Friday, 6 December 2013

Thanks to Craig Trafford

I would like to thank Craig Trafford for his kind words on today's Manchester Evening News Viewpoints page:

You can watch Wednesday's Full Council meeting online: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/councilmeetinglive

November/December Planing Applications

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

104206/FH/2013/S1 24 Vicars Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9GY
Erection of first floor side extension and single-storey rear extension and elevational alterations

104270/LP/2013/S1 32 Meadow Bank Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester M21 8EECertificate of Lawful Proposed Development for erection of single-storey rear extension

104282/TCA/2013/S1 29 South Drive Chorlton Manchester M21 8DZWorks to tree - proposed felling of Ash tree in rear garden

103875/FO/2013/S1 Lloyds Hotel Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9ANConstruction of boundary wall with columns and railings to a maximum height of 1.5 metres and installation of 3no. jumbrellas top existing outside seating area

103970/FH/2013/S1 6 Hackness Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9HBErection of two-storey side extension and single-storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation

104172/FH/2013/S1 73 Claude Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8DEErection of detached garage and garden room following demolition of existing garage

104202/LO/2013/S1 Lloyds Hotel 617 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9ANListed Building Consent for erection of boundary wall, installation of 3no. jumbrellas and alterations to internal layout including removal of stud walls and formation of new opening

103860/FH/2013/S1 9 Kingshill Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9EZPart Retrospective Application for the erection of single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation following demolition of existing extension

104024/AO/2013/S1 Life & Style 553 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 0AEInstallation of a non illuminated projecting box sign

Christmas Bin collections

What changes apply?
•    Residents with a normal collection day of Monday or Tuesday will have no changes to their collections.
•    In the Christmas week, residents with a normal collection day of Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will have their bins emptied two days later.
•    In the New Year week, residents with a normal collection day of Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will have their bins emptied one day later.
•    All collections will return to their normal day as of Monday 6 January

To remind residents about the changes to their bin collection days over Christmas and New Year, and to give them details of how they can recycle their real Christmas Tree, the Council will be attaching a sticker to their wheelie bins during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

ASPIRE to create and learn

The Edge, Chorlton’s professional little Theatre and Arts Centre, presents and produces professional theatre in its 70-seat theatre space. They have been open since 2011 and audiences are growing as the community of Chorlton learn more about what goes on in the former Sunday School behind the Methodist Church on Manchester Road. The Edge also hosts and runs Workshops, Classes and Courses for all ages in all sorts of creative disciplines.

One of these is ASPIRE, a theatre project for young people with Down’s Syndrome. Supported by Hilton in the Community Foundation, ASPIRE is an opportunity for young people to learn how to perform, how to engage with new people, to concentrate and learn in a friendly, supportive environment. This is an exceptional opportunity for young people with disabilities who would not normally be able to access mainstream after-school activities.

The project has been running since September 2013 and there are 12 young people with ages ranging from 9 to 11. Each young person has individual needs and the drama practitioner works alongside volunteers with specialist skills who nurture each individual so they make the most of this opportunity. Session explore theatre games, imaginative play and singing activities designed to improve focus, group working
skills, speaking and listening skills, problem solving, perseverance, conīŦdence, self-esteem and creativity.

In December, the group will perform a short outcome to family and friends to show how they have progressed. The outcome will be a piece devised by the group and promises to show their new skills and interests.

The parents of Luke, one of the ASPIRE participants, has recently written this inspiring Case Study.

"Luke is 9 years old and a very sociable little boy who loves to entertain. He is never happier than when he has an audience and is encouraging others to participate in his merriment. He is very confident and gregarious, and has a knack for making people laugh. He always manages to lighten a heavy atmosphere or lift a mood and never seems to run out of energy.

“Luke also has Down Syndrome. He attends the same mainstream school that his two older sisters did but although he is incredibly well included in most aspects of school life and accesses all of the learning opportunities that his peers do during school time, he has been unable to benefit as well as they have from the extensive list of extra-curricular activities or enrichment clubs provided at the school on a daily basis after lessons have finished. During school time, Luke is supported by his dedicated teaching assistant to enable him to keep on task and access the same curriculum as his peers but at a level that suits his pace and style of learning and therefore facilitates his progress and development. He studies either along with his entire class or in a smaller group, without appearing to be singled out for special attention whilst also learning to work alongside them without distracting them from their studies or dominating the teacher’s time and attention. 

“This support understandably does not continue after school hours and those of Luke’s friends who are lucky enough to enjoy the many after school activities, do so unaided and at a similar pace to each other. They listen and concentrate well when given instructions by their activity leader who is able to use the children’s age group as a guide when pitching the level of the session they are delivering. Without the right support in these situations and if activities are set at a level beyond his current reach, Luke’s excitement and enthusiasm would become a challenge for the facilitator and would inevitably have a detrimental effect on the experience for the other children.

“Earlier this year we were delighted to discover Aspire, a locally based, weekly drama group that is provided specifically for children with Down Syndrome at The Edge in Chorlton. We always knew that Luke would flourish in an environment where he was encouraged to be imaginative, where he was able to share his love of performing and where he could channel some of his incredible energy. He now looks forward to attending the group every week, where volunteers work alongside the drama teacher to keep the children focused and to encourage their participation in the sessions which are delivered with great skill and warmth, at a level accessible across the varied age groups and developmental stages of its members. As well as learning to harness his energy appropriately, Luke is becoming more attentive within a group situation and responding well to the tasks he is set. This in turn will have a positive effect on his concentration and learning at school. He is also enjoying the social aspects of pursuing an interest and making friends which are so important for living a full and rich life. Aspire has made an enormous difference to Luke in a short space of time and we look forward to him being able to benefit from this project for a long time to come!”

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Take lowest earners out of tax

Manchester City Council will consider today whether the lowest paid workers should be paying income tax. I seconding a Manchester Liberal Democrats motion at full Council calling the for the Government to change the tax rules so that those on the minimum wage would pay no income tax.

Increasing the personal income tax allowance to £10,000 was a key Lib Dem election pledge at the last general election. From next April the single person’s tax allowance will rise to £10,000. Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister recently said this should rise further to £10,500 by 2015. As a result over 133,000 Mancunians and 24.5 million average workers across the country will receive a £700 tax cut before the next general election. Over 14,300 of the lowest earning Mancunians will be taken out of paying income tax altogether.  But the Manchester Lib Dem motion is calling for the threshold to rise even further. They want the Council to lobby the Government so that in future a full time worker on the minimum wage will not pay any Income Tax.

It is only thanks to the Lib Dems in Government that over a hundred thousand Manchester residents are receiving a £700 tax cut and thousands have been taken out of paying income tax altogether. However this is only the start and those on the lowest wages are still paying more than they should; thousands more workers should be taken out of the tax system altogether.

South Manchester Lib Dem MP John Leech tabled a Parliamentary motion on the issue in 2011.
John said: “I was disappointed that no other Manchester or Labour MP signed my motion and backed this idea. However I’m pleased that Nick Clegg is the only party leader to say that people on minimum wage should not pay any income tax at all. He has made it clear that this is central to what the Lib Dems would be pushing for if they are in the next Government."

The Liberal Democrat motion is available as Item 11 on the Council’s agenda: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1916/council

John Leech’s Early Day Motion is available here:  http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/2335

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Stop unsightly Letting Boards

Too many Manchester neighborhoods are covered by forests of unsightly ‘To Let’ boards say local Lib Dems. They are calling on the City Council to follow Leeds Council who have banned the boards in favour of smaller more discrete signs pinned flush to houses. They are calling for the Council to introduce a new code of practice trialing a similar scheme in Levenshulme, Withington and Fallowfield before it’s rolled out across the City.

If successful the code of practice would mean that only one ‘To Let’ Board would be allowed per building, the boards would be no larger than 13ins by 19ins with a white background and black text including a small logo.  Landlords and agents would not be allowed to have ‘To Let’ signs up longer than two weeks after the property had been let.  It would also mean a complete ban on ‘Let By’ boards in the trial areas.

These signs are a major eyesore, there are some streets in Manchester that have these boards up all year round regardless of whether a property is vacant or not.

To Let and Let by signs are also a Burglar’s dream by highlighting shared properties with expensive items to steal. With so many local letting agents, local newspapers and the internet there’s no need for these boards.

The Liberal Democrat motion is Item 13 on the Council’s Agenda: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1916/council

Monday, 2 December 2013

Shop local and protect our high streets says Lib Dems

Manchester needs a huge boost to promote small businesses ahead of Christmas and stop the decline of our high streets. Manchester Liberal Democrats are calling on the City Council to get behind the first ever Small Business Saturday campaign on 7 December. Small Business Saturday has been massively successful in America where it has encouraged people to shop and eat local on the busiest shopping day of the year.

On Wednesday Manchester Liberal Democrats are putting forward a Council Motion asking the Council to back and promote the campaign, support local businesses and learn lessons from the day. The motion also asks for a report on how the Council can ease the pressures high streets face from pay day loan companies, bookmakers, pawnbrokers and businesses too reliant on the night time economy.

Chorlton Lib Dem Councillor Victor Chamberlain, who is putting forward the motion, says: “Small Business Saturday is a fantastic way of supporting Manchester’s small businesses and recognising the massive benefit they bring to our communities and the thousands of Mancunians they employ.

Many of our small businesses are facing huge pressures and we’re seeing the impact on the high street. Too many high streets are blighted by pay day loan companies, bookies and excessive takeaways and licensed premises. Our motion is calling for the Council to learn the lessons from Small Business Saturday so it can continue to support local shops and business people.”

The Liberal Democrat motion is Item 10 on the Council’s Agenda: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1916/council

For more information on Small Business Saturday see: http://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturdayUK

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

New Football Session for ages 6-10yrs

The academy will start on Sunday 15th December and run every Sunday 1.30-3pm at
Chorlton Leisure Centre Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9PQ.

This is a programme designed for beginners in football with an aim to improve football techniques including passing, shooting, dribbling as well as to improve personal and social skills such as communication, confidence, teamwork and leadership.

All sessions are FREE but please note places are limited and it will be based on a first come first play basis.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Chorlton Green needs protection

I've recently been trying to get Manchester City Council to give Chorlton Green protected village green status. You may be aware that Withington Green on Wilmslow Road has recently been under threat of redevelopment. Which is why I want village green status for Chorlton Green to protect the land for the future and prevent it from development. It's a simple process and simply requires the Chief Executive to register the land as a village green to give it added protection. Sadly the Council are so far unwilling to do so. This article appeared in today's Manchester Evening News:

Monday, 18 November 2013

Licence Application: Coriander, 485-487 Barlow Moor Road

Photo from Coriander facebook site
I have received notification that an application has been received by the City Council for a new Premises Licence at: Name TBC, 485-487 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M21 8AG. This is the premesis that Coriander's Chorlton Central Branch now occupies and was formally the New Mai Wah.

A summary of the application is as follows:
Proposed trading hours for the provision of regulated entertainment (recorded music):
Mon to Sun 0000 to 2400

Proposed trading hours for the provision of late night refreshment:
Mon to Sat 2300 to 2330

Proposed trading hours for the supply of alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises:
Mon to Sat 1100 to 2300, Sun 1200 to 2230

Proposed opening hours for the premises:
Mon to Sat 1100 to 2400, Sun 1200 to 2300


If you have any comments, you can make these directly to The Licensing Unit (e-mail: premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk) or write to: The Licensing Unit,PO Box 532, Manchester, M60 2LA  by 11/12/13. The Licensing Authority may only consider a representation relating to the effect of the grant of the licence on the licensing objectives, which are: Prevention of crime and disorder; Public Safety; Prevention of public nuisance and the Protection of children from harm.

As a local Councillor I can make representations to support local residents; as can John Leech MP (leechj@parliament.uk; 0161 434 3334). If you wish for us to do so, please let us know and send us a copy of any representation you may be making.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

My objection to Ladbrokes

482 Wilbraham Road
Last month I blogged about an application by Ladbrokes to convert 482 Wilbraham Road into a betting shop. Residents raised concerns with me about this application. This is the response I sent to the Licensing Department:

"I am writing to object to the above application from Ladbrokes for a new betting shop located in premises at 482 Wilbraham Rd. If granted, this would be the sixth betting shop in Chorlton. This is far more than is required in one district and would be detrimental to Chorlton's reputation as an area of high quality independent shops. An additional Betting Shop is preventing an independent retailer from using the premises and encouraging the creation of jobs and regeneration and prosperity of the area. An additional betting shop is also inconsistent with the Council's own regeneration plans for Chorlton as set out in the Chorlton District Centre Plan.   

The over representation of betting shops is generated by the industry's desire to place Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). As one shop can only have four FOBTs bookmakers are opening many shops in close proximity to maximise the revenue these gaming machines generate. FOBTs are highly addictive and can help exacerbate gambling problems. The clustering of betting shops results in problem gamblers moving between shops and FOBTs to satisfy their addiction. It is possible to bet £100 every 20 seconds at a FOBT which can encourage and exacerbate problem gambling. A Betting Shop is defined as a "Licensed Betting Office” however FOBT is a form of gaming and very different from traditional betting. Newham Council recently rejected an application for a betting shop on this Primary Gambling Activity basis.

I am concerned that allowing this license could encourage antisocial behavior, criminal damage and begging. Crime statistics show these problems are associated with betting shops across the city. This is particularly unacceptable given the proximity of residential areas and schools.

It is difficult to prevent under age gambling on FOBTs. I am also concerned about problem gamblers who have voluntarily self excluded being tempted by a new shop and FOBT. 

I encourage the panel to reject this application."


Monday, 4 November 2013

Free English courses for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

In partnership with Manchester City Council and Manchester Adult Education (MAES), 12 voluntary and community sector organisations across Manchester are offering free beginner English courses for speakers of other languages (ESOL).  These courses  will be taught by volunteer ESOL teachers who are being trained and supported by the MAES Volunteer Programme.

Courses are free and are aimed at people with very basic English language skills.  By attending classes, learners will be able to improve their basic communication skills for everyday life.  The courses are not accredited and do not count towards citizenship, however learners will receive an internal certificate recognising their attendance and achievement at the end of the course

Enrolment will take place during class times from 11 November 2013 but learners will be able to enrol on the classes if there are spaces at any point during the year.  To enrol, learners must bring proof of ID and proof of address.
Teaching starts the week of 18 November 2013.  All classes will take place for 3 hours, once a week and run until July 2014.

Chorlton MP John Leech calls for break-up of big six Energy companies

Chorlton MP John Leech has written to the Prime Minister calling for an urgent inquiry into the UK energy markets. In the letter John Leech MP asks David Cameron to investigate how energy companies came to the decision to raise customer bills by an average of 9.1%. He has also written to Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey asking for legislation to separate wholesale from retail markets.

In the past week energy bosses have faced questioning from MP’s, and blamed price rises on increasing wholesale costs and green levies. However John argues that energy firms have too much influence over both wholesale and commercial markets.

John said,
“In 1997 there were 14 big energy companies. Now there are just 6. Why did Labour in power allow such a small number of firms came to dominate 98% of the market, allowing them to charge extortionate prices.”

He added
“According to Ofgem, wholesale costs went up by 1.7% this year whilst bills are going up by almost 10%. Labour’s promise of an artificial price freeze seems attractive but looks like it might be helping force prices up now. I want a realistic and sustainable solution to this problem.”

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Leech welcomes Turing pardon bill clearing Lords

Campaigning to pardon Alan Turing with John and Cllr James Hennigan at Manchester Pride 2012
Chorlton Lib Dem MP John Leech has welcomed the bill to pardon Alan Turing passing through the Lords.

John will now propose the bill be given a second reading in the House of Commons on the 29th of November.

John Leech said today,
“Alan Turing was a hero to me and lots of people. I am glad that the bill to pardon him is closer to becoming law. It has passed the Lords with cross party support, and I hope that we will see the same in the Commons.”

And John praised Lord John Sharkey, who ably guided the bill through the Lords,
“John has done a great job steering this through the Lords. I hope that the Commons follows suit as soon as possible.”

502-504 Wilbraham road

Photo from 192.com
The Council has recieved a planning application for Chorlton News between Chorlton Bookshop and Croma to be converted into a Cafe/Bar:

103494/FO/2013/S1 502-504 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9AW 
Change of Use of ground floor newsagents ( Class A1) and 1st and 2nd floor bedsits (Class C3) to cafe/bar at ground and first floor with ancillary storage in basement and 2nd floors (Class A4) and creation of outdoor seating area to front and rear, together with installation of 2no. air conditioning units to rear and associated elevational alterations 

You can find out more information about the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk 

This application has raised a fair ammount of concern locally. I've submitted the representation below to the Planning Committee outlining the views that have been expressed to me so far. There is still time to make your own representation by writing to the Dedicated Planning Officer, Melanie Tann  (m.tann@manchester.gov.uk). Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss the application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

"There is a general feeling amongst those that have contacted me that Chorlton already has enough bars and pubs and is being taken over by the night time economy (particularly Bars and Takeaways) at the expense of independent and diverse shops. One resident said: "Chorlton already has more bars than it can sustain. I strongly object to planning permission being given to another." Indeed this application is situated in a former community newsagents and potentially threatens the vitality and viability of Chorlton Bookshop. The Manchester Evening News reported: "Bar opening in Chorlton 'could force popular book shop to close". A resident wrote: " do not think I am alone when I say that Chorlton people need the one bookshop in the area far more than we need yet another bar. To approve this application would be one more step on the road to making Chorlton a monocultural wasteland."

Residents are also concerned that the premises is situated within a conservation area and diagonally opposite the Grade II listed Lloyds Hotel. Some residents feel that if the application is approved it would "detract from the quality and spoil the nature of the conservation area".

There is concern that noise from the premises would detrimentally impact residents in the immediate area, particularly those living adjacent, at Chorlton Heights and at the south end of Oswald Road. 

There is concern about the loss of residential accommodation as it is in high demand in Chorlton and "gives life to the street when shops are closed".

Some residents have told me that they do not have a problem with the application and support seeing a derelict shop brought back into use"

Police Autumn Newsletter


Balancing Acts

Southway have commissioned The Edge Theatre company from Chorlton to create a drama production called ‘Balancing Acts’.

The theme is borrowing, the consequences of making poor choices and debt problems that can result eg to raise awareness of borrowing from Payday/ doorstep lenders.

Bogus callers and scams, particularly involving older victims are also highlighted.

The performances are free and attendees will be entered into a £250 prize draw. There will also be advice stands and refreshments.

The events should be useful for both tenants and workers in the community

Harry Goodwin Bench unveiling

The unveiling of the bench for Harry Goodwin is taking place this Saturday at 10am in Chorlton precinct.  This will also be the day of the first Chorlton Art Market which is also taking place in the precinct.
Nathan Birks, a friend of Harry Goodwin’s, will be making a short speech and a toast to Harry.


Monday, 21 October 2013

Licence Application: Ladbrokes, 482 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 9AS

482 Wilbraham Road currently occupied by The Linen Room.
I have received notification that an application has been received by the City Council for a new Premises Licence at: 482 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 9AS

The application is for a Betting Premises Licence, to authorise the premises to be used for the provision of facilities for betting, by making or accepting bets, by acting as a betting intermediary or by providing other facilities for the making or accepting of bets.

If you have any comments, you can make these directly to The Licensing Unit (e-mail: premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk) or write to: The Licensing Unit,PO Box 532, Manchester, M60 2LA  by 07/11/13. The Licensing Authority may only consider a representation relating to the effect of the grant of the licence on the licensing objectives, which are: Prevention of crime and disorder; Public Safety; Prevention of public nuisance and the Protection of children from harm.

As a local Councillor I can make representations to support local residents; as can John Leech MP (leechj@parliament.uk; 434 3334). If you wish for us to do so, please let us know and send us a copy of any representation you may be making.

List of Chorlton planning applications week ending 4 Oct 13

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

103645/FH/2013/S1 38A Edge Lane Chorlton Manchester M21 9JWErection of two-storey rear extension to form addiitonal living accomodation

103754/TMCOU/2013/S1 Serendipitea 105 Beech Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9EQTemporary change of use from Class A1(shops) to a flexible use as Class A3 (restaurants and cafes) for a single continuous period of 2 years, beginning on the date the building will be used as Class A3 - 01/10/13 until 01/10/15, in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 - Class D

103760/FH/2013/S1 20 High Lane Chorlton Manchester M21 9DFErection of single-storey rear extension and installation of dormer to rear to form additional living accommodation and elevational alterations

103822/AO/2013/S1 16 - 18 Chorlton Place Chorlton Manchester M21 1AQInstallation of internally illuminated fascia sign and internally illuminated projecting box sign

103823/FO/2013/S1 Ladbrokes Plc C/o Agent 482 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9ASInstallation of satellite dish to rear gable and 2 air condenser units to rear elevation of outrigger

103824/AO/2013/S1 Ladbrokes Plc C/o Agent 482 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9ASInstallation of internally illuminated fascia sign and internally illuminated projecting sign

Guest Blog by Nick Clegg: Lib Dems the party of fair taxes

I know I don’t usually send you videos of the Prime Minister. But this one – where he tells me it would be impossible to raise the personal allowance to £10,000 – is worth watching again. Especially now the Tories are desperately trying to take credit for delivering it!

When you hear Conservative activists out and about, claiming that the £700 income tax cut was their party’s doing, remind them of this:

Not only did they oppose the policy before the last election; in the 2012 Budget, when I wanted to go further and faster to reach our  £10,000 target, the Conservatives only agreed to it in return for a tax cut for top earners - cutting the top rate of income tax to 45p.

So while the Liberal Democrats fought for tax cuts for millions, the Conservatives prioritised tax cuts for millionaires. 

Now I hear they’re considering a promise, at the next election, to raise the personal allowance to £12,500. That’s a great idea. So good, in fact, that we’ve already had it. This is almost identical to the Liberal Democrats’ plan to raise the personal allowance to the minimum wage – a commitment we agreed at our Spring Conference last year and which I want to see at the heart of our manifesto in 2015.

The Liberal Democrats are, and will continue to be, the party of fair taxes.

Enjoy the video – and tell us how you’ll spend your £700 here.

Nick Clegg MP
http://www.fairertax.org/

Longford Park General Meeting and AGM

It is the Friends of Longford Park AGM on Tuesday 22nd October 7pm, at the Longfords Suite (next to the Athletics Stadium).

If you're interested in joining the committee, helping out, or just concerned about the park they'd love to see you. The bar will be open for the duration of the meeting!

Website: http://folp.org.uk
Email:     info@folp.org.uk

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Footpath 181 Consultation

The letter, drawings and questionnaire below have gone out from the City Council to residents near Footpath 181 to update them about what has happened and announce the start of a consultation. If you would like a copy of the questionnaire or plans please let me know. There will be a ‘drop-in’ session to discuss the consultation and options at: St Barnabas Hall, Hardy Lane, M21 7GX on Thursday 07th November between 13.15 and 19.45.The drop in session will be held for the local community to come along and discuss the consultation options for Footpath 181 with City Council Officers. You will also be able to drop off any completed questionnaires or alternative options you may have. Let me know your thoughts.

"You may be aware of recent events surrounding a public right of way (Footpath 181), the route of which runs between Claude Road and Barlow Moor Road, and partly along Chorlton Brook.

This public right of way has been unused for over sixty years. The Council recently made an attempt to close it formally. The closure proposal was opposed by some local residents and right of way organisations. The case was considered at Manchester Magistrates Court on 1st to 3rd July 2013. Whilst the Council was granted the closure between Anchorside Close and Barlow Moor Road, the Judge did not accept that the section between Claude Road and Anchorside Close was
‘unnecessary for public use’ and ruled that this section of the footpath should not be closed.


The Council is required to ensure that the part of Footpath 181 that has not been closed by the Court can be used. Before we begin work to ensure that the path can be used, we want to consult with local residents, businesses and interested parties on possible diversions of the path. The consultation will close on 23rd December 2013. The Council will consider the responses to this consultation and make a decision in January 2014 as to whether to promote a diversion of the remainder of Footpath 181. If a diversion is promoted then a formal procedure for the diversion of the footpath will be commenced. This procedure will include an opportunity for interested parties to object to the diversion and may result in the diversion being refused.


We would like to hear your views on each of the options (described in full below and illustrated on the attached drawings) and also your comments / ideas on any other routes that you feel should be considered. Please complete the questionnaire, making sure that you complete the name and address section of the questionnaire (we want to ensure that the local community and other relevant stakeholders have their say.)






What is the consultation asking?


Since the ruling, a number of formal notices have been served to the Council, ordering obstructions to be removed from - and the overall clearance of - the footpath. We have, therefore, contacted those individuals and / or businesses, who have ‘built’ across the footpath, asking that any obstructions are removed.


We recognise that use of the footpath will bring about significant problems for some householders who have invested in their gardens and extended over the path.


This consultation aims to determine whether there is a better route than the current right of way.


What are the options?


There are five separate options. We want to know whether any of options 1, 2, 3 4 or 5 are acceptable alternatives to the ‘Default Option’. The ‘Default Option’ - The drawing showing the ‘Default Option “ indicates a route along the existing line of Footpath 181 as shown on the Council’s Definitive Map avoiding numbers 9 and 11 Anchorside Drive. This line will run along the edge of Chorlton Brook, through the gardens adjacent to numbers 9 and 11 Anchorside Close and onto Anchorside Close.
 

If none of the alternative options are chosen by the Council then this ‘Default Option’ will have to be the option that is implemented.
 

Options 1 & 2 - The drawing showing ‘Alternative Option 1 and 2’ indicates a complete bypass of what is the current line of Footpath 181. Both 1 and 2 involve the construction of a new footbridge across Chorlton Brook, with a new access point to be formed on Anchorside Close. Option 1 then shows a new route formed through the rear of Meade Manor and Option 2 shows a new route to be formed through the front of Meade Manor, along the existing line of the brook. Both options will create good links to Metrolink.
 


Option 3 - ‘Alternative Option 3’ again indicates a complete bypass of what is the current line of Footpath 181. This option involves the construction of a new footbridge across Chorlton Brook, with a new access point to be formed on Anchorside Close. A new access point will also be formed through a fence and onto Rainbow Close (subject to agreement and approval). Again, creating good links to Metrolink.

 

Option 4 - ‘Alternative Option 4’ indicates the existing line of Footpath 181 with a minor diversion around Anchorside Close. The footpath will remain intact for almost its entire length but will be accessed through a new opening to the north of Anchorside Close. The diversion will pass around Anchorside Close and rejoin the current line of the footpath at the side of 9 and 11 Anchorside Close.
 


Option 5 - Alternative Option 5 shows a path following the route of the default option with a minor diversion through a new opening in the existing fence to the rear of Arden Court with the footpath emerging onto Oakhouse Drive.

If you would like to discuss any of the options with council officers, we’ll be organising a drop in event at St Barnabas Hall, Hardy Lane, M21 7GX on Thursday 07th November between 13.15 and 19.45 and would urge you to come along. The closing date of this consultation is 23rd December 2013, however, with the Christmas period being a busy time for mail deliveries we will be accepting returns until Monday the 30th December. Please make sure that you’ve completed and returned your questionnaire to us by this date using the return envelope provided.


We will contact you again in early 2014 with the results of this consultation. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can contact either of the officers detailed below. Thank you for your help with this process.
 

Yours faithfully,

Mark Glynn
Strategic Area Manager 

(0161 234 5120; Email: m.glynn@manchester.gov.uk)

Mark Goldstone
Neighbourhood Manager
(Tel 0161 234 5501; Email: m.goldstone@manchester.gov.uk)"

Autumn events at the Horse and Jockey

Kids and dogs battle it out in the ring - 20% off food and drink - Treason and Plot hits the Jockey - Old-Lady Wisehands – All keep us entertained this Autumn at the Horse and Jockey. We hope you can join us for our Autumn line up……

!LOOK OUT FOR THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW PUB MENU &  BRITISH FUSION RESTAURANT THIS NOVEMBER!

Dog Versus Child: battle of the beastliest - Halloween Pageant
Sunday 27th October at 1pm - 3pm
On Chorlton Green, Horse and Jockey,


The Horse and Jockey is hosting a Halloween pageant for dogs and children and will crown one lucky winner with either a hamper of chocolate goodies or vouchers for Chorlton’s very own dog boutique - Betty and Butch. The Halloween pageant welcomes children of all ages and dogs of all sizes to dress-up in their best Halloween themed outfits to impress the pageant's judges. FIND OUT MORE HERE!

20% off food and drink throughout October
Tuesday – Thursday
12pm – 6pm

Feeding family and friends for less this month as the deal of the month goes to 20% off food and drink ordered together. Not forgetting it’s still 2 for 1 on mains on Mondays from 7pm onwards.


Halloween Stories and Fright
Thursday  31st October at 6pm
The Witches’ Vault, The Horse and Jockey Chorlton


Chorlton’s very own witch, Old-Lady Wisehands invites children of all ages to come and listen to her spooky stories in her cavern. As well as stories and games, she will be bringing ingredients from her own witch kitchen for an interactive tale-telling session.  Come down if you dare!

TREASON AND PLOT TAKES OVER FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Fireworks Celebration on 5th November
The Horse and Jockey Pub, Chorlton M21 9HS
Starting 5pm onwards


Bonfire night will see flocks of people gather on Chorlton Green to enjoy not one, but two of Chorlton's largest firework displays, put on by the on the Green. Chorlton's only microbrewery Bootleg Brewery will also be launching their limited edition treacle stout; Treason & Plot. The drink will be a perfect accompaniment to the array of food that will be available on the Green. Those less tempted by ale will be able to get their fill of mulled cider and wine while Treason and Plot tasters will be handed-out.

Chorlton planning applications from week ending 27 Sep 13

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

103683/JO/2013/S1 Bar San Juan 56 Beech Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9EG
Variation of condition no.3 attached to planning permission ref: 084550/FO/2007/S1 to allow revised opening hours of 9am to midnight seven days per week

103563/FH/2013/S1 26 Zetland Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8TH
Creation of enlarged driveway

103629/FO/2013/S1 103 Cundiff Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8ES
Change of use of existing ground floor retail unit (Class A1) and flat above into four bedroom dwelling and the erection of three-storey, four bedroom dwelling on land to the rear

103710/FH/2013/S1 102 Brantingham Road Manchester M16 8NA
Erection of two-storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation

End hate crime - grants available for activities in your neighbourhood

Manchester wants to end hate crime by building on the city's reputation for celebrating diversity. You can help do this by holding an event or activity in your neighbourhood during Hate Crime Awareness Week.  Your event should raise awareness of hate crime, including what it is and how people can report it.

Your group can apply for a grant of up to £200 to assist you to put on an event or activity in your neighbourhood. Events must take place between Monday 20 January 2014 and Sunday 26 January 2014.

Funding can be used to cover the costs of room hire, decorations, speakers, food, arts/crafts, or any reasonable costs for holding an activity/event as part of Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week.

To apply for a grant and for more information about hate crime, please visit:
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200030/crime_antisocial_behaviour_and_nuisance/5874/hate_crime

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Pampering Day @ St Werburgh’s Church

Pampering Day @ St Werburgh’s Church (386 Wilbraham Road M21 0UH)
Saturday October 12th 11.00am- 4.00 pm

Mini Manicures, Henna Hand Painting, HCPC Registered Podiatrist, Facials, Reflexology, Hand/Foot Massage, Indian Head Massage, Tai Chi/Chi Kung Class 3.00pm
Portrait sketching by local artist Andy Bax,
Children’s face-painting
Treatments offered at a fraction of the usual price.
Free health checks and advice by KPS Pharmacy
also
        Refreshments including indulgent cakes, herbal teas and fruit smoothies
children’s corner, chocolate tombola, raffle
 
Treatments may be booked in advance
Contact Kay on 0161 881 9717/07748471312
kay.khan@btinternet.com
 
Raffle Prizes:-
£10 Kingbee record voucher
Packet of batteries worth £5
Basket of fruit from AJ Adams
Box of chocs from Simon Dunn
2x steak meal with bottle of wine from the Sedge Lynn
Makeup from Boots

Monday, 7 October 2013

Local Authors Night


Guest Blog by Alice de Ville: Chorlton Precinct Art and Design Market

When I moved to Chorlton in 2006, I immediately knew I had made the right decision.  I came here on the last day of June, the day before Beech Road Festival, and Chorlton looked beautiful in the sunshine of that incredible summer.

But then I saw the precinct and I can remember thinking how stange it was that a suburb with a reputation like Chorlton had such a run down shopping centre.  It didn't make any sense to me.  I couldn't understand how it had been left in an almost half finished state, complete with peeling paintwork and empty units.  I feel very passionate about trying to maintain Britain's highstreets and, in particular, independent businesses.  I genuinely fear that there will be no independent shops by the time my 2 year old is a teenager.  My biggest fear is Chorlton turing into 'Everywhereville' and losing the wonderful vibe it currently has.

Since having my daughter and leaving full time employment, I have found myself spending more time in the precinct and thinking about how easily it could be improved with just a little imagination and effort.  I believe that there are a lot of people who think this, but beause of the ongoing plans for redevelopment, people have thought that there is no point in doing anything with what we currently I have.

For me, I just become tired of waiting for something to happen.  At the beginning of this year I began emailing the estate managers of the precinct to find out what was actually happening with it and to see if there was anything that the community could do in the mean time. 

Following on from a 3 week pop up shop in one of the empty units, I have been given permission to organise a monthly Art and Design Market and to raise funds to improve the aesthetic look of the precinct.  I have spent the last few months seeking out fantastic local artists and designers to both sell at the market and to get involved with the beautification plans.

I have set up a campaign on Kickstarter with the aim to raise £2,500 which will be used to fund murals and new wooden benches.  The aim for the first bench will be in honour of local photographer, Harry Goodwin, who passed away in September. The campaign can be viewed at www.chorltonart.org.
Although this money will not cover everything that we hope to achieve, it will get the ball rolling and will hopefully enable us to obtain further funding.

If anyone would like further information, or would like to get involved in the project, please email Alice at chorltonartmarket@gmail.com

Alice set up the Chorlton Design Collective with the aim to run pop up shops to promote local artists and designers and to use unused community spaces for artistic projects.

Chorlton High School Winter Fayre

Last year Chorlton High School held a very successful Winter Fayre. All the proceeds that the school raised were donated to their linked school in Chisila, Africa. They raised over £1,500 which the small community school in zambia used to train local volunteers, and buy much needed resources for pupils.

Chorlton High School are holding another Winter Fayre this year on Saturday 14th December 2013, 11am-1pm. The cost of a stall is £10 for two tables (tables are provided). Last year they had a vast array of stalls such as cakes, jams, honey, homemade wrapping paper, toys, sweets, gifts, jewellery, plants, cards etc. To enable Chorlton High School to have the success they had last year they would be grateful for your support if you were to book a table.

If you are interested and would like to book a stall or know more about the event, please email admin@chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk

Website: www.chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk
Twitter: @chorltonhigh

Thursday, 3 October 2013

JUMP!


Chorlton planning applications from week ending 20 Sep 13

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

103591/FH/2013/S1 48 Claridge Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9WG
Erection of single-storey rear extension following demolition of existing outrigger

101712/FO/2013/S1 8 York Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9HP
Erection of second floor rear extension

103663/FH/2013/S1 37 Beech Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8BX
Erection of first floor rear extension and single-storey side extension to form additional living accommodation

103667/TCA/2013/S1 558 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9LB
Works to trees

103674/FH/2013/S1 5 Bentley Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9WD
Erection of part single, part two-storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation

Licence Application: Tea Hive, 53 Manchester Road

Photo from @TeaHiveTweets
I have received notification that an application has been received by the City Council for a new Premises Licence for premises at:Tea Hive, 53 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PW

The application for a new premises licence has been made as Tea Hive wishes to extend the area for licensable activities to the first floor of the premises.  The current licence held by Tea Hive is for the ground floor and outdoor seating area.  The activities and hours requested on this application are the same as currently permitted (summarised below). The applicant requests that conditions attached to the current licence are included on the new licence if granted:  

Proposed trading hours for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises only:
Mon to Fri 0800 to 2300
Sat and Sun 0900 to 2300

Proposed opening hours for the premises:
Mon to Fri 0800 to 2300
Sat and Sun 0900 to 2300


If you have any comments, you can make these directly to The Licensing Unit
(e-mail: premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk) or write to: The Licensing Unit, Regulatory & Enforcement Services, Premises Team, PO Box 271, Manchester, M18 8YU by 24/10/13. The Licensing Authority may only consider a representation relating to the effect of the grant of the licence on the licensing objectives, which are: Prevention of crime and disorder; Public Safety; Prevention of public nuisance and the Protection of children from harm.

As a local Councillor I can make representations to support local residents; as can John Leech MP (leechj@parliament.uk; 434 3334). If you wish for us to do so, please let us know and send us a copy of any representation you may be making.

Chorlton Art Market



Chorlton Book Festival Appeal -Donate a Book For Kids

Would you like to donate a book/ or two to the Barlow Moor Community Association?

For the first time this year, Chorlton Book Festival includes a Chorlton Book Award for children (see poster image above) and as part of this initiative, is running an appeal for donations of new books.

Chorlton Bookshop is selling the books (at much reduced cost) for this initiative and has a box for these donations in store which will be given to BCMA for children on the Barlow Moor/ Merseybank  Estate.

The new Community Centre (BMCA) http://barlowmoorca.co.uk/ on the Estate will be also doing an outreach library which will need books too so if you wish to donate a book,  please get in touch with Chorlton Bookshop on Wilbraham road. They have the list of shortlisted books for the Chorlton Book Award for Children and can advise.

You might also like to inscribe your name/ business name as a donor (or your company stamp).

Contact details for Chorlton Bookshop are here http://www.fire-hire.co.uk/bookshop.html

For your information:

This year's Chorlton Book Festival runs Fri 15th Nov to Sat 23rd Nov
twitter name @chorltonbf

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday, taking place on 7 December for the first time in the UK, is a day to celebrate and promote small businesses across the UK.

Small businesses in Manchester are encouraged to take part by offering some kind of promotion for the day, to encourage Manchester residents to shop local – both on this day and beyond.

To show your support and for more information, go to www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturdayuk and follow the campaign on Twitter @SmallBizSatUk

Monday, 23 September 2013

How well do you feel the Council is tackling Climate Change?

I'm currently a member of the Environmental Sustainability Subgroup at the Council and we're looking at how Manchester (and the Council) can be 'greener' and more sustainable. As part of this study we're asking for feedback on the low carbon agenda and the work of the Council on tackling climate change. We are asking the following questions:

  • What do you think Manchester Council is doing at the moment to tackle climate change?
  • What would you like to see Manchester Council doing in future to tackle climate change?
  • What can you do to tackle climate change?
Please let me know your thoughts at cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk

Guest Blog by Healthwatch Manchester

Healthwatch Manchester is the consumer champion for health and social care. It aims to be the voice of local people, representing their views on health and social care. We will achieve this by listening to local people directly, going in and investigating local services and teaming up with other voluntary organisations already working in the field.

If you are interested in getting involved as a Healthwatch Manchester Volunteer then please contact tom.skinner@healthwatchmanchester.co.uk to request an application pack.

Chorlton Planning Applications from week ending 6 September 13

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

103415/FH/2013/S1 17 Willaston Close Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester M21 8BJErection of two-storey side and singlestorey rear extension to form additional living accommodation

103542/TCA/2013/S1 556 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9LB
Works to trees

Chorlton Children's Book Award

The first ever Chorlton Children’s Book Award is part of this year’s Chorlton Book Festival. A shortlist of eight of the best books for 9-12 year olds has been selected by students and staff from local schools.

Now is your chance to vote for your favourite! The winner of the Chorlton Children’s Book Award 2013 will be announced at a celebration event at Chorlton High School during the Chorlton Book Festival in November. If you vote, you may be invited!

For more information contact: Rachel Hockey, Library Resource Manager, Chorlton High School, Nell Lane. r.hockey@chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk



Thursday, 19 September 2013

Licence Application: Bar, 125 Manchester Road, Chorlton

I have received notification that an application has been received by the City Council for a new Premises Licence for premises at: Bar, 125 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PG. This premesis is between 1847 and De Nada.

Proposed trading hours for the provision of regulated entertainment
(live music, recorded music):
Sun to Thur 0800 to 2400
Fri to Sat 0800 to 0100

Proposed trading hours for the provision of late night refreshment:
Sun to Thur 2300 to 0030
Fri to Sat 2300 to 0200

Proposed trading hours for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises only:
Sun to Thur 0800 to 0030
Fri to Sat 0800 to 0200

Proposed opening hours for the premises:
Sun to Thur 0800 to 0100
Fri to Sat 0800 to 0230


If you have any comments, you can make these directly to The Licensing Unit
(e-mail: premises.licensing@manchester.gov.uk) or write to: The Licensing Unit, Regulatory & Enforcement Services, Premises Team, PO Box 271, Manchester, M18 8YU by 27/09/13. The Licensing Authority may only consider a representation relating to the effect of the grant of the licence on the licensing objectives, which are: Prevention of crime and disorder; Public Safety; Prevention of public nuisance and the Protection of children from harm.

As a local Councillor I can make representations to support local residents; as can John Leech MP (leechj@parliament.uk; 434 3334). If you wish for us to do so, please let us know and send us a copy of any representation you may be making.

Chorlton Planning Applications from week ending 30 August 13

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.


103320/FH/2013/S1 22 High Lane Chorlton Manchester M21 9DF
Installation of canopy and decking to rear

103494/FO/2013/S1 502-504 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9AWChange of Use of ground floor newsagents ( Class A1) and 1st and 2nd floor bedsits (Class C3) to cafe/bar at ground and first floor with ancillary storage in basement and 2nd floors (Class A4) and creation of outdoor seating area to front and rear, together with installation of 2no. air conditioning units to rear and associated elevational alterations

Chorlton Plant Swap event - Saturday 21st September

Chorlton Plant Swap is holding its Autumn swap on Saturday 21 September from 9-3pm at Chorlton Street Market outside the library on Manchester Road. You are invited to dig up surplus plants that have spread over the summer in your garden as well as spare seeds or ones you have collected.

Try out handy little guide to collecting and saving seed, available on the website at http://www.chorltonplantswap.org.uk/ChorltonPS%20seed%20saving%20guide.pdf 

International Women's Day 2014

Manchester’s chosen theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is ‘Women as Peacemakers’. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, International Women’s Day 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in conflict resolution and peace building. There will be grants of up to £500 to create IWD events and activities in March 2014, and groups are invited to apply. 

Visit manchester.gov.uk/iwdgrants for more information and an application form, or email internationalwomensdayinfo@manchester.gov.uk

There are many untold stories about the lives of women in our city whose acts of courage, campaigning ability or sheer determination have contributed to peace at all levels.  March 2014 will be an opportunity to celebrate the lives of these women and ensure their stories are told.

What Nick Clegg, and the Liberal Democrat team in Parliament, have said "no" to the Tories on:


Thursday, 29 August 2013

Kieran Fest 2013


Chorlton Library Listed

Chorlton Library in 1951 (c) Manchester Libraries
You may have seen this story from the Manchester Evening News confirming that Chorlton Library has recieved Grade II listing from English Heritage.

This is fantastic news and  is the result of Chorlton Lib Dems' year long campaign to protect the Chorlton landmark after it's future was thrown into doubt by City Council plans. John Leech MP even raised the issue in Parliament.

I am delighted that Chorlton Library has been given the recognition and protection it deserves. This is great news for Chorlton and our heritage. Our Library is an architectural and historical gem of Manchester. It is a real local landmark and loved by Chorlton residents and visitors.

The Council has thrown the future of the building into uncertainty with its plans to relocate library services. By selling it off to developers the building's importance could be lost. Thanks to the listed status the building has received vital protection and will continue to be loved and enjoyed for decades to come.

Next year marks the Library's Centenary. I can't wait to celebrate it with other local residents. Getting Listed Status for our Library is a brilliant birthday present.

Manchester Evening Mail marking the opening in 1914
The City Council are planning to vacate the current building and build a new joint Library and Leisure Centre. As part of this plan the Council will give the current Library building away to property developers to help cover the costs. Whilst there is not currently any specific threat to the building its future is uncertain once it has been given away. Thanks to the new listed status the building's exceptional architectural and historic interest has been aknowledged and listed building consent must be applied for in order to make any changes to which might affect its special interest.

Chorlton Planning Applications from late August '13

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

103100/FO/2013/S1 West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC Off Brookburn Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8FF
Erection of single-storey clubhouse extension incorporating an additional 50 seats for spectators, installation of photovoltaic panels on rear elevation of roof, erection of covered standing accommodation for spectators

103339/FO/2013/S1 West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC Brookburn Road Chorlton Manchester M218FF
Temporary planning permission for 50 seater spectator stand for 3 1/2 years pending construction of clubhouse extension

103242/AO/2013/S1 Halifax Plc 579-581 Barlow Moor Road Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester M21 8AE
Installation of 2no. internally-illuminated fascia signs, 1no. internally-illuminated projecting box sign and 1no. internallyilluminated ATM collar sign to existing ATM

103197/FO/2013/S1 Vairochana Buddhist Centre 76 High Lane Chorlton Manchester M21 9XF
Installation of ground level window to west side elevation

103300/FO/2013/S1 Out of the Blue 484 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9AS
Installation of canopy to front of premises

103362/FH/2013/S1 27 Stockton Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9FB
Erection of a single storey side extension

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Recent Chorlton Planning Applications - Aug '13

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

102728/FH/2013/S1 238 Manley Road Chorlton Manchester M21 0RD
Retrospective application for the erection of outbuilding to form gym

103018/FH/2013/S1 33 Neale Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9DPErection of single-storey rear extension with re-roofing of existing outrigger

103046/FH/2013/S1 29 Ivygreen Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9FFErection of single storey rear extension, following demolition of existing outrigger and associated elevational alterations

103078/TCA/2013/S1 13A Edge Lane Chorlton Manchester M21 9JHWorks to tree

103092/FU/2013/S1 Royal Oak Hotel 440 Barlow Moor Road Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester M21 0BQUse of part of the public highway outside the Royal Oak for the placing of tables and chairs.

103103/PDE/2013/S1 9 Beale Grove Chorlton Manchester M21 9DDErection of single-storey rear extension measuring 4.2 metres, height at eaves not to exceed 3 metres and height at the highest point not to exceed 4 metres

103139/JO/2013/S1 Soap Opera 32 Beech Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9ELVariation of condition no. 4 attached to planning permission 101559/FO/2013/S1
to allow increased opening hours of 9:30am to 10pm seven days a week

103164/VO/2013/S1 Oswald Road Primary School Longford Road Chorlton Cum Hardy Manchester M21 9PL
CITY COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT Erection of a 2 storey high extension, incorporating access lift, to create a 3 form entry school

103181/FH/2013/S1 2 Redland Crescent Chorlton Park Manchester M21 8DLInstallation of rear dormer and roof extension

103245/TCA/2013/S1 35 South Drive Chorlton Manchester M21 8DZWorks to trees

102871/FH/2013/S1 15 Meadow Bank Chorlton Manchester M21 8EFInstallation of lightwells to front of property

103179/FH/2013/S1 52 Kensington Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9NUApplication of external wall Insulation and render system to partially rendered front elevation with tile hanging to first floor bay window.

103180/FH/2013/S1 10 Crimsworth Avenue Chorlton Manchester M16 0FBErection of part two, part single storey rear extension, single storey side extension and 2m high side brick and timber boundary wall

103187/FO/2013/S1 482 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9ASChange of use from retail (Class A1) to financial and professional service use (Class A2) and installation of a new replacement shopfront and roller shutter

103247/FH/2013/S1 146 Manchester Road Chorlton Manchester M16 0DZErection of part two-storey, part singlestorey rear extension together with alterations to roof to form gable roof from hipped roof

103154/FU/2013/S1 13 Corkland Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8UPChange of use from doctors surgery (Class D1) to 5no. self-contained flats (Class C3)

Friday, 26 July 2013

Weekly list of Chorlton planning applications we 5 July 2013

Below are recently submitted Planning Applications in the Chorlton area. You can find out more information about any of the proposals on the City Council's Planning Portal at http://tinyurl.com/yv6lex or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: r.hall@manchester.gov.uk . You can also make a Planning representation (in support or opposition) to Mr Hall or the designated planning officer for each application. Please feel free to contact me on (07947383740; cllr.v.chamberlain@manchester.gov.uk) if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.


101876/FO/2013/S1 55 Manchester Road Chorlton Cum Hardy Manchester M21 9PW Change of use from ground floor shop (Class A1) to restaurant and hot food takeaway (sui generis) together with the erection of a single storey rear extension, new shopfront, the installation of a fume
extraction flue, elevational alterations and the creation of a new access

102812/JO/2013/S1 12 Edge Lane Chorlton Manchester M21 9JF
Variation of condition no. 2 attached to planning permission ref: 096370/FO/2011/S1 to allow for alterations to the elevations and layout of the scheme

102898/FH/2013/S1 |7 Buckfast Close Chorlton Manchester M21 0RY
Erection of a two storey extension to rear of property with flat roof and Juliet balcony to side and a raised timber deck at rear of property.

102903/FH/2013/S1 1 Belwood Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8BS
Conversion of hipped roof to gable.

102922/FH/2013/S1 14 High Lane Chorlton Manchester M21 9DF
Erection of roof extension to rear
  101826/FH/2013/S1 13 Dartmouth Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8XL Erection of single-storey rear extension with decking and elevational alterations

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Message from Friends of Longford Park

Longford Park Cafe is due to open this Sunday 21st July at 10am initially serving coffee, cake, sandwiches and ice creams.

Soon, this new family park cafe will open 7 days a week also offering bread in partnership with Uprising Bakery, warm scones from the oven at 3pm, a full brunch menu at weekends, slow cooks & stews for lunch, homemade kid’s lunch & occasional summer barbecues.

Find out more about Caffeine & Co by visiting their Facebook site:-


Alice an Extraordinary Adventure - Open Air Theatre Saturday 31st August 5pmTickets Now available:-
Tickets are now available online atwww.heartbreakproductions.co.uk, or call0161 864 2414. Tickets are priced at £13/adult; £10/OAP/Student; 
£8/Child (5-16years); £40/family(2 adults & 2 children).

Heartbreak’s ingenious and highly energetic adaptation blends both of Lewis Carroll’s volumes (Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass) to produce a fast paced production full of engaging dialogue, inspiring music and magical adventure.

Renowned for their award winning open air theatre, this brand new production is bursting with Heartbreak’s unique combination of interactive and imaginative theatre style that promises to be a captivating treat for all the family.


Hope you can join us!


Regards from all the Friends of Longford Park