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Developments in the local area
Topic posted by JohnM ... dated:17 November 2005
Those of you who read and contribute here regulary will know that I keep a close eye on future
major developments in the area, particulary related to Peel Holdings.

As promised a week or so back in this thread I hope to describe the main developments so others
can obtain an overview of what is on the cards nad to bring together all comments under one thread - some of these developments have been agreed, others
are still on the drawing board. Please feel free to correct or add any comments as you see fit.
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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:19 April 2021
Market41 is back on the table!  The plans for the old market site have been revised and it now looks a bit... odd.  Apparently they're proposing a "pod hotel" on the top floor of it too.  Brief details and a couple of pictures here.
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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:18 December 2020

There's a liquor licence application in for 46 Flixton Road, which some of you may remember as the restaurant Isinglass. It's been various things since but nothing memorable, well not for me at any rate. It sounds like it will be a bar, and it's being called Bevan apparently.

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Reply posted by Graz ... dated:13 December 2020

CQC site says the practice is being run by Firsway Health Centre which is in Sale.

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:11 December 2020

I took a closer look at the building yesterday. Still no sign of any activity in or round it, but I saw something I'd never noticed before. On the Station Road side, between the ground floor and first floor windows, there's a board bearing the description: "Gloucester House Medical Centre - Family Doctors Since 1888". So it's at least 132 years old.

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:08 December 2020

In fact Gloucester House was built in 1880, according to the A to Z of Urmston.

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:08 December 2020

Thanks Herb. I didn't know about the lift. I walked past the building today and it looks worryingly like it's been condemned. Lots of metal fencing, lots of "danger - building site" sort of notices, but no sign of any actual work being carried out. It is an old building of course - a photo in the Gallery states that it's been there since at least 1890 - so it could just be in a poor state of repair.

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Reply posted by Herb ... dated:08 December 2020

In answer to Aardvark reply I want to dispute that he/she stated there is no lift in Gloucester House Medical Centre, because there is a lift or at least there was one the last time I visted in Seprtemer 2017 to have my shingles & flu jabs given by Dr Masud Prodhan.

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:07 December 2020

Here's what's on the practice's website: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, GP services are being relocated from Gloucester House Medical Centre to Flixton Road Medical Centre (132 Flixton Road, M41 5BG) from Tuesday 1st December 2020".

The practice was inspected by the Care Quality Commission last year and found "inadequate" (see this report). Some of the issues related to the state of the building, which dates back to the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Putting 2 and 2 together, and possibly getting 85, I am guessing that there's building work going on, perhaps to make the building more accessible (some patients have go up stairs and there's no lift).

There's no sign of any planning application on the Council's website.

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Reply posted by Herb ... dated:06 December 2020

What is being built/altered on the Glouceser House Medical Centre site?

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Reply posted by Atlantean ... dated:29 October 2020

Aldi had reopened today, 29th October. Looks smart inside, the flowers are better displayed. The red/green indication at the door didn't seem to be working.

Everything had completely moved around, which is not particularly helpful in the current climate when you feel as though you cannot browse and have get your shopping done as quickly as possible. 



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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:28 October 2020

It is being refurbished. Supposed to be reopening on Thursday 29th I believe. 

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Reply posted by Bob ... dated:28 October 2020

According to the Aldi website, it is "temporarily" closed. Whatever that means?

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:28 October 2020

What's happening at Aldi in Eden Square? It was all locked up yesterday afternoon, with whitewashed windows. Has it closed for good, or is it being refurbished?

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:13 October 2020

Temporary closures, I hope! It's mainly to do with running longer freight trains, according to Network Rail's press release.

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Reply posted by JayDee ... dated:13 October 2020

Also in the "Rail" magazine, Issue 915 of 07 October, page 29,headline reads "Upgrade to Flixton Signalling". Article says Network Rail is replacing signalling equipment between Flixton and Manchester in a £36 million upgrade. Work began in August and is expected to run until autumn 2021.It warns some route closures will be needed starting from April 2021!
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Reply posted by Bayray ... dated:12 October 2020

In the Railway Magazine October issue page 73 column 1, Trafford re signaling to boost rail freight from theTrafford Park Euro terminal. And it say Flixton to Manchester resignaling would be part of the upgrade 

Re: Developments in the local area
Reply posted by Edward ... dated:10 October 2020

Hi Bayray, which railway magazine do you read? I have not noticed anything about resignalling of the Cheshire Lines route in my magazine but perhaps I have just skimmed over it.

It might be something to do with attempting to squeeze a little more capacity through Castlefield but it is probably just part of migrating the control of all the region's signalling to the Regional Control Centre at Ashburys? (If my memory serves me correctly) and closing down the more localised signal boxes.

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Reply posted by Bayray ... dated:08 October 2020

Acording to my railway magazine network rail are resignaling from Flixton to Manchester City Centre. The work started in August and will continue for the next 12 months.

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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:04 October 2020

The former RBS in Urmston has been sold and is planned to become eight apartments and a single retail unit. 

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Reply posted by Bayray ... dated:04 October 2020

Walked past the Garrick Head this mornings and saw proposed application for three houses on the main carpark along with earlier in the year a sign pub to let. Is this well know Pub on its last legs?

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:23 August 2020

The Corner Lounge in the centre of Urmston has re-opened. I've not had chance to go in and find out what if anything has changed. Have any of you been in?

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Reply posted by Dogsbody ... dated:16 July 2020

Lily's in Eden Square definitely open.

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:12 July 2020

I've not been out much so can't really say. Depends on what you want from a cafe really. If you just want tea or coffee then some of the pubs will do that (e.g. Wetherspoon's). As will Whittaker's chip shop on Station Road. The cafe at the back of the shop has re-opened and they can also serve you in the hitherto rarely used upstairs room.

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Reply posted by Reddc ... dated:11 July 2020

Hi,

Can anyone tell me what cafes have reopened that you can sit inside please in Urmston?



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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:05 July 2020

Kelder, Prairie Schooner Taphouse and The Assembly not opening just yet. Bevano Lounge being refurbished. Corner Lounge not reopening. 

Proost opening later this month. Get Chucked remaining as deliveries only for now. Istanbul Grill being refurbished. 

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Reply posted by Bayray ... dated:05 July 2020

Has anybody heard of which of our Public Houses and Bars will not be opening this weekend also restaurants .

we here in Urmston before the virus had a  good  night life and I suppose those that are left  will be full at  1 meter spaces Cheers everyone

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:03 July 2020

The Corner Lounge (corner of Station Road and Higher Road) has closed for good. A post on their Facebook page yesterday states that "It’s with a heavy heart to let you all know we will be closing The Corner Lounge and not reopening as a bar."

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Reply posted by Bayray ... dated:30 March 2020

The Trafford Centre is now going to be a big white elephant all most all the shops and the new Barton square shut. The holding company in financial trouble.. and a tram system with no passengers which opened on the Day of the main virus close down was announced. And with the news tonight Sunday that it may be 6. Months before things may get back to some sense but for many of us over 70s we may not be here to see it. But it was good while it lasted the 22 years.

No trying to find a parking place in Manchester which cost..5 minutes to get there all the clothes. Food places to eat .films to see.. will some of the big names return.

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