Cladding removed from Wythenshawe tower block following review by landlord

Wythenshawe Community Housing which runs social housing in the town says it is removing cladding from a tower block in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy in London.

The social landlord said in a statement today it is working with the Greater Manchester Fire service on a comprehensive review of tower blocks in Wythenshawe.

They’ve confirmed they began removing 78 panels today from part of their Village 135 scheme.

The statement following comments earlier this week from Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane that note of the tower blocks in the town have cladding association with the rapid spread of the fire at Grenfell.

WCHG Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said: “I want to reassure all our residents we take their safety very seriously. We immediately commissioned an extensive review of all our 10 tower blocks following this tragedy, which has flagged up a small area of failed panels on one scheme. We have taken immediate action and are in the process of having these panels removed and are working closely with the Local Authority and Greater Manchester Fire Brigade”.

Chair of the Board, The Bishop of Manchester, The Right Revd David Walker said: “WCHG have reacted without delay commissioning this review, following this terrible tragedy, the safety of our residents is our first priority and immediate action is now being taken to resolve this”.

Greater Manchester Fire Service said: “Following Village 135’s test results, we have conducted a fire risk audit, which has concluded that this building is safe for all its residents. We are happy with WCHG’s active and passive fire systems.”

‘Rogue employee’ caught fly-tipping costs Wythenshawe firm £800

picmapA Manchester company has been ordered to pay a penalty of more than £800, after admitting to fly-tipping  in Wythenshawe.

Wrafter Building Services Ltd, of Parkend Road, Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at a hearing on 13 June 2017, at Manchester Magistrates Court. Read More…

Reds break ground for new Manchester Health Academy five-a-side pitch

FA press release (1)Manchester United star Daley Blind and former midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger officially broke the ground for a brand new full-sized all-weather pitch, and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, at Manchester Health Academy in Baguley

The £1m project into improving the Academy’s sports facilities has been supported by a £386,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

Manchester Health Academy’s site currently benefits from a community gym, sports halls, large playing field, an all-weather pitch and Brooklands Public Library, with on-site parking for Academy staff and users of the community facilities.

The next phase of work will see the addition of the new full-sized all-weather pitch and floodlit 5-a-side Multi Use Games Area, plus additional parking opening in the Autumn. This is great news for the area and local amateur clubs, to whom the facility will open outside school hours.

The support from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund builds upon its significant investment in Manchester towards grassroots sports facilities, which the Fund replicates in all regions across the country. Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 65 grants worth £16m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £37m across the whole of Manchester. Nationally, the Foundation has helped invest more than £1.4bn into the grassroots game.

Principal Damian Owen said: “Securing funding for these new facilities is something that I’m very proud of.  Manchester Health Academy strives for excellence in teaching, learning and facilities.  The plans for these new pitches meet FA criteria, allowing our students and the local community to enjoy their sports on top class, professional standard pitches.”

The Academy is currently investing £10 million to transform its estate, including a new dedicated English and maths block and new dining room to welcome new students into the Academy as part of their expansion programme.

Audio visual business launched from a Wythenshawe bedroom makes a big noise on the international stage

Richard Bowden, Managing DirectorFrom humble beginnings in a back bedroom in Wythenshawe, technical production supplier business Sterling Event Group now works with blue-chip clients and the rich and famous, supplies equipment to numerous far flung countries, has out-grown three offices, employs over 30 members of staff and is turning-over millions of pounds year on year.

Sterling Event Group based in the heart of Wythenshawe, is the brain-child of Richard Bowden, 33, who is now realising his teenage vision. From modest beginnings with one hotel chain client and storing equipment in his parent’s garage, he is now supplying national and international corporates with audio and visual equipment to deliver their annual events. Read More…

Wythenshawe tower blocks “do not have Grenfell-style cladding” says MP

DSC_0131MP Mike Kane has assured residents living in tower blocks in Wythenshawe that none are fitted with the controversial cladding linked to Grenfell Tower tragedy in London last week.

The rapid spread of the fire in which at least 79 people are dead or missing presumed dead, is still being investigated but has been attributed to the use of a type of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding which is banned in Europe and, according to Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, is also banned in the UK.

Councils and housing associations across the country have been ordered to urgently check whether the tower blocks in their areas have been cladded using similar materials to those at the Grenfell Tower. Read More…

REVIEW: Talking Heads @ The Bolton Octagon

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David Birrell (Pic: Ian Tilton)

Bolton Octagon’s season has been completed with a wonderful production of Alan Bennett’s beautifully crafted and bitter-sweet monologues familiar to fans of the Northern bard by TV performances by Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge and Bennett himself.

And David Birrell, Cathy Tyson, and Sue Wallace do great justice to Bennett’s scripts for Chip in the Sugar, Lady of Letters and Cream Cracker Under the Settee.

Birrell is superb as the repressed gay man with a history of mental health issues living with his mam. He successfully delivers a performance  which conveys that typical Northern humour bearing the distinctive Bennett stamp.

Tyson is also more than competent as the the busybody not afraid to to express her views in a series of letters to her MP, the police, the chemist and eventually writes herself into trouble.

But for me it is Sue Wallace who excels in a tear-jerking portrayal of 75-year-old Doris, after a fall in her home considers the options of whether to face her grim fate or end up in a care home.

If you think this production is a recipe for a depressing night out – don’t. This production pulls off the remarkable task of presenting a moving commentary on the issues around loneliness and community  whilst at the same time making us laugh.

It is well worth the trip to Bolton.

Runs til July 8.

DAVE TOOMER

 

General election 2017: Live coverage of the Wythenshawe and other Manchester results as they happen

It’s the day of reckoning. Tonight is the climax of one of the most extraordinary general election campaigns ever. Join the Wythenshawe reporter from about 11pm for what could be a rollercoaster journey. Click here for our live blog.

Mike Kane has held Wythenshawe for Labour, polling 28,525 votes. The result was announced by Lord Mayor and Wythenshawe councillor, Eddy Newman.

Mr Kane paid tribute to the Mayor for his leadership in the aftermath of the terror attack in the city and praised emergency services. He said Prime Minister Theresa May had made a major miscalculation believing she could achieve a hard Brexit.

Both Jeff Smith who held Withington and Lucy Powell who held Manchester Central with more than 38,000 votes said their results were “humbling”.

Graham Stringer held Blackley and Broughton for Labour.

And there will be a new Labour MP in Parliament after former Manchester Lord Mayor, Afzal Khan held the seat with 35,085 votes. Defeated reality TV star George Galloway, who hoped to stage a political comeback, did a Theresa May and didn’t stick around for the result. He polled 2650 votes.

Afzal Khan paid tribute to Gerald Kauffman, the veteran Gorton MP who died earlier this year, calling him a “tireless campaigner for Manchester”.

The final result of the election is a hung parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party. Critics have already pointed out the party’s position on Brexit which appears at odds with the Tories’ position and it’s “historical links with Loyalist paramilitaries”.

 

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