Covid-19 – mutual support and help in Whalley Range

A quick update from the three Whalley Range Labour councillors (Aftab Razaq, Angeliki Stogia and Mary Watson) :

These are of course very challenging times for all Whalley Range residents. We hope you can remain safe and well as we move through this uncertain period.

Some people have asked us about local neighbourhood ‘mutual support’ groups to help us all cope in the current crisis. We are encouraging anyone who would like to get involved in this way to join and engage with the Whalley Range COVID-19 Facebook group. You can check there to see if a local WhatsApp support group has been set up for your street, and follow the listed links to join it – or if your immediate neighbourhood doesn’t have one yet, of course you can set it up.

Alternatively, for any individual who is keen to offer help directly, Whalley Rangers have organised a short questionnaire so that they can be safely matched with residents who may need help or just a reliable point of contact (ie someone to ‘look out’ for them).

Unfortunately we have been advised that we should no longer hold face-to-face advice sessions, so these are suspended for the time being. But please be assured that we are still working hard for you – you can always contact us by phone or email, follow the links on our web page here.

And more generally – let’s look out for each other, be kind, and follow official advice. The Council has a web page of useful information here, where you can also sign up for updates.

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.

Four more years for Angeliki in Whalley Range

Philip ManktelowLiberal Democrats199
David SempleConservative Party123
Angeliki StogiaLabour Party2,524
Eliza TyrrellGreen Party777

The Whalley Range Labour candidate Angeliki Stogia was returned for a new four year term as Manchester City Councillor in the local election yesterday, on a turnout of just over 33%. Both her personal vote and majority have increased since the election last year.

After the count, held today in the Central Convention Centre, Angeliki said “I’m really grateful to the people of Whalley Range for electing me as their representative on the City Council again and I hope I can repay their trust.”

Our 2018 election promises – how have we done?

Before last year’s election, the three Whalley Range Labour councillors (Aftab Razaq, Angeliki Stogia and Mary Watson) set out some of the commitments that Labour were making for Manchester City Council in the year ahead, if they were re-elected. One year on, they’ve prepared a detailed report showing how the Council has performed against each of these promises.

In their 2018 election address, delivered to every accessible household in the ward, they wrote:

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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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