News from and about the Gorse Hill Ward and it’s surrounds.

New Plans for Royal Canal Works

According to Place North West, new plans have been submitted for the Royal Canal Works site in Stretford Town Centre.

The developers have submitted plans for four blocks of apartments at the Royal Canal Works site near Stretford Mall, replacing a previous approval.

The application submitted to Trafford Council proposes a low-rise development of four residential blocks ranging in height from three to five storeys and containing a total of 129 flats.

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Stretford Public Hall gets permission to restore the ballroom

A proposal to refurbish part of the grade two-listed town hall, including restoration of its 3,000 sq ft Victorian ballroom to create a multifunctional community space, has won planning consent according to Place North West.

Trafford Council approved the application for listed building consent under statutory delegated powers, which it is using to determine schemes during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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380 New Homes set for Trafford Bar

100270/FUL/20 | Erection of a residential development (Use Class C3) for 380 units comprising five blocks between 6 and 11 storeys with associated access, parking and landscaping. | Land Bound By Elsinore Road And Skerton Road Stretford M16 0WF

This is a big development targeted at families and professionals. I look forward to seeing how these plans develop. It’s on the site of the former soya works.

That delapidated substation on the corner of Audley Ave?

Plans are in to transform into a house!

100250/COU/20 | Proposed change of use from former electricity sub-station to dwellinghouse and alterations to the elevations inlcuding the insertion of new doors and windows | Land Adjacent To 45 Audley Avenue Stretford M32 9TQ

This substation has been a bit a worry for a few years now. This looks a really interesting application. Apart from the neglect caused by lack of use, there’s quite an attractive building there. If it can be made to work as a residential conversion, it looks an exciting development.

All Trafford Leisure Centres to shut from tonight (Covid19)

Trafford Council and Trafford Leisure is announcing today that all its leisure centres and outdoor facilities will be temporarily closed with immediate effect, from 9pm 20th March 2020.

The health of residents is paramount and our number one priority. We have to limit social contact to safeguard the NHS and prevent more people from catching the virus.

Cllr Jane Slater, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Equalities

Over the coming days and weeks Trafford Leisure and Trafford Council will explore local opportunities to provide the community with outdoor physical activities in large open spaces, allowing the community to keep well and active whilst maintaining social distancing.

Advice from NHS England states that staying active and maintaining physical activity is an important part of remaining healthy. Trafford Leisure will be providing advice and guidance for indoor exercises on its website and social platforms and will also provide its members with complimentary access to Les Mills On Demand, so they can continue their exercise regime at home.

Trafford Leader focuses on support during the emergency

Trafford Council leader Andrew Western says his top priority is making sure essential services continue to be delivered in the borough especially for vulnerable residents as the country battles with coronavirus.

The council is undertaking a range of measures with partners including the NHS to alleviate the impact of the virus and keep residents safe in the borough.

Cllr Western also promised help for residents and businesses who are struggling because of the economic impact of the virus.

This includes repayment holiday for businesses who received money from town centre loan schemes, suspending recovery of council tax arrears, for 12 weeks, and an increase in in local welfare assistance for needs residents.

Cllr Western said the health and wealth being of council staff was a priority and that they are being encouraged to work from home where possible. None of the council’s staff will lose out financially as a result of the outbreak.

Council officers are also reviewing forthcoming events and postponing meetings which are not business critical.

Cllr Western also recognised this was an extremely challenging time for residents and businesses alike and a series of financial measures are being introduced to ease the burden on them. They include:

  • All recovery action on debts, including for prior years, has been suspended for three months.
  • Staff are being redeployed from recovery work to proactively ensure residents get access to financial support, such as the 100% Council Tax Support award to those out of work from day one.
  • The authority will also ensure that its Council Tax Support Scheme (CTS) continually changes to reflect changes in national benefits through the Council’s discretionary schemes.
  • Businesses who have received money from Trafford’s town centre loan schemes can now benefit from a six month repayment holiday to help them.
  • Trafford companies entitled to the extended 100% rates reliefs will no longer be required to pay their 2020/21 business rates bill and therefore Direct Debits due for the 1 April will be cancelled;
  • The council will agree special payment arrangements with any/all other businesses who contact us, initially delaying the 1st instalment due to 1 July 2020, and spreading the remaining instalments over the rest of the year. We will encourage those business to re-contact us again in June if they will have difficulty with the July instalment.
  • As with residents, all recovery action against businesses, including for prior years, has been suspended for 12 weeks.
  • The Council is also working closely with the government to enable speedy implementation of the measures announced for businesses and residents over the last few weeks

The council is responsible for a wide range of services including adult health and social care which involves helping to look after some of the most vulnerable in society in their own homes.

The Council’s Adult Services team is working closely with our NHS partners and care providers to make sure we continue to safely provide these services. It is also increasing the delivery of local welfare assistance (Trafford Assist) schemes food and gas/electricity awards to cover self-isolation periods.

The voluntary sector makes a massive contribution to the health and wellbeing of thousands in Trafford. Council staff are working with Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK, Trafford Housing Trust and Thrive to support the many local community groups that have sprung up to help those most in need. The intention is to establish a telephone line and five community hubs across the borough where volunteers can be assigned to help for example, with food parcels and vouchers

The Council knows how important libraries are to the residents of all ages in the borough and we are doing our best to keep as many as open as possible. The libraries that will remain open are Altrincham, Sale, Urmston and Coppice, with reduced hours. Trafford Assist and Exchequer Services staff will be available in those libraries that are able to remain open to support those in need of specialist advice and support. Libraries will retain computer access for those needing to access the internet from a library, with safe distancing procedures in place.

We are working with our partners Amey to make sure we continue to deliver our waste collection service. As part of this we are reducing green bin collections and concentrating on making sure the grey, blue and black bins are emptied as normal.

Following government guidance we are cancelling or postponing many of our Council run events. Sale Waterside arts centre has unfortunately had to close for the foreseeable future.

Council Leader Andrew Western said:

“We are facing an unprecedented challenge and our priority is to ensure that we continue to deliver essential services to everyone in Trafford but with a particular focus on those who are most vulnerable.

We have already been working closely with health services and other partners to ensure we respond as effectively as we can to what is a very fast-moving situation where national guidance is, by necessity, changing on a daily basis.

Throughout the delay phase the health and wellbeing of our residents, Council staff and people coming to work in the borough will continue to be one of our priorities.

I recognise the Council has a vital role to play in providing civic leadership and setting out what the latest government guidance means for the borough.

Personally, I’ve been made aware that over the last few days local community groups and residents have started to mobilise in support of this aspiration and I welcome their compassion and commitment. We are working with them to support and co-ordinate this activity over the coming days and weeks.

I know that Trafford’s communities and businesses are incredibly resilient and resourceful but that these are unprecedented times which will test us all and our services in the coming weeks and months. We will continue to provide updates and guidance as we respond to evolving circumstances.”

Library Closures from Monday – Urmston will be nearest still open

The information below means that Urmston will be our nearest library for the time being. We’re improving access to electronic resources but it’s unavoidable that our service will be more limited.


In light of the current situation we’ve taken the difficult decision to close some of our libraries across the Borough. However we are working hard to make sure that we still provide you with a first-class library service.

For the time being Altrincham, Coppice, Sale and Urmston libraries will stay open, but due to staff shortages our remaining libraries will be closed from Monday 23 March. In the libraries that remain open, access to public computers will remain, but we will be reducing the number to ensure social distancing.

We are reducing our opening hours to make sure that we always have enough staff on duty, and will now be open until 5pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday from 10am to 1pm. The Open Plus service at Altrincham and Woodsend libraries has also been suspended for the time being.

Even though some of our libraries will be physically closed, we are still open for business online. Don’t forget we have eBooks, eAudio-books, eMagazines and eNewspapers so you can still read-away to your heart’s content. Visit our eLibrary page to find out more.

And remember, we don’t charge fines so don’t worry if you can’t get your books back to us at the moment – plus you can always renew them online. Any books that have been reserved in libraries that are closing will be moved to open branches, so you can still come and collect them.

We have automatically renewed all library cards that were due to expire in the next 3 months.

Bin Collections – food waste to go in grey bins until further notice

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Important information about your bin collections

Update – 20 March

The Coronavirus has had an impact on our waste and recycling service which means we are currently unable to carry out all bin collections.

Our staff will attempt to carry out as many collections as possible with priority given to grey, black and blue bins. The service is reviewed daily so please continue to visit the Trafford website for updates.

Please follow this advice:

  1. Place your scheduled grey, blue or black bins out for collection as normal (check your bin collection calendar)
  2. From Monday 23 March, green bins will not be collected until further notice
  3. Until further notice, food waste should be put in your grey bin. Please do not put garden waste in your green bin. If you compost at home, please continue to use your compost bin
  4. If you are considering home composting, visit the website for hints and tips
  5. Only contact us to report a missed collection of your grey, black and blue bins
  6. Bulky collections –  No new bookings are being taken until further notice. If you have already booked and paid for a collection, it will still take place as scheduled
  7. New bin deliveries – We are still delivering all new bin requests. Please be aware that we are prioritising grey bins for delivery. There is a delay on all other waste containers. We are not able to take payment over the phone. Please book and pay for your new bin using the website
  8. Protect your bin crews – Do not place used tissues in your blue bin. If anyone in your household has a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus, put all used tissues and cleaning cloths in a rubbish bag. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. After 72 hours, the bag should be placed in your grey bin

If you have additional waste or recycling, you can dispose of it at two Household Waste Recycling Centres in Trafford. Details can be found on the disposal sites page.

Please note – The advice may change at short notice.  

Gym to open at White City?

Low cost operator ‘The Gym’ will be opening at White City if plans submitted to Trafford Council go ahead.

Membership of ‘The Gym’ is at low cost, with no minimum contract period. As such members can join for just a single month, or have a break within their membership at nominal cost. ‘The Gym’ opens on a 24 hour basis to ensure flexibility of use by its members.

100151/FUL/20 | Change of use from A1 (retail) to D2 (gymnasium) together with alterations to elevations | Unit 5 White City Retail Park Chester Road Stretford Manchester M16 0RP