Sunday 6 June 2010

Save Our Parks

A Trafford Heritage Society film in support of the campaign to oppose cuts by Trafford Council which will be detrimental to the parks in the borough.

(A film by Jim Stevenson)

Friday 28 May 2010

Email from J Clarkson

We received today, Friday the 28th of May, this email from J. Clarkson on behalf of Sale Hotel LLP:

The owners of The Sale Hotel are pleased to announce that they have agreed to sell the building and the adjoining car park to Greene King PLC, a national public house/restaurant operator.

It is Greene King’s intention to spend approximately £850,000 on the refurbishment of the building, which they intend to operate under their Hungry Horse format. In this regard a Premises Licence Application was made to Trafford on 18.05.2010.

For further information about Greene King and the Hungry Horse format please visit the following websites:

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Clarification regarding sale conditions

The owners of the Sale Hotel have confirmed that there is currently a restrictive covenant in place regarding the future use of the Sale Hotel. This restrictive covenant was put in place by the previous owners and will remain in force until June 2011. What will happen after this is unclear.

THS has been informed there have been a number of parties interested in purchasing the Sale Hotel ranging from public house/restaurant owners to people wishing to restore the building to its original use as a private dwelling. Interested parties may need to clarify different permissions, such as planning permission and licence premises application, depending on their wishes for future use and it is THS's understanding that a number of interested parties would need to seek
various permissions.

THS understands a decision has been made to sell the property to a public house/restaurant operator. As stated above, there is currently a restrictive covenant in force. However, an application for a premises/club premises licence was submitted to Trafford Council on 18th May, regarding which people are able to comment by writing to The Licensing Manager, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0YJ within 28 days of the application.

Thursday 20 May 2010

What next?

The Campaigners to Save the Sale Hotel were led to believe that the building could never be used again as a licenced premises for contractual reasons. Local residents were pleased that this would be the case. Following upon the news that an application has been made to the Local Authority, residents have approached Trafford Heritage Society to ask how this could happen. THS has offered to listen to these concerns and to gauge the weight of feeling against the Sale Hotel re-opening as a club. Some concern has already been expressed that a licenced club will cause an unacceptable level of noise nuisance.

Wednesday 5 May 2010

'This town has been sold to Tesco'

Guardian - 05/05/2010

"...This is what happened in Trafford in March, when a 168,000 sq ft store and accompanying development was granted planning permission, although an application for an 89,000 sq ft store on the same site was refused in 2006. The difference is that this time the redevelopment of Lancashire county cricket club is part of the scheme..."

Read the whole story online...

Friday 30 April 2010

Election Debate on 4th May at 7-30pm at St. Paul's, Sale.

Jane Baugh - On regenerating Sale Town Centre

Jane Baugh advocates more flowers, hanging baskets, and planters in order to improve the image of Sale Town Centre.

(Trafford Heritage Society (THS), a non-politically aligned organisation, interviews Jane Baugh. We are grateful for the opportunity Jane has given... us. The opinions expressed in the film are her own and not necessarily those of THS. Other films, including some with people from other political parties are coming soon...)

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Jane Baugh - the importance of Greenspace

Jane Baugh speaks about the importance of Greenspace in the community with particular reference to the Greenspace Strategy proposed by Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.

(Trafford Heritage Society (THS), a non-politically aligned organisation, interviews Jane Baugh. We are grateful for the opportunity Jane has given us. The opinions expressed in the film are her own and not necessarily those of THS. Other films, including some with people from other political parties are coming soon...)

SAM online: Reopening ceremony for Warrener Street car park in Sale Moor

SALE Moor's resurfaced Warrener Street car park has been officially reopened .

The Mayor, Cllr David Higgins, cut the ceremonial ribbon on Saturday morning.

This was followed by a host of activities laid on by the Sale Moor Traders Partnership, including stalls, refreshments, a tombola, treasure hunt, games and a raffle.

the event raised more than £1,000 for the Mayor's charity, Stockdales...

Sunday 25 April 2010

New Life for Warrener Street Car Park

On Saturday, 24th April the Warrener Street Car Park was officially reopened, following the successful public campaign to preserve it.
In September 2009, a number of residents and shopkeepers received a letter from a Manchester firm of property experts commissioned by Trafford MBC outlining the instruction to assess the existing amenity of Warrener Street car park and its immediate surroundings, which was at a cost of £5000 to the tax payer. One of the considerations of the assessment was to investigate compulsory purchase orders on the businesses in the immediate vicinity to redevelop the site. The redevelopment considered was a new supermarket.

Trafford Heritage Society conducted a survey of local residents and businesses to ascertain public opinion about the assessment. The overwhelming consensus was for the car park to remain and to remain free, as well as for it to be resurfaced. Trafford Heritage Society then coordinated a petition for local people to indicate their opposition to any redevelopment and to communicate their wish for the car park to remain open, free and for it to be adequately maintained. More than 3000 people signed the petition within a short time.

In November 2009, Trafford MBC then confirmed the site would not be redeveloped. To show their goodwill towards the residents of Sale Moor, the Council agreed to resurface the car park. This was completed in early 2010 and was officially reopened on Saturday by the Mayor Cllr David Higgins.

Sale Moor Traders Partnership provided a range of stalls and activities from local businesses and charities. The event was well attended by local people and council representatives. Matthew Colledge, Leader of Trafford Council said he was delighted to be at the opening and:
People are very pleased that their car park here in Sale Moor has not just been saved but its actually been refurbished as well and its of great benefit to the centre here, its a buzzing centre and we want to keep it that way, which is the whole reason why we have ensured that this work has been done to demonstrate were keen to preserve centres like this to future prosperity.

In response to concerns over future charging, Matthew Colledge said:
I just want to reassure all people; customers, residents and the community there will be no charging on this site. It will remain a free parking site

Trafford Heritage Society is very pleased the Council has listened to the views of the local community and hopes this will continue.

Messenger Newspaper: Sale Moor traders celebrate opening of Warrener Street car park

SALE Moor's resurfaced Warrener Street car park will be officially reopened on Saturday.

The Mayor, Cllr David Higgins, will do the honours at 10.30am and this will be followed by a host of activities laid on by the Sale Moor Traders Partnership.

Read the whole story online...

Sunday 18 April 2010

SAM 15 April 2010

Dear Editor,

In your report (SAM 15 April 2010) of the Planning Committee meeting which refused the planning application for 85 Broad Road, you quote Mr Titterton's comments alleging that I and my colleague Councillor Jane Baugh only got involved because of the nearing local elections.
His comments verge on the defamatory and are simply untrue. The fact is that the Priory Ward councillors have been in contact with the Council and local residents about this building for several years. It has been a source of concern ever since the owner left it unoccupied and open to vandalism, with the inevitable result that it rapidly deteriorated from a pleasant family house to a local eyesore.
The present application was rejected by a majority of councillors from across the political Parties. Rather than attacking the integrity of elected representatives, Mr. Titterton would serve his client better if he now tried to design a development that was acceptable to the Planning Committee and the local community.
Yours etc.

Cllr. Barry Brotherton

(Trafford Heritage Society is unaligned with any political party)

Saturday 10 April 2010

The application to build 14 retirement apartments on the site of 85 Broad Road was REFUSED at the 8th of April meeting of the Planning Committee.

140 letters of objection had been received and a petition of 453 names signalled to members of the planning committee the degree of community concern about the proposed development.
Compelling representations against the proposal were made by both Cllr Jane Baugh and Cllr Barry Brotherton, who have been extremely supportive of the campaign against the development, and by Rachael Lewis whose house adjoins the property.
A represenatation for the the proposal was made by Andrew Titterton of AEW Architects on behalf of the owner, Michael McHale of Maple Leaf Developments.
Cllr Jane Baugh drew attention to the fact that the existing house is unnecessarily in a poor state of repair due to neglect and this could have been prevented by the owner.
A very lively debate followed with members of both parties arguing the merits for and against the application. Some members felt that the development had to be a certain size to 'pay' for itself, however, the majority decision was that it was too big a development for the site, would cause unnecessary loss of amenity to the immediate residents, and that despite the late amendment to increase car parking spaces on the site, increased on-street parking would be a serious issue opposite the school and on this 'tight junction'. Much mention was made of the 140 letters of objection and public concern for loss of street scene. It was also hotly debated whether the industrial style external polished concrete frame to the building would be in keeping with the local area.
Despite, recomendations from Simon Castle, Head of Planning to Grant the application members voted overwhelmingly to REFUSE on the grounds of overmassing, loss of amenity and street scene.
On leaving the building the Architects stated that they will go to Appeal.

Thursday 8 April 2010

Good News!

We have some Good News! Rachael has done a brilliant job and 85 Broad Road is safe for now! Planning refused! More News will follow shortly.

Planning Committee will meet tonight

The Planning Committee will meet tonight to decide the fate of 85 Broad Road. The meeting is at 6.15 at the Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road. All are welcome to come and to show opposition to the plans. Rachael will speak against them. If you can’t make it to support us, please think of us and wish her luck.

Friday 26 March 2010

Metro News: Shock at schools closure proposal

Two popular primary schools face closure under plans to combat a shortage of pupil places.

Trafford Council proposes to close Worthington Primary School and Templemoor Infant School and merge them with Moorlands Junior School, building larger premises on its current site ...Read the full story online

Thursday 25 March 2010

This Monday the Trafford Executive committee discussed plans to merge Worthington Road, Moorlands and Templemoor schools into a 'super' school.

This Monday the Trafford Executive committee discussed plans to merge Worthington Road, Moorlands and Templemoor schools into a 'super' school on the current Moorlands site. This will effectively change Moorlands from being a 6 class + special unit school with approximately 180 pupils into a 650 pupil site. Given that the current traffic situation along Temple Road is difficult at school drop off and pick up times, it is hard to fully envisage the implications of tripling the traffic at these times. This makes the wisdom of having the main entrance for a block of apartments opposite the main entrance to such a busy school even more concerning.

Wednesday 24 March 2010

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"...Sale has suffered from the loss of too many houses of this era which are unique, can never be replaced and are a very important part of our heritage. The proposed development is far too large, will add extra traffic congestion near the school, and is totally out of character for the site. I shall be opposing the proposed development at the Planning Committee meeting in April..."

Councillor Jane Baugh

Thursday 18 March 2010

Please sign this petition!

Please sign this online petition against a Mega Tesco opening in Stretford:

Trafford Heritage Society supports the campaign to prevent this happening for many reasons including support of local shop owners, traffic concerns (the area is congested enough) and concerns that due process has not been followed.

Please take a couple of minutes to register your concerns by signing the petition.

Every signature helps!

Monday 8 March 2010

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"Do we want Sale Moor to be filled with flats? I want family homes in keeping with the local area!"

Adam Burgess

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"...It's a shame to lose what was a lovely family house as the proposed development will cause traffic problems..."

Councillor Barry Brotherton, Labour

Saturday 6 March 2010

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"I am very concerned at the way the developer has been allowed to let this building fall into disrepair so that he can persuade the council to agree to the demolition of what was a fine building!"

Barry Lewis

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"...I wouldn't like the people looking into our house and private lives..."

L. Kennerk (12 yrs.)

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"Have we not learned from the mistakes of Brooklands Road?"


Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"...My concern is the effect of the traffic on a dangerous busy junction next to the school, due to lack of parking..."


Sunday 31 January 2010

Political parties back our campaign

We are delighted to announce that the Labour party has objected to the current planning application for 85 Broad Road. In addition, the Labour party has told us of their ongoing concern for the deteriorating condition of the property that they have voiced for some time now.

We are also delighted to have support for our campaign from the Conservative party, who have told us that they do not support the building of flats on 85 Broad Road. They also told us they will support residents in “opposing unreasonable developments”.

With support from two major political parties, it is hoped our campaign will have the success it deserves.

"...The Labour Councillors for Priory Ward have been concerned about the deteriorating state of this house for some time. However, we have objected to the current planning application as the proposed development is far too large for the site, will cause a loss of privacy and amenity for neighbours and may set a precedent for further developments which will change the character of this area..."
Councillor Barry Brotherton, Labour

"...Wythenshawe & Sale East Conservatives do support the residents in opposing unreasonable developments and we would not be in favour of building a block of flats on the site at 85 Broad Road..."
Wythenshawe & Sale East Conservative spokesperson, Marie Raynor

Thursday 28 January 2010

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"...The impact of the street parking would be significant..."

Gary Hinds

Tuesday 26 January 2010

Petition time

Dear Friends,

Petition time

We need your help!
We started a petition for 85 Broad Road. There are proposals at the council to demolish the house that is there at present and to build 13 bed apartments* with 9 parking spaces*. We’re objecting to this on the following grounds:

1. The destruction of an aesthetically pleasing house to build 13 apartments* will not enhance the area

2. The site is not large enough to accommodate sufficient parking for 13 apartments* and their visitors

3. This development would cause more congestion to an area that is already problematic in rush hour times.

4. The site is in a peaceful area with family houses nearby; a 13 bed apartment* would not suit the profile of the area

5. Family accommodation is needed in Sale, not yet more flats

6. 13 apartments will not complement the surrounding amenities, such as a school, as these apartments will not be suitable for families

7. We wish to preserve houses, particularly those over 100 years old

So far, there are petitions at:

Hugalls Chemists, Sale Moor

Taylors Butchers, Sale Moor

Petrol station, Sale Moor

PLEASE could you go to one of these shops and sign the petition?

There are also leaflets outlining how to object to the proposals are in the Sandwich Box, Café Moorish and Claire Haggerty Optometrist.

Thanks in advance

THS Campaign Team

Please note, it is in fact a block of 14 single and two bed apartments with 7 car parking spaces plus two disabled spaces. The developer lists it as 13 apartments (plus one) and 9 parking spaces, presumably to make it look less daunting.

Monday 25 January 2010

Time to let the people speak (85 Broad Road)

"...I'm worried about access to the rear entrance - it will cause a severe blockage..."

Helen Counsell

Monday 18 January 2010

Derelict Property at 85 Broad Road

There has been a recent planning application for 85 Broad Road to be demolished and replaced with a large modern block of 14 apartments and ONLY 9 parking spaces. If you have not already done so please write to the Head of Planning and object. We have listed some reasons below to assist with your letters.

* No justification to demolish a perfectly good family home in favour of flats.
* Allowing flats here will encourage other developers to demolish houses of character in the area for similar purposes
* The proposed structure with 14 apartments on this plot is too large and would be over dominant from every angle.
* Surrounding properties would be significantly overlooked.
* Safety is a key issue - this would be opposite Moorlands Junior School, on a busy crossroads. This will seriously affect the safety of children going to and from school.
* Moving the access to the property from Broad Road to Temple Road has only moved the problem. The entrance would be opposite the School and at peak times will cause significant problems.
* The entrance would run adjacent to a family home which would cause noise and disturbance previously not experienced.
* Parking allocation is insufficient – 7 + 2 disabled spaces for 14 apartments are not enough.
* These types of development are slowly eroding the character of Broad Road.

We have the support of our local Labour Councilors who have already written to object and are keen to establish the views of the Sale Moor Ward Councilors, as many of their residents have children who use this crossing.

Send your letters of objection to: The Heading of Planning and Building Control, Trafford MBC, PO Box 96, Waterside House, Sale Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF before 26th January 2009
Ref: 74438/FULL/2009
Email: or comment online: