20’s Plenty and Safer Roads Petition – Relaunched!

Getting petitions distributed and signed is a piece of cake in comparison with 2012!

Hopefully attitudes have also come round with people realizing how important this is for our quality of life: we want our roads to be and feel a whole load safer in order to encourage more walking and cycling around our town.

So join us by signing this petition, which gives an example of just how dangerous even our smallest residential roads can be and how fearful we’ve become as a result… I should add that the events and people described here are real and have not been invented…

Thank you!

WSR Petition

 

Transition Wilmslow’s Big Weekend!

We kick off on Saturday 14th June with a Skills Share Event.

Come to Wilmslow Methodist Church on Water Lane between 1.30 and 3.30pm and learn life skills such as bike maintenance, re-using materials, building compost heaps, and making cordial.  Bring old jeans for special crafts, and clear out unwanted wearable clothes to raise funds.  Children’s activities include scarecrow making for Transition Wilmslow.

There will be a charge for teas and cakes, but we will be giving away the recipes so you can bake them at home!

And…..try pedalling our bike powered smoothie maker! Skill share June 2014

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There’s more!

Transition Wilmslow once more have a stall at the Artisan Market. Visit us on Grove Avenue Sunday 15 June from 10am – 4.00pm. The pedal-powered smoothie maker will be making another appearance.

Family Bike Ride

Still in the bike theme, we have a family bike ride leaving from the stall at 1.30pm so make sure you register from 1.00pm. The route will take in the new path at the Carrs. Enjoy handmade cakes at the Transition Wilmslow stall on return!

 

 

 

Transport News

Great news about the Government’s planned investment in making cycling safer and more accessible in Greater Manchester.

Our council could make it safer for our community too by spending as little as £2-3 per head in introducing 20 mph limits.  We have over 150 signatures in Wilmslow so far in support of this – without leafleting!

If you haven’t done so already please sign the petition at:

20’s plenty for Wilmslow

Also, see Gorsey Bank’s travel survey results.  We would love to hear from other schools and institutions about their travel habits and needs – do get in touch!

Don’t forget our next family bike ride at the September Artisan market!

20's plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride

20’s plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride

News Updates

Transition Wilmslow Transport Group at the Artisan Market 20th April.

The Transport Group will be hosting the Artisan market stall (Grove Avenue) in April from which we will continue to run the 20’s Plenty petition, to reduce speed limits to 20 mph and enhance the quality of life for everyone on our roads.  There will be a family bike ride led by Cycle Wilmslow; registration can be done at any time in the morning at the stall; departure will be at 1:30 pm.

Transition Wilmslow Community Garden event at “The Temp” Gravel Lane, Wilmslow.  Vegetable Seed and Seedling swap,  2 pm Saturday April 27th.

Having raised the money and built the raised beds in the Autumn the time has now come to start planting the veg in the community garden. Please come along and take part, share your gardening knowledge as well as surplus seeds and seedlings. New to vegetable growing? Come along and learn!

Transition Wilmslow ‘Skill Sharing Coffee Morning’ Saturday May 11th, 10am ‘til 12noon at St Chads Church next to the Library in Handforth.

In this throwaway society we are losing the skills of past generations to make and mend. Come and join us for coffee and a chance to learn some new skills.

Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow

Manchester University Students are seeking public consultation for their audit of Wilmslow’s green spaces.  Take part in their survey which can be found on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2H9LH23.

Read more about these and other events in the April 2013 Newsletter

Landscape Strategy Meeting, Friday 14th December

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.

TTW Transport: Low Carbon Transport and Electric Vehicles

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

Victoria Pendleton signs 20s Plenty for Wilmslow

The campaign to set a 20mph speed limit was joined today by double Olympic gold medallist and local resident Victoria Pendleton.  Ms Pendleton was signing autographs and posing for photos with fans at the Royles bikes store on Knutsford Road today.  She agreed to add an extra signature to her load: our petition!

For further information and press release

Victoria Pendleton with Florence Collier

Victoria Pendleton in her cycling gear

Proposed World Logistics Hub at Sunbank Lane

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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

http://stopmanchesterairport.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/plans-to-concrete-former-greenbelt-land.html
 
http://www.airportcity.co.uk/master-plan/ 
 
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/content/worldlogisticshubplanningapp 
 
http://manchesterclimateaction.wordpress.com/tag/ringway-parish-council-world-logistics-hub/

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

Family Bike Ride – Saturday 21st July

Venue: Transition Wilmslow stall at the Artisan Market
Time: 1.30pm

Transition Wilmslow and Cycle Wilmslow are hosting another bike ride from
the July market and invite you to join.

We again hope to have a Bike Doctor on hand for the day at the Transition Wilmslow stall where cyclists can come and get a complementary bike MOT before setting off for a 9 mile ride led by Cycle Wilmslow. So dust down your bike and come and join us for a leisurely ride.

Registration will commence at 10am at the stall with the bike ride taking place at 1.30pm.