George Carnall Urmston Leisure Centre for Transfer
The George Carnell Leisure centre in Urmston is to become a community Asset Transfer, this means that the management will be taken on by a Community Interest company, the date of the transfer is set as January 2021.
The site has been awaiting redevelopment since 2018 when plans were put forward under Traffords former Conservative administration, these plans included a two thousand seat arena to house the Manchester Giants basketball team as well as 60 homes for key workers and a health centre.
Since the result of local elections the plans went back to public consultation and awaited completion of the other massive leisure centre development project at Bowfell Rd, the £7 million refurbishment of Move Urmston. Now that the Move Urmston project is finished, the George Carnall plans are again moving forward.
The Carnall centre was built in the 1970s and Trafford Council will be asked to approve the transfer of the centre to the CIC on a 25-year lease. This involves Trafford allocating £23,500 for immediate use on the centre to keep the centre fit for purpose and and agreement with the Council for any works up to £50.000 at the site up to the end of 2022.
In addition there will be a loan from Trafford council to the GCCG ( George Carnall community Group) to allow for working capital and to pay and train staff and to install technical equipment.
The leisure facilities at George Canall are going to include a gym, sports hall and squash courts.
A health and wellbeing programme is linked to this new Carnall project and they link in turn to health trust operations already based at the existing site including outpatient pulmonary specialist weight management and neurological rehab teams
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Former Urmston Bank May Be Transformed by Redevelopment
The old RBS building on Crofts Bank Rd in Urmston may look very different in the future. A developer has plans to turn the building that has be empty since August 2018 into 6 luxury apartments. The developer has put forward a proposal to Trafford Council in partnership with architects to renovate at a cost of £450,000
The bank closed in 2018 as part of nation-wide RSB cutbacks.
the new development is thought to feature six one and two bedroom flats with a very central location in Urmston close to public transportation links, the shopping centre and restaurants.
Architects DEN commented that it was a really exciting project, bursting with interesting features. The developer is thought to be already in the process of building 20 other properties in Urmston. And 45 flats and townhouses in Sale
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A Gluten Free Café For Urmston
The newest café in Urmston is Waive the Grain, a gluten free bakery and café catering to Urmston residents and visitors. The owner of the café Jacqui Williams suffers from coeliac disease and is allergic to gluten. She opened the doors of her new café in Urmston, Trafford on the first day of lockdown last year and as a result could not offer any eat-in services, but she has offered delivery meals and snacks during lockdown and in May when lockdown ends will resume full service indoor and outside at here Urmston location.
Having to avoid gluten herself has given her first hand knowledge of the challenges faced by people like herself and the difficulties of trying to eat out and this is what inspired her to create her bakery café.
She said: “I have visited to shops in the past and been told there was a gluten-free bagel which is great and you can have one of the fillings. So then I just asked which one of those fillings was gluten-free as I could see a four or five were not.
“The person then said it was a gluten-free bagel but the fillings were not. I could not believe it. People do not understand how poorly you can be if you have one of the allergens.
“I wanted to create somewhere where people like me could go to eat”.
For coeliac sufferers and those with allergies to gluten the new addition to Urmston will be a fantastic bonus.