Tatton Arms development bid on Northenden green belt thrown out by councillors


Cllr Chris Webb

Councillors have rejected plans to build houses on the site of the Tatton Arms pub in Northenden which has been left derelict for more than eight years.

Awais Shahid of Britannia Group & Grasscroft Property wanted to develop the former pub into nine apartments and build an additional 14 houses on green belt land.



Local residents questioned whether building on the green belt was necessary to make the Tatton Arms development viable and were concerned about the impact on trees and wildlife as well as on parking in the area.

Councillors visited the site yesterday (Thursday Feb 23) and rejected the plans saying residents’ concerns had not been addressed.



In a statement on behalf of Northenden’s three councillors – Chris Webb, Mary Monaghan, and Sarah Russell, they said: “This application as it stands, does not in our view, represent the best interests of the local community.

“We desperately want to see the Tatton Arms redeveloped and urge the owner and developer to engage with planning officers to work through the concerns of local residents and come back with a more suitable proposal.”

REVIEW: Funny Girl @ The Palace, Manchester

optimized-funny-girl-sheridan-smith-fanny-brice-photo-credit-johan-perssonIs there anything Sheridan Smith can’t do? Gritty drama, sit-com, and now a faultless performance in the hit Broadway musical, Funny Girl.

Smith excels as Fanny Brice, the role made famous by diva Barbara Streisand in the film which tells the true story of a gawky girl stumbling her way into the limelight rising to stardom as part of the hugely popular Ziegfeld Follies.

This bitter-sweet tale weaves together the glitz of Brice’s fabulous career and her rocky relationship with husband Nicky Arnstein. Smith delivers a masterclass in musical theatre, with outstanding performance of those classic tunes,  which include People and Don’t Rain On My Parade. Read More…

Charity launches course to help people with cash woes

downloadA Christian charity is running a course in Brooklands aimed at helping people cope with the  impact of money worries.

Brooklands Church of the Nazarene has become one of the first in the UK to train with charity Christians Against Poverty to offer life skills.

The course begins on 7th March 2017. Starting at 7.30pm each Tuesday, it will run for eight weeks, with a one week break for Easter. Organisers say the sessions will provide advice about money management, healthy eating, practical skills, time management, improving relationships and dealing with the pressures of everyday life.

One-to-one coaching will also be available for those that feel the need for more support. Each session will last from 60 to 90 mins, with community time first to chat and make friends.


To find out more call Lucy on 07926710736 or email lucyfrost@caplifeskills.org

Wythenshawe MP backs scheme to target 8,518 children hit by toxic debt

wp-1478947269179.jpegA leading children’s charity has revealed that 8,518  children in Wythenshawe and Sale East are living in families affected by toxic problem debt.

And MP, Mike Kane has backed calls for a new scheme to help the families regain control of their finances as data from the Bank of England shows unsecured household debt rising at its fastest rate since the financial crisis.

An analysis by The Children’s Society estimates that 4,920 families in the constituency are affected by problem debt and the charity says that children in low-income families with multiple debts are more likely to suffer from mental health problems than equivalent families with fewer debts.  Read More…

Roll up, roll up! Circus Funtasia are back in Wythenshawe

circusfuntasia-globe1After the success of last year’s show, Circus Funtasia have returned to Wythenshawe Park. But expect to see plenty of new faces entertaining the crowds, as well as some old favourites.

“Our talented acrobats Duo Stefaneli are back, with two dramatic gravity-defying performances,” explained Tracy Jones, founder and ring mistress. “And we welcome Duo Peris, all the way from Spain, who will be wowing audiences with their incredible roller-skating act and aerial feats.” Read More…

Wythenshawe charity AgeUK wants your votes

Wythenshawe-based charity Age UK Manchester is calling for votes and support from the local community this week, having been shortlisted in a competition to receive a canteen kit out as part of the Holland’s Pies Hunger Busters campaign.

Following research revealing that only 38% of North West residents take a regular lunch break due to lack of time and facilities, Holland’s, launched the Hunger Busters competition offering worthy causes across the North West the opportunity to update their canteen and fill it with a stash of pies.

Age UK Manchester based at Crossacres Community Resource Centre, provides day care, home care, clubs and a Community Café.  The charity was chosen by a panel of judges from entries from across the region and is joined on the shortlist by three other groups in a public vote which launched on  February  9th.

Organisers say Age UK Manchester’s entry impressed the judges, with the panel citing that its great work to provide support for the elderly made it more than worthy of a place on the Hunger Busters shortlist.

Showcased on the Holland’s Facebook page, the shortlisted groups now have one week to gain as many votes as possible to bag the grand prize.

Kim Hyde, from Age UK Manchester, said: “Age UK delivers numerous well-attended and impactful services in the heart of Wythenshawe, Manchester. This prize would bring us both short term impact, by way of the provision of Micro 2 Go slices, and long-term benefits as the new white goods would be most welcome for use in our Community Café – helping us to provide low-cost, fresh lunchtime meals to older people and the wider community. Any votes and support the community can offer would be gratefully received!”

Leanne Holcroft, Brand Manager at Holland’s Pies, said: “We were blown away by the level of entries we received for our contest, there are certainly lots of deserving people out there working hard in our region. Age UK Manchester’s entry, in particular, really stood out due to all the amazing work the team does with the elderly in the local community.

“With its Community Café always in need of new equipment and fresh facilities, we know the Hunger Busters campaign prize would be going to a great home if Age UK Manchester was to win next week. I’m sure the community of Wythenshawe will join us in wishing the team the best of luck in the public vote.”

To see the full shortlist and vote for Age UK Manchester head to Agora Pulse app link. The final winner will then be announced on Thursday 16th February.

Wythenshawe MP drops by for Benchill Big Breakfast

img_8100Wythenshawe MP, Mike Kane took the chance to learn about how Benchill Primary School breakfast clubs helps feed pupils and ensures that they get the best start to the day.

The club has been running for almost 20 years with more than 70 pupils ranging from three to eleven attending every day. Read More…

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