Trafford Residents Urged To Join Month Of Peaceful Protests

With little over a month to go until the Council meets to discuss the proposed £24 million worth of budget cuts, a group of local residents are  urging people to join them in protests to save vital services.

Residents at the last peaceful protest

Residents at the last peaceful protest

Stephen Lavery, from Trafford Residents Against Cuts (TRAC), the group behind December’s peaceful protest outside the Town Hall, said: “If these cuts go through, families, young people and the disabled in Trafford will lose vital services. We are not talking ‘nice to haves’ here, we are talking Sure Start centres, school crossing patrols, youth centres and £3.7 million from the learning disability budget – the kind of services people rely on every day.

“We are not radical activists here, just ordinary residents trying to save

TRAC are urging residents to join the protest

TRAC are urging residents to join the protest

services which are being hit hard by the fallout from the banking crisis. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been on a protest in your life, this is about us as local people looking out for our community. The failing banks were bailed out to the tune of billions of pounds. We don’t want our successful services to pay the price.”

Leading up to the budget Council meeting on Wednesday 18th February when these cuts are to be debated, three protests are planned to to take place:

From 8:15am on Tuesday January 20th, protest to save the School Crossing at the main pedestrian lights on Chester Road in Gorse Hill.

From 8:20am on Tuesday January 20th, protest to save the School Crossing at Washway Road/Eastway in Sale.

Main protest against the cuts, from 5pm on Wednesday January 21st, outside the Town Hall on Talbot Road to coincide with the Executive and Council meetings. TRAC will be handing in a petition against the cuts with over 2,000 signatures.

Sarah Haughey, member of TRAC said: “Come along, bring your children, your loudest voice, anything you have to make a noise – raid the kids’ toy box if you need to. After the recent accident in Sale where a lollipop man was hit by a car, the Council has to think again about the risks of making these cuts.”

TRAC are also planning a further ‘We Love Trafford’ protest on Valentines weekend, starting at Stretford Library and ending at the Town Hall and will release more details soon.

Trafford Town Hall

Trafford Town Hall

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Mum of Sophie Lancaster receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

The Price of Wales has honoured Sylvia Lancaster, founder of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her daughter’s memory, for her work stamping out hate crime.

Sylvia OBE

Sylvia Lancaster and her OBE

 

The mother of Sophie Lancaster, murdered by a gang who attacked her and her boyfriend, said her OBE is a ‘validation’ of all those young people targeted for looking or dressing differently.

Sylvia Lancaster said: “He talked about Sophie, and about gang culture I’m sure she would be proud. To be here, and we can talk about it, cant we? –You’re here in Buckingham Palace – it’s very special…It’s not just about the work that we do, it’s a validation of the work that we do and of the alternative subcultures as well.”

Sophie was 20 when, in 2007, drunken teenagers in a park in Bacup attacked her and her boyfriend, Rob Maltby because of their alternative appearance.

Sophie and Rob

Sophie and Rob

Rob survived the attack but Sophie, who was kicked and stamped on as she cradled her injured boyfriend never regained consciousness and died in hospital 13 days later.

Sylvia said she hoped her charity, which aims to challenge prejudices towards people from alternative subcultures and campaigns on hate crime legislation, would offer troubled youngsters hope.

 

 

 

 

 

Made in Manchester Awards – Shortlist announced

The Made in Manchester Awards have revealed their shortlist ahead of the award ceremony in February 2015.

Made in Manchester Awards

Made in Manchester Awards

 

The awards celebrate the best of Manchester’s young talent in the financial and professional sectors, recognizing excellence in innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, training and development and leadership.

Spanning 10 categories across the financial and professional sectors and including theMade in Manchester awards Manchester Champion Award, entries will be judged by sector experts in a two-tier competition process; a written entry form and an interview for the shortlisted applicants, to ensure a ‘fair, credible and professional process’.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 5 February 2015 at the Hilton Manchester, Deansgate with tickets available for purchase at madeinmanchester.co.uk and a list of 2014 winners can be found here

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