Whalley Range and all Manchester will stand together

The terrible attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night has cast a deep shadow over our city. There is a particular resonance here in Whalley Range where police have arrested one of several individuals currently being questioned as they investigate the origins of this outrage.
Community groups and leaders, and many local residents are determined to challenge anyone who tries to use the atrocity to drive a wedge between the different communities who live in Whalley Range, and to reinforce the message that we are Stronger Together. Manley Park Methodist Church (116A Egerton Road North, pictured) have opened their doors from 1pm to 9pm today for all local residents to drop in and make whatever response they feel is appopriate, and others gathered at 3pm at Manley Park Play Centre at the invitation of PCSO Ahmed Farooqi. The Carlton Club are holding a fundraising event for victims on Sunday June 4th (see here for more information).

GMP cycling initiative – don’t get too close

Picture of Cllr Angeliki Stogia with PCSO and camera bikeGreater Manchester Police, along with other police authorities around the country, want to raise awareness of the dangers of ‘close passing’ – when motorists overtake cyclists dangerously without keeping a safe distance.

GMP invited Whalley Range councillor Angeliki Stogia along to the launch exercise of the GMP Pedal Cycle Close Pass Initiative this morning. Plain clothes officers rode special bikes equipped with movie cameras, and motorists who failed to give safe clearance were pulled over and offered on-the-spot education on how to pass cyclists safely. Those who refused or had committed an offence were reported and may face a day at the courts. Drivers without insurance or using their phones while driving were also pulled in.

Angeliki, seen here talking to one of the officers assisting the operation, says “I strongly support this police initiative. Continue reading

Community Speedwatch scheme for Whalley Range

Angeliki Brantingham RdSpeeding cars and anti-social driving continue to be a problem on some streets in Whalley Range and Chorlton. Councillor Angeliki Stogia has been talking to local community organisations about setting up a Community Speedwatch scheme. This is a new initiative where active members of the community join together with the support of the police to monitor the speed of vehicles using detection devices.
Angeliki says “We have a number of people already interested, but we’re keen to hear from more of you who want to help tackle this problem and take a stand against inconsiderate drivers in our neighbourhood.” Continue reading

Local crime concerns

Mobile Police at Manley Park 320WThe total number of reported crimes in this area continued to fall in 2013 – but the bad news is that for some crimes (including burglary) there has been an increase. Our Labour councillors Mary Watson, Aftab Razaq and Angeliki Stogia are in constant touch with the local neighbourhood police unit, passing on concerns from local residents which have been raised on the doorstep or at their weekly councillors’ surgeries. Continue reading