This important document, Making the Transition: A Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow and Handforth, was rolled out to the public at the Artisan Market on Saturday 18 May.
Despite it being a cold day, the interest displayed was encouraging and many people stopped at our stall to hear more. Transition Wilmslow’s Environment & Planning Group were especially pleased that the Manchester University students – Jake, Becky, Simon and Matt – who had researched and written the report for their MSc course, were on hand to explain their project.
The report highlights how important our gardens are in making the area a green and pleasant place and additionally underlines their role in protecting against climate change, so we handed out a leaflet Top Tips for Wildlife Gardening giving information on capitalising on this asset and encouraging wildlife in our gardens.
Click the link for more information and to read the full report http://wp.me/P2mX4O-dg
Visit us at Wilmslow Artisan Market Saturday 18th May. At our usual spot on Grove Avenue we will be launching ‘Making the Transition; a Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow‘. Manchester University students have completed their audit of local green spaces and made recommendations on how we can capitalise on and develop our green infrastucture. This is a really important document that can make a significant impact on future plans for Wilmslow and Handforth. Come along and find out what it’s all about!
Transition Wilmslow have submitted a response to the planning application by Croghan Peat Industries. From the point of view of Transition Wilmslow and the residents of Wilmslow there would appear to be no justification for any continuation of peat excavation on Lindow Moss. This represents the worst possible investment for local taxpayers. It is a poor business doing harm to the environment. The Moss has some unique features, in that it has well preserved field systems around it from the time of medieval peat extraction in addition to the ecological features of the moss itself. It is also one of the green lungs of Wilmslow and has been highlighted as one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Wilmslow in our on-going Landscape Character Assessment.
Read the full text here Response to Lindow Moss Planning Application
Transition Wilmslow has given full and considered responses to both the Cheshire East Local Plan and Development Strategy.
These can be viewed in detail together with the explanatory covering letter.
Click on the links below
CE Local Plan letter
Response CE Development Strategy
Response CE Local Plan
Come along to our Open Space meeting from 9.45am – 1pm with the aim of discussing “How can we make Wilmslow a more sustainable and beautiful place to live?” This is an ideal opportunity to let us know what changes you would like to see in Wilmslow and what our groups should be focusing on to make Wilmslow a more resilient community. The meeting will be held at the Quaker meeting house in Wilmslow.
Following on from the successful strategy workshop in December which reviewed the overall aims and objectives of the landscape project, we are now proposing to get into the detail with some hands on work. At this workshop on 9th February we will draw on the full range of information from the desk study work that Jonathan Porter has assembled in the first stage of the project.
The objective is to produce a draft landscape character map for Wilmslow (including Handforth and Styal) covering both the built up area and the surrounding countryside. This will not only be a valuable template for our work in Transition, but will also help us in responding to the consultation on the Local Plan for Cheshire East.
We are keen to have input from anyone who wishes to contribute, irrespective of whether you have previously been involved, and would particularly like input from a cycling perspective.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and fruit will be available but we would ask if you could bring along a packed lunch as, due to the leisure centre rules, we are not able to provide any food in the meeting room. However you will be able to buy food at leisure centre cafe. The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm at Wilmslow Leisure centre.
Transition Wilmslow is holding a Landscape Strategy Workshop this Friday, 14th December from 7-9 pm in the Wilmslow leisure centre upstairs meeting room. We will be holding an interactive workshop to plan our future approach and work on this project.
We would like to get as many people as possible involved as we feel that the work could both impact on, and benefit from, contributions from a number of groups in the Wilmslow transition family. It is not an academic exercise as the applications from the work could help shape our views on proposals for furthering our Transition aims developing a sustainable town and lifestyle. This is well illustrated in an extract from a recent note from John Handley who was at a recent conference where Jonathan Porritt spoke:
Jonathan’s prescription for a sustainable 21st century town included:
1) Zero carbon;
2) “Incredible edible” with community supported agriculture and local sourcing of food;
3) Biodiversity rich;
4) Healthy living – planning actively for good health.
5) Sustainable transport.All of which fit well into the Transition model.
You may also have noticed from a two page spread the 6th December edition of the Wilmslow Express in an article about the Wilmslow Trust meeting on an alternative Wilmslow vision that Transition Wilmslow was mentioned as a possible partner group to support this work.There are a number of threats and opportunities out there for us to consider and to allow us to put a Transition shape on this agenda and identify the future work we want to do to further our aims for both the Transition agenda generally and the town. Part of the workshop will canvas opinions on what these opportunities and threats are and what we might want to do This is an opportunity for Transition Wilmslow members to have their input.
Please come along and give us your views.
David Hytch of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will talk to us about the new electric vehicle charging stations, or “Pod Centres”, due to be launched in 2013, and about Low Carbon Transport.
Come along to the Quaker Meeting House on Bourne Street, on Monday 3rd December at 7:30pm to hear more about the plans.
Low Carbon Transport and Electric Vehicles: TfGM talk
Electric Vehicle Pod Centres
Plans are to build the World Logistics Hub at Sunbank Lane, just off of the M56 at the Wilmslow turnoff. Here are some links to more information about the proposal
This land was classified as green belt until June of this year when it’s status was changed. The plans would involve eviction of residents, the destruction of valuable green space for local people, an increase in travel congestion, carbon emissions and noise pollution from the airports cargo services.
The area to the south of the Airport is currently home to residential houses and greenfields and also borders onto Cotterill Clough – a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Airport claim new jobs will be created. However, many of these jobs will not be ‘new’ but simply ‘displaced’ as existing firms re-locate from other areas of Greater Manchester to take advantage of the cheap business rates on offer. Local residents at Ringway and Hale Barns are opposed to these plans. They have also objected to proposals to demolish people’s homes at Hasty Lane nearby.
The deadline for objections is fast approaching so if you are concerned with the development be sure to sign the online petition at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-sunbank-lane-from-manchester-airport-s-expansion-plans.
Meeting organised by Transition Wilmslow to explore the natural, cultural and perceptual landscape of Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge
Talk by Environmental Consultancy, Countryscape
7.30pm, Tuesday 21st August
The landscape of the town and surroundings of Wilmslow has been shaped by people interacting with the environment. The landscape is more than the physical surroundings; memories and experiences shape the sense of place.
This meeting will introduce techniques and information that can be used to understand how the landscape has been shaped and how the community values it. Deeper understanding of landscape will help to inform sustainable plans for the future.
Jonathan Porter, a landscape ecologist from Manchester-based Countryscape, will give a short talk. He will introduce landscape assessment and practical tools that can be used by the community to understand and celebrate local distinctiveness. He will demonstrate freely available information and maps that can be used to understand the natural and cultural landscape.
The meeting will include open discussion and opportunities to look at landscape maps and publications.