The Dead Living Tree

Many of you will have noticed that the lovely Living Tree that we planted on the Village Green is looking, well, less than living. Unfortunately this tree along with three others in other locations have died. This is despite our collective efforts as a community to welcome our tree to Levenshulme, make it feel happy and keep it watered (huge thanks to everyone who helped with that).

But don’t worry, Levenshulme Community Association has been working with Manchester City Council and the suppliers to find a solution. We are pleased to confirm that the tree will be replaced. This is at no additional cost to us.

A new tree will be supplied and planted later in the year and we will let everyone know when this happens so we can collectively say hello to our new living Living Tree.

Manchester Nightingale Hospital

The government is building several new hospitals across the UK to cope with the demand placed on the NHS because of the Covid19 crisis. The Manchester “Nightingale” hospital is being contracted in the Manchester Central Convention Complex (formerly known as the G-Mex).

Getting Free School Meals During the Covid19 Crisis

Free School Meals

Coronavirus: information about help with food costs while schools are closed.

If your child qualifies and their school is in Manchester, you can Apply for free school meals

You’ll need to contact the school yourself if it isn’t listed.

If your child’s school is outside Manchester, their free school meals will be dealt with by the local authority the school is in. Go to the GOV.UK website and enter the postcode of the school your child attends to find out how to get them.

Which children qualify for them?

Your child may qualify if you have any of these incomes:

  •  Income Support
  •  income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  •  income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  •  the guaranteed part of Pension Credit
  •  Child Tax Credit (as long as your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and  you don’t get Working Tax Credit)
  •  Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit
  •  Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits

Children who receive these benefits themselves instead of through a parent or guardian, can also qualify for free school meals.

Your child may qualify if you are an asylum seeker.

Children who are younger than the compulsory age for starting school but in full-time education, can also get free school meals.

How long can they get free school meals for?

Children who are eligible for free school meals now will be eligible for them until either:

  • they finish school; or
  • if on 31 March 2022 they are still in school, until they finish the phase of schooling they are in (primary or secondary) –

whichever is sooner.

Infant free school meals in England

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can get free school meals whatever your income. But if you have one of the qualifying incomes (above) it will help the school if you tell them this, so they can get extra funding.

Manchester Covid19 Helpline launched

Announcement from Manchester City Council

Manchester Community Response

If you need help you can get it now by calling 0800 234 6123

We have set up a hub to support Manchester’s most vulnerable people, and help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

We want to help you if you are:

  • over the age of 70, are self isolating and have no support network,
  • if you have received a letter from the NHS advising you are high risk, or
  • you are medically vulnerable according to the government criteria.

We can help with things like:

  • Delivery of food
  • Delivery of medication
  • Combating loneliness
  • Managing fuel top-up payments

Help is also be available for other reasons, for example if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer.

Across the City a community of charities, businesses, community groups and the Council have all come together to make sure you have the support you need during this challenging time.

Get help – 0800 234 6123

If you live alone, are struggling to make ends meet, are self-isolating or generally in need of advice or support please contact us between 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Call our helpline to access the support you need.

Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre Closure

Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre has been closed in line with instructions from the government during the current crisis. A payment freeze has been applied for the duration of the closure.

Better, who operate the centre, has made the following announcement:

“In line with Government instruction, we will be closing all of our Better Leisure Centres and Better Gyms across the UK at the end of Friday 20th March, 2020.

The health and well-being of both our staff and valued customers is paramount. We have a social responsibility to everyone in the local community to take action to protect ourselves and others. 

We would also like to help you during this difficult time by automatically applying a payment freeze for all of our members. A payment freeze means that you retain your membership or lesson/course, but will not have to pay during the period that the centre is closed. That means, whether you have an annual, monthly, pre-paid or pay and play membership or lesson/course your Direct Debit payment will not be collected throughout this period. If you would like to know more about how we’re working to help you, or any other queries, visit our dedicated FAQs page.

We are working closely with local public health authorities and receiving all official updates from the Government. We will keep you up to date on what is happening going forward.”

Councillor Advice Surgeries Suspended

Please note the following announcement from Manchester City Council:

“To protect the health of residents the Councillor’s advice surgeries have been suspended until it is felt it is safe for them to resume. This page will be updated when that happens. Until then, please use the email and telephone contact details.”

Councillor contact details are available HERE.

Manchester City Council Coronavirus Advice

Manchester City Council have now launched a section on their website with advice and information.

Levenshulme Living Tree

Levenshulme Community Association is delighted to have worked with partners to plant a living tree on the Village Green.

The new tree will be a permanent feature and means that we will no longer have to pay annually for a Christmas tree. The new tree has been planted in the same position as the Christmas tree is positioned. This means the Village Green remains unobstructed with good views of the Levenshulme Bee and when decorated with lights at Christmas it will be visible from a distance along Stockport Road.

The tree is a sequoiadendron giganteum (giant redwood). This is the best type of tree because it is resilient, long lasting and will establish itself quickly. It was supplied by Glendale Civic Trees, imported from the Netherlands.

We are grateful to Manchester City Council for providing funding through the Neighbourhood Investment Fund. Sponsors also providing funding are:

  • Levenshulme Traders Association
  • Great Places
  • One Manchester
  • Manchester Central Fund
  • Levenshulme Community Association

Thanks to Manchester City Council for arranging all necessary groundworks and in particular to Ikhlas Ur-Rahman, MCC Neighbourhood Officer for providing the support and coordination to enable this project to happen. This would also not have been possible without the support of Levenshulme Councillors Dzidra Noor, Basat Sheikh and Bernard Stone.

The Living Tree also meets several of the aims of the Levenshulme Community Manifesto including to:

  1. Protect and enhance our formal and informal green spaces for recreation and play.
  2. Promote changes for clean air and to reduce pollution.
  3. Improve our urban landscape, for example with more street trees.

Nutsford Vale Saved From School Development

from The Secretary of Nutsford Vale

“As you may have seen in an article on Manchester Evening New’s website yesterday Manchester City Council are now looking to build a school on Showcase Cinema, Hyde Road and not Nutsford Vale. We held our monthly meeting today and we our very pleased with this outcome. As stated on Manchester City Council’s website and the article on line, it has proved far too expensive to build safely on Nutsford Vale. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last three years. NUTSFORD VALE STAYS GREEN!!

Local Election Hustings

The LCA is holding two Hustings meetings for the 2019 local elections.

Burnage Ward

19.30, Thursday 18th April, The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme

Levenshulme Ward

19.30, Thursday 25th April, The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme

These are open, public meetings where anyone can question candidates directly. The full list of candidates is provided below.

Ward boundaries were changed in 2018 with Levenshulme Ward now expanded to include much of what was previously the Gorton South Ward which has been abolished. Burnage Ward has also expanded and now includes a big chunk of what was previously Levenshulme Ward running right up to Albert Road.

Please share and promote these Hustings. They are your opportunity to question candidates who will represent us on Manchester City Council.

Burnage

Candidate’s SurnameOther Name(s)Description (if any)
AliAzra GulshanLabour Party
DundasBenjaminThe Green Party
HossainShahedThe Conservative Party Candidate
RaeIan SidneyUK Independence Party (UKIP)
TimoneyAndrea DawnLiberal Democrats

Levenshulme

Candidate’s SurnameOther Name(s)Description (if any)
CatterallBobUK Independence Party (UKIP)
HickeyAndrew PeterLiberal Democrats
SheikhBasat MahmoodLabour Party
SmithJamesThe Conservative Party Candidate
VenesDickThe Green Party

Election Hustings Meetings 2018

The LCA is holding two Hustings meetings for the 2018 local elections.

Levenshulme Ward

19.30, Wednesday 18th April, The Klondyke, Burnage Range, Levenshulme

Burnage Ward

19.30, Wednesday 25th April, The Klondyke, Burnage Range, Levenshulme

These are open, public meetings where anyone can question candidates directly. The full list of candidates is provided below.

The local elections this year are “all out” elections with ALL councillors up for election – three positions in each Ward.

Ward boundaries have also been changed with Levenshulme Ward now expanded to included much of what was previously the Gorton South Ward which has been abolished. Burnage Ward has also expanded and now includes a big chunk of what was previously Levenshulme Ward running right up to Albert Road.

Please share and promote these Hustings. They are your opportunity to question candidates who will represent us on Manchester City Council.

A6 Resurfacing 22 April – 7 May

MANCHESTER CITY COUNCILTEMPORARY ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 SECTION 14 (AS AMENDED)

ORDER NO. MCC0001742-
The City of Manchester (STOCKPORT ROAD, LEVENSHULME) (TEMPORARY Prohibition of Vehicular Traffic) Order 2017

The effects of the notice will be to prohibit access and egress by vehicular traffic at the side roads connecting onto Stockport Road between Broom Lane and Crossley Road as specified in the schedule to this Notice. Between 07:00 hrs and 19 00hrs Weekends only.

The City Council is satisfied that this prohibition is necessary in order to facilitate Highway Improvement Scheme works. It is expected that the works will be in progress between 22 April 2017 and 07 May 2017 Stockport Road will remain open at all times for the duration of the works.

SCHEDULE

Crossley Road 

Lloyd Road 

Hardicker Street  

Nall Street  

Cringle Road

Broom Lane

Consultation: Funding for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations in Manchester

Manchester City Council is consulting on future funding arrangements for voluntary and community organisations.

“We fund many voluntary and community sector organisations. They’re an important part of the city providing care, support and help to Manchester people.

We want to make sure we get the best value for money, and provide that money in a way that helps organisations to do good work.

Over the past few months we have been working with a ‘co-design group’ made up of people from the council, voluntary and community sector organisations and the NHS, to come up with some new options for funding the voluntary sector in Manchester. We’ve based these proposals on the Our Manchester Strategy.”

See full information and respond HERE

Read the “Our Manchester” strategy HERE

Levenshulme Christmas Lights Switch On

Come and get in the festive mood on Friday 2nd December at the Levenshulme Christmas Tree Lights Switch On and Party on the Village Green.

One of the highlights of the year with entertainment, celebrity guests and free presents for the first 300 children.

Star entertainers include the award-winning, Levenshulme based – ‘The Thomas Cliff School of Dancing’.

The event starts at 16.30 with the lights switch on at 17.30.

The event is organised by Levenshulme Traders’ Association in collaboration with Levenshulme Community Association and supported by local businesses, groups and Manchester City Council.

We’re also looking for stewards and other helpers who will need to be there for 4.15pm at the Village Green.

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting

Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum Meeting
Thursday 22nd September

19.30 @ Inspire, Stockport Road
Open, public meeting, everyone welcome.

  • Find out why our application to the council has been delayed for so long.
  • Hear about our meeting with Sir Richard Leese, Manchester City Council Leader.
  • Raise any issues you have on themes for the group to address in Levenshulme.

Agenda

  1. Update from the forum and designation application
  2. Area of designation vs ward boundaries
  3. Next scrutiny committee meeting Tuesday 11th October at 14.00
  4. Current discussion issues
  5. Party
  6. Next annual general meeting will be in December

LCA Community Forum Wednesday 27th July

The next LCA Community Forum will be held at the Klondykeon Wednesday 27th July. Doors open at 7:15. Meeting starts at 7:30.

The agenda will include:

  • An update on the Levenshulme Neighbourhood Planning Forum
  • News on a new Linked Up Levenshulme Project 
  • Discussion of ideas for crime prevention and safety

There will also be time for anyone to raise concerns of their own about life in Levenshulme.

The LCA Community Forum is an initiative of Levenshulme Community Association. These are open public meetings for everyone in Levenshulme – residents, businesses, landlords, community groups or anyone else – to find out what is going on and raise questions about our area.

Information and ideas are shared with the council and our local councillors to work in partnership for a better Levenshulme.

Stockport Road Resurfacing

The resurfacing of Stockport Road will start on Saturday 13th August. This will take place in three stages as outlined in the letter from Manchester City Council below.

This will be a major improvement to Levenshulme. Thanks to all councillors and council officers involved in securing the funding to enable this work to be completed.

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FROM: Manchester City Council

Date: 20.07.16

Road Resurfacing on Stockport Road, A6

 Dear Sir / Madam,  

I am writing to inform you of resurfacing works to Stockport Road.

Due to securing additional funding for Local Highway Maintenance Manchester City Council will be undertaking significant road resurfacing works on key routes into the City.

Large sections of Stockport Road are to be resurfaced with initial works being carried out between Broom Lane and Matthews Lane.

As a resident or business in the area you will no doubt be aware of how busy Stockport Road is throughout the day. To avoid causing severe delays our works are planned to be done during off peak periods including weekends and nights.

The works have been planned in three sections to minimise disruption.

Section 1 is from Broom Lane to Elbow Street, including the junction of Alma Road. This work is due to commence on Saturday 13th August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;

Saturday 13th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will be done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works.    

Sunday 14th August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Broom Lane to Elbow St. Local diversions will be signed.

Monday to Friday 15th to 19th August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Broom Lane to Elbow Street.

Section 2 is from Elbow Street to Barlow Road. This work is due to commence on Saturday 20th August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;

Saturday 20th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works

Sunday 21st August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Elbow Street and Barlow Road. Local diversions will be signed.

Monday to Friday 22nd to 26th August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Elbow Street and Barlow Road. 

Section 3 is from Barlow Road to Matthews Lane. This work is due to commence on Saturday 27thth August 2016 and it is intended to progress as follows;

Saturday 27th August 08:30 to 19:30 removal of existing surface. This will done using traffic signals maintaining a single lane of traffic past the works

Sunday 28th August 09:30 to 19:30 replacing first layer of surfacing. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Barlow Road and Matthews Lane. Local diversions will be signed.

Monday to Friday 29th to 31st August 21:00 to 05:00 (nights) Replacing the final surface and new road markings. Stockport Road will be completely closed between Barlow Road and Matthews Lane.

Works may be suspended on the Bank Holiday 29th August depending on progress made.

 Diversions will be locally managed with signage.

The dates given are approximate, weather and other factors can delay us but if we make good progress we may well finish early.

The noisiest operation is the removal of the existing road surface and removal of manholes and service boxes. We have planned our operations so that this work will be undertaken on Saturdays from 08:30 to 19:30. Noisy works at night have been minimised as far as possible but there may still be some disturbance. The removal of the existing surface and the laying of the new materials progress at a steady walking pace and although several passes of the machinery is required it is unlikely you will be disturbed for prolonged periods.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties during working hours. However there will be no access for vehicles in the working areas during working hours. Vehicular access to areas adjoining streets and the sections of Stockport Rd outside of the working area will be maintained by Traffic Marshalls.

Please ensure all vehicles are removed from the working areas during the times and dates listed above. Any vehicles obstructing the works will be removed from site by Manchester City Council.

J. Hopkins (Surfacing) Ltd will be carrying out the works on behalf of Manchester City Council.

If you are experiencing any undue problems, please contact the Site Supervisor Tel No. 0771 0712 708 during the working shift.

I apologise for any inconvenience that you may encounter and seek your cooperation.

Should you require any further information, please email the planned maintenance team at Manchester City Council plannedmaintenance@manchester.gov.uk or call on 0161 234 1970

Yours faithfully,

Paul Swann.

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Council Consultation On Takeaways

Manchester City Council are consulting on new powers to control Hot Food Takeaways. 

The consultation is available HERE

All comments must be received by the Council by 5pm on 20th September 2016

The announcement from the council follows:

“Manchester City Council Draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document 

The Council would like to inform you that it is beginning a consultation on the draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document and would welcome any comments you may have on this issue.   

The draft Hot Food Takeaway SPD builds on existing policies in the Core Strategy relating to health and the night time economy, including policies SP1, C1, C2, C10 and DM1. The intention of the SPD is to provide further detail on these policies in relation to hot food takeaways. A copy of the Core Strategy can be found on the City Council’s website http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/download/4964/core_strategy_development_plan.   

The SPD is accompanied by a Consultation Statement and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening. The Consultation Statement provides details related to the previous consultation in the Summer 2015 and how this stage informed the preparation of the draft document. The SEA Screening confirms that there is no need to complete a full SEA. 

The draft hot food takeaway SPD is the next stage following the Issues and Evidence gathering stage, which was completed last Summer. This stage seeks comments on the draft document and there are a number of ways to do this: 

 Through our consultation portal –

http://consult.manchester.gov.uk/portal/planning/supplementary_planning_documents/reports/hot_food_takeaway_spd/draft_hot_food_takeaway_supplementary_planning_document

By email to planningstrategy@manchester.gov.uk 

By Post to Planning Strategy Team 

                City Policy 

                Manchester City Council 

                Level 5, Town Hall Extension 

                PO Box 532 

                Manchester 

                M60 2LA 

All comments must be received by the Council by 5pm on 20th September 2016. 

Following the consultation the Council will consider all the comments and possibly make modifications before adopting the final version of the SPD, at which point it will inform the Council’s decision making process.   

If you require any further information on this consultation please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Friday on 0161 234 4561.”

Green Bins Now Collected Weekly

Food and garden waste will be collected from Manchester households weekly for the whole summer and into autumn.

The green bin collection service, fortnightly during the winter months, has stepped up and will be carried out on a weekly basis until November.
Find out more HERE