Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Edge in Chorlton is running FREE Creative Courses

The Edge in Chorlton, runs JUMP, an Arts Club for unemployed people and people on a low income. The courses are designed to build self-confidence and emotional well-being, as being a step towards finding work. 

Funded by Manchester City Council and the Skills Funding Agency, they are keen to get the information out so as many people as possible can take advantage of these courses, all run by professional practitioners.

Courses include: Singing for Fun, Painting & Drawing and Writing for Theatre.

Singing for Fun is run by The Edge’s Musical Director Simon Waters. This ten-week course is designed to improve heart and lungs as well as a sense of belonging and community.

Painting & Drawing will teach people new skills as well as aiding with concentration and observation, over six weeks.

Writing for Theatre will also develop creativity, imagination and general writing skills, during a ten-week course.

To book, call 0161 282 9776 or email

Listings informationJUMP Singing for Fun Course
Starts Wednesday 5 March
10 sessions: 11am – 1pm

JUMP Painting & Drawing Course
Starts Thursday 13 March
6 sessions: 1pm – 3pm

JUMP Writing for Theatre Course (evening)
Starts Wednesday 23 April
10 sessions: 7pm – 9pm

JUMP Writing for Theatre Course (daytime)
Starts Monday 28 April
10 sessions: 11am – 1pm

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Use Airport windfall money to implement Twenty’s Plenty for Manchester

Manchester Council should use part of the £14million windfall it received from Airport shares to introduce 20mph limits on Manchester’s residential roads say local Lib Dems. Nearly two years ago Chorlton Lib Dem Cllr Victor Chamberlain put forward a successful Council motion calling for 20mph limits on all of Manchester’s residential roads. Cllr Chamberlain has now applied to use part of the Council’s Clean and Green fund established from the airport dividend to see them rolled out across the city. 

Cllr Chamberlain said: “20mph limits not only help save lives and prevent road injuries but they also make our roads more useable for everyone. 20mph limits encourage more people to walk and cycle, result in fewer greenhouse gases and reduced noise pollution. 

Introducing them on our residential roads would be a good way to help mitigate the environmental impact the Airport has and make our city cleaner and greener.”

South Manchester MP John Leech , who won BRAKE's Parliamentarian of the Year for Road Safety, said: "The Council has received a one off windfall from the Airport group. Manchester Liberal Democrats are rightly calling for this money to be invested in our future. Introducing 20mph limits will prevent countless road casualties and injuries but it will also make our residential roads nicer places to be and more environmentally friendly." 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Chorlton Landmark to under go £750k refurbishment

Horse and Jockey undergoes a three quarter-of-a-million pound refurbishment

Chorlton based pub, The Horse and Jockey, is excited to announce that they will be re-launching in late March after a £750,000 refurbishment.

Following the overhaul the Jockey will re-open with a completely new concept, menu, and interior design. The refurbishment will see the current interior reconditioned and rejuvenated in to a contemporary and classic style.  The revamp will also see the kitchen extended to accommodate a more detailed menu.

Management believe the refurbishment will not change the essence of the pub but instead enhance it. General Manager Claire Lockhart explains, ‘We don’t really want to loose what the pub is, we’re still are a family friendly place but we don’t want to be outdated either. So we’re really welcoming the change but don’t intend to loose the charm.”

The launch party will take place on the weekend on Saturday 29th March with live bands and entertainment from 6pm onwards all for free. Join the Horse and Jockey mailing list for more information on how to get you free tickets and up-dates on the line-up.

February '14 Planning 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 or by contacting the South Area Planning Group Manager - Roger Hall; Tel: (0161) 234 4536; email: . 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; if you wish to discuss any application and please also send me a copy of any representation you make.

104436/FO/2013/S1 547 Barlow Moor Road Chorlton Manchester M21 8ANChange of use from house in multiple occupation to five apartments, including basement conversion with lightwells and new stair access, ground floor rear raised deck and dormer roof extension at rear.

104578/FH/2013/S1 9 Brooklyn Avenue Chorlton Manchester M16 0BYErection of part single, part two-storey rear extension and two-storey side extension, together with the erection of a front porch (Class C3)

104617/FH/2014/S1 30 Chequers Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9DY
Erection of single storey rear extension and decked area to existing house (Class C3)

104678/FO/2014/S1 496 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9ASChange of use of vacant shop (Class A1) to cafe (Class A3) with installation of extraction flue to rear and erection of single-storey glazed extension to front

104786/FH/2014/S1 39 Maidstone Avenue Chorlton Manchester M21 9NDErection of two-storey side and rear extension to form additional living accommodation

104811/AO/2014/S1 Clear Medical 591 Wilbraham Road Chorlton Manchester M21 9AFInstalltion of externally illuminated projecting sign.

104877/PDE/2014/S1 5 Swinfield Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9FU
Erection of single-storey rear extension measuring 3.3 metres to the rear, with a maximum height to ridge of 3.83 metres, and measuring 2.5 metres to eaves height

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Jacksons Boat Footbridge

Manchester City Council will be constructing a new disabled access ramp and steps on the Manchester side of Jacksons Boat Footbridge.

The current arrangement makes access difficult for cyclists and near impossible for wheel chair users and prams to use without assistance.

The works will start on the 17th of February and be completed by April.

The Council will keep the bridge open for the majority of the project but it will be necessary to close the bridge for a few days to enable certain works to be undertaken safely.

The closure dates will be:
19/2/2014 to 21/2/2014 and 17/3/2014 to 20/3/2014

If you have any questions please let me know.