Hale Independent Issue 137

FEBRUARY 2022 2 Independent YOUR LOCAL No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of Your Local Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. © Investors in Publishing Ltd 2022. Your Local Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing, Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel: 01204 478812 Fax: 01204 667345 www.independentnewspapers.co.uk EDITORIAL: Ged Henderson ged@hendersonnewsandmedia.com ADVERTISING: Jayne Meadowcroft jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk Te l: 01204 478812 CLASSIFIEDS: Teresa Bond teresa@independentnewspapers.co.uk Te l: 01204 478812 A GRANT to a Sale care home will help keep its res- idents warmand is make it more energy efficient. Work will include a new heating system and radia- tors and the installation of newwindows at Merry House, which was formerly known as Lynwood Lodge. The government grant was awarded to the home’s own- ers Trafford Council, as part of the Public Sector Decar- bonisation Scheme. As well as improving the heating of the home for residents, the work will also reduce its car- bon footprint. While the work is being carried out, further improve- ments will be made so the care home can accept more residents. This includes the introduction of a more special- ised dementia service. Residents will be moved to another home in the area A REVIEW of mental health services for adults in Trafford has been tak- ing place to make sure residents receive the right care at the right time. The council has spoken to current users of services, as well as previous users and care providers to get their views. Jo Harding, Trafford’s executive member for adult services, said: “The pandemic has been really tough for lots of people in terms of their men- tal health. Therefore, it is vital that what we provide is right for our residents. “Mental health can be a block to relationships, job opportunities and it can lead to poor physical health too. We want to do all we can to make sure our residents get the sup- port they need to improve and maintain their health.” PEOPLE in Altrincham have been having their say on multi-million-pound plans to transform the town’s leisure centre. The refurbishment proposals have been on display in the centre and the town’s library, with several online presentations and sessions held last month. The plans have been developed with support from Sport England and include a 25m pool and 20m leisure pool as well as a 100-station fitness suite twice the size of the existing gym. The proposals also include two studios andanimmersiveindoorcyclestudio,afour- court sports hall, a purpose-built gymnastic and trampoline hub, a combined lobby and pool viewing café, changing facilities, a spa facility and a wellness assessment room. Jo Cherrett, chief executive of Trafford Leisure, which manages the centre, said: “Feedback from previous consultations on the future of Altrincham Leisure Centre will be incorporated into our findings.” Plans for the multi-million-pound refur- bishment of Altrincham and Sale’s leisure centreswere revealedat thestartof theyear. The huge investment aims to support Trafford’s commitment to improve health and reduce obesity in the borough. The large-scale refurbishments will be carried out on a phased arrangement with Altrincham earmarked as the first to be refurbished followed by both Sale and Stretford. A CARE home provider based in Altrincham has announced plans to dou- ble its workforce over the next two years. New Care aims to recruit a wide range of roles cover- ing care, hospitality, house- keeping, maintenance and wellbeing with the vacan- cies available across the North West. The company has several new care home projects in the pipeline and will be A DECISION has been made to spend £400,000 on the upkeep of Altrincham’s Grafton Centre while decisions aremade about its future. The cash will be spent by the centre’s own- ers, Trafford Council, which says it is still committed to the redevelopment of the shop- ping centre. The local authority bought the 81,000sq ft centre in 2018 and asked property firmCBRE to carry out an appraisal of options for the site’s redevelopment. A procurement process to find a development partner resulted in two bids being received. However, during final negotiations with the preferred bidder the council failed to conclude a “satisfactory outcome” to enable it to progress the scheme. And with Covid introducing “a new level of risk” to the proposed partnership, the decision was made to postpone any redevelopment. The Grafton Centre, built in the 1970s at the junction of George Street and Regent Road – with retail outlets on the ground floor and a seven-storey hotel leased to Travelodge above – is a key town centre site. James Wright, Trafford’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Trafford Council is totally committed to the long-term redevelopment of the Grafton Centre, but we wanted to renew our options following the huge disruption caused by Covid. “We bought the centre to redevelop in a different economic climate to the one we find ourselves in today – and Covid has changed everything. “Trafford Council will now focus solely on the future of the centre as we go forward post- Covid. Our project teams will look at different options for the site and report back to us. “We are very proud of the work we have car- ried out in Altrincham and have been at the forefront of the regeneration of the town centre in recent years including the successful Market Quarter, public realm works and Altrincham Business Improvement District.” TENANTS are prepar- ing to move into a new state-of-the-art social housing development in Timperley. Bowker Court – named after the late local council- lor Ray Bowker, who was heavily involved in the project – is made up of 30 one and two bed flats in a three-storey building on Carrfield Avenue. Built in partnership between Trafford Council and Trafford Housing Trust, it is the first new-build socially rented housing in the borough in over a decade. And it is the first to be built from the Trafford Affordable Housing Fund, which was set up to support the creation of social housing. It was officially opened by Trafford’s leader Andrew Western, Cllr Bowker’s wife Hazel and Trafford Hous- ing Trust’s Chief Executive Larry Gold. Cllr Western said: “I am extremely proud to have helped officially open these superb new social housing units – the first of many we plan to open this year as part of our commitment to help solve the social hous- ing crisis. “This scheme is in a fan- tastic location and will go some way to meeting the huge demand for social hous- ing in the borough.” Larry Gold, chief executive of Trafford Housing Trust, added: “Bowker Court is a prime example of what great social housing should look like, and I am incredibly proud to take part in opening the building and delighted that Hazel was able to cut the ribbon. “Ray was a great sup- porter of this development as well as a former board member of Trafford Housing Trust and – as chair of gover- nors at Broomwood Primary School – a real force for good in the community. “Trafford Housing Trust is committed to tackling the housing crisis, and these new socially rented properties are a great example of how we are achieving that ambition, with much more to come.” Mrs Bowker said: “The day was very emotional, and I am so proud that this new social housing has been named after Ray. My husband was extremely pas- sionate about social housing and was involved in this scheme from the very start, working closely with council officers and Trafford Hous- ing Trust. Thank you very much to everyone involved – Ray would have been very honoured today.” Lifelong Timperley res- ident and former mayor Cllr Bowker, who passed away in January 2020, was heavily involved in the Car- rfield Avenue project from its beginnings. He was awarded the MBE in 2002 for a lifetime of ser- vice to the community. As Trafford’s mayor dur- ing the millennium year, he Social housing scheme is open Showcase scheme: Bowker Court in Timperley. raised more than £71,000 for two local charities – Trafford Young Carers Project and Trafford Crossroads. The scheme includes 40 car parking spaces, 30 cycle parking spaces and is entirely electric powered and triple glazed, making it low energy and sustainable. Shopping centre receives £400,000 for its upkeep Mental health review launched Have your say on leisure centre’s big makeover Care jobs boost CARE HOME WARMS TO ENERGY WORK while the work is carried out. Kimberley Lyons, service manager at Merry House, said: “We will be doing everything we can to support the wellbeing and safety of our residents throughout the plan- ning of and during the move. “The Merry House team will be moving with the residents will be ensuring all personal care plans are reviewed, risk, capacity and transportation assessments are completed and that res- idents, and their families, are involved and kept up-to- date throughout. “We are pleased that our current care team will con- tinue to provide support to residents, giving them conti- nuity of care and a familiar face as they settle into their new home. “When we return to Merry House we are looking forward to our residents and staff being able to benefit from and enjoy the new improvements.” looking for around 800 new staff. Alex Fairhurst, New Care's recruitment lead, said: “Working in the care sector is hugely rewarding and as a company, New Care understands how important it is to highlight this. “With a good selection of roles available within each of our care facilities, we can nurture careers across a number of industries, from chefs, waiters, front of house and housekeeping to carers, nurses, wellbeing and recruitment. “With the opening of sev- eral new care homes in the pipeline for the next 24 months, recruitment will play a large part in the firm's future strategy.” Meanwhile seekers are being invited to apply for doz- ens of new roles thanks to a recruitment drive by a home care provider in Trafford. Trustcare, part of Trafford Housing Trust, is recruiting for several positions, includ- ing community carers and waking night carers. Fran Gudger, head of inde- pendent living at the trust, said: “This is a great oppor- tunity to start a career in caring, or for anyone looking for a change of direction.”