The Council is asking for your opinion on these ‘ambitious’ Gorton regeneration plans
Manchester City Council says it has “new exciting ideas” for the regeneration of Gorton, but it wants to hear the opinions of residents first.
After an initial strategy developed by the Council has highlighted potential new public spaces, homes, and employment opportunities, proposals outlining “significant investment plans” in and around Gorton District Centre have now been put out for consultation – with Council leaders keen to “gather vital feedback” from the people who live, work, and use the areas daily.
While there has been a good chunk of investment ploughed into the Gorton neighbourhood in recent years, the Council says it has intentions to ensure the District Centre is “a destination of choice” for local people.
One of the main ambitions is to make sure Gorton is well-connected to the wider area.
Three areas have been identified by the Council as “areas of great potential” – North of Garratt Way (the area around Sibley Street, to Wellington Street and Hampden Crescent), Gorton Market and surrounding area, including improved walking and cycling routes, and Garratt Way and the Gorton Hub ‘loop’.
So, what exactly are these ambitious plans then? And what could the future of Gorton actually look like?
Well, at the heart of the plans is to not only make the centre greener by improving quality green space and planting more tree, but to also create a more attractive local area that is comfortable and attractive to spend time in, according to the Council.
The regeneration plans also look to support new events and activities to attract people to visit Gorton in the evenings and weekends.
Creating “a heart of the community” in the form of a new civic square is also part of the plans.
The Council says it also wants to deliver new mixed tenures homes to match local housing demand, including affordable housing, as well as making sure the centre of Gorton more accessible by safe walking and cycling.
Overall, the Council is keen to create “a broader mix of uses” for the area that will attract different communities and age groups.
The Gorton District Centre Consultation will end on Friday 6 January, and you can find out more about the plans and drop-in sessions here.
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Body found at Bolton restaurant and suspected cannabis farm days after fire
A body has been found at the site of a fire in Bolton, days after a blaze ripped through a restaurant.
It’s believed that the fire started on the first floor of the property, with early inquiries suggesting it may have been used as a cannabis farm.
Human remains were found at the premises on Bolton Road in Farnworth.
A criminal investigation is now underway and Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information and footage relating to the incident.
Emergency services had first been called to the area at around 1pm on Monday 27 November, to reports of a fire.
Earlier today, Saturday 2 December, a body was found during a search of the restaurant building, days after the fire.
Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Naismith of GMP Major Incident Team said: “Work is ongoing to identify the deceased and we are committed to ensuring the potential family members are fully supported and informed of updates in this investigation.
“The loss of life is a tragedy and I understand the upset this news will cause in the local community. I can assure you on behalf of the investigation team that we are determined to get to the bottom of what has occurred and establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.
“I can confirm this fire is being treated as suspicious and if there is any criminal responsibility, it will be brought to light and dealt with appropriately. We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who knows how this building was being used in the lead up to 27 November 2023.
“I would also like to appeal to anyone with information about the fire itself – including if you have any footage (such as CCTV, mobile or dashcam) – to contact GMP’s Major Incident Team.”
You can make a report by calling 0161 856 1995 quoting log number 1485 of 27/11/2023 or via the reporting function on GMP’s website: www.gmp.police.uk
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.
“I remember saying, ‘Thank God for that’.
“The little girl gave me a thank you hug before she went to hospital, but I couldn’t have done what I did without PC Blundell’s assistance, so it was a real team effort.”
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