduce traffic congestion on the region’s roads through improved cycling and walking routes. The proposed network is not primarily for people who already cycle or walk for the majority of their journeys – instead, its focus is to enable the two thirds of people who currently use their car as their main mode of transport, to walk or cycle. More details of the proposals can be found on the TfGM website.
The Whalley Range Labour councillors would like to hear the views of local residents on the scheme, and have organised a drop-in consultation session, to be held on Saturday 22nd September from 11.30am-1pm at Manley Park Methodist Church, 82 Cromwell Ave, Manchester M16 0BG. Continue reading