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Latest News via Woodford Community Council e-Newsletter

The WCC is now issuing e-mail newsletters and newsflashes to keep residents updated on the latest news in the community. You can sign up for this service or view past newsletters here.


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Consultation on Poynton Relief Road

Woodford LocalLink Flexible Bus Service

A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road - Planning Applications

Handforth Development Will Encroach Deeper into Green Belt Adjacent to Woodford

Haggis is piped in for Burns Lunch at Southfield House

Sun Shines on Woodford Litter-pickers!

A History of AVRO and Flying at Woodford

Tea party raises money for Macmillan nurses

SEMMMS A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road – Phase 2 Consultation

The Vulcan comes home – or at least part of it!

Area Committees

Crime Update - Neighbourhood Policing

News Archive


Consultation on Poynton Relief Road


Cheshire East Council commenced a public consultation on the Poynton Relief Road on Monday, 2nd June 2014 and this will run until Monday, 28th July 2014. The proposed road should link in with the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road at the Poynton - Woodford border and link to the A523 London Road at the Adlington Industrial Estate.

Poynton Relief Road route map June 2014


Full details can be found at the website:


Six consultation exhibitions are to be held:

  • Friday 13th June 2014 (1pm - 6pm) - Poynton Methodist Church (Park Lane - SK12 1RB)
  • Saturday 14th June 2014 (10am - 4pm) - Poynton Civic Centre (Park Lane - SK12 1RB)
  • Thursday 19th June 2014 (5pm - 8pm) - Legh Arms, Adlington (London Road - SK10 4NA)
  • Thursday 26th June 2014 (2pm - 7pm) - Bridge Hotel, Prestbury (The Village - SK10 4DQ)
  • Wednesday 9th July 2014 (10am - 4pm) - Woodford Community Centre (A5102 Chester Road - SK7 1PS)
  • Thursday 10th July 2014 (2pm - 7pm) - Woodford Community Centre (A5102 Chester Road - SK7 1PS)

Woodford LocalLink Flexible Bus Service


Transport for Greater Manchester, TFGM, have introduced a 'LocalLink' bus service for the Woodford area following the ending of the 390 service. LocalLink provides services in areas where other services are limited. Anyone wishing to travel to or from the local area and the designated destinations can use the service and there are no age or disability restrictions. LocalLink is a shared service so you may be travelling with other passengers.


The Woodford LocalLink bus will pick up / drop off anywhere within Woodford for journeys to and from Bramhall centre, Bramhall train station, Hazel Grove centre, Hazel Grove Rising Sun and Stepping Hill Hospital.


To book your LocalLink journey:

  • Call 0161 343 6449 and ask for LocalLink
  • The booking centre is open 24/7
  • Please call at an hour before you wish to travel
  • You can book your journey up to one week in advance
  • Please state if you want a return journey
  • Inform the Centre if you will use a wheelchair or child buggy so an appropriate vehicle can be provided
  • Concessionary fares are available

Further details are available here, a guide to booking online here and fares here. More details from Bramhall Library or by calling 0871 200 22 33


A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road - Planning Applications


SMBC has now approved the plans for its section of the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road. As previously indicated, these include:

  • Six new road junctions;
  • Modification to three existing road junctions;
  • Three new rail bridge crossings;
  • One new public right of way/accommodation bridge;
  • Three new road bridges;
  • A pedestrian cycle route;
  • Four balancing ponds;

and associated landscaping, lighting, engineering and infrastructure works.


Manchester City Council approved the plans for its part of the road at a meeting held on 13th February 2014 and it is understood that Cheshire East Council will be considering the plans at a meeting of its Strategic Planning Board on 5th March 2014.


The main contractor for this road scheme, Carillion Morgan Sindall (CMS), will be carrying out ground investigation works for around 6 weeks, starting on Wednesday 19th February 2014. This will involve some 250 trial pits/trenches or boreholes along the length of the scheme. Letters will be issued to the 20 or so landowners affected. For more information contact the CMS Engineering Manager, John England, T. 0161 9278220, e-mail


For full information about the scheme visit


Handforth Development Will Encroach Deeper into Green Belt Adjacent to Woodford


The proposal, which forms part of Cheshire East Council's Core Strategy (Local Plan), for a North Cheshire Growth Village, comprising almost 1,900 houses and commercial premises at Handforth East (between the A34 bypass, Total Fitness and Blossoms Lane) has been revised, placing more of the development adjacent to Woodford in the 2020-2030 period.


The revised area is shifted slightly further South to leave a slender strip of Green Belt in the North of the area in a triangle between the A555, the A34 bypass and the access road from the bypass to Total Fitness. However, part of the farmland in Green Belt in the South of the area, adjacent to the bottom of Blossoms Lane, which was formerly designated in the plan as ‘safeguarded for future development beyond 2030’, is now incorporated in the 2020-2030 development plan. The number of houses proposed has been reduced slightly from 1,800 to 1,650 but planning permission has been granted for an additional 237 units to the West of the bypass.


Concerns about this proposed development include loss of approx. 250 acres (100 hectares) of Green Belt adjacent to Woodford that provides a buffer from urban sprawl; lack of public transport facilities to the site; increased local traffic congestion and pollution; loss of productive farmland; loss of important wildlife habitats; loss of an outdoor recreation amenity; and long-term damage to our environment. For more details of the revised plan click here.


Haggis is piped in for Burns Lunch at Southfield House - 19th February 2014


Customary Burns Night celebrations were transferred to lunchtime at Southfield House in Woodford when 23 residents and their guests were treated to a traditional Scottish menu prepared by the catering team led by Scots chef Gavin Moffat.


The diners enjoyed a main course of haggis, neeps and tatties with a whisky sauce followed by Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert of oats, cream, whisky and raspberries which is a delicious alternative to trifle.


In time honoured fashion, the haggis was ‘piped in’ by Gavin, who is a former pipe major in the Royal Guard of Oman.


Southfield House owner Niel Lingwood introduced the lunch and commented: “We feel it’s important to keep up our great British traditions, especially when it gives us the opportunity to sample such excellent fare and having Gavin to oversee it and pipe it in is a real bonus.” Niel concluded: “I’m sure everyone enjoyed our Burns lunch, even those who weren’t adventurous enough to try the haggis and chose slow roasted pork loin instead, and we’re already planning our celebrations to mark St. David’s and St. Patrick’s days in March.”


Full details on Southfield House can be obtained by visiting or by calling 0161 440 8432.


Piping in the haggis at Southfield House
Head chef Gavin Moffat pipes in the haggis for the Burns lunch at Southfield House, followed by owner Niel Lingwood and second chef Andrew Henshall.



Sun Shines on Woodford Litter-pickers!


A photograph of Woodford residents who took part in the Pick up Litter DayMany thanks to the local residents who joined us on 28th September 2013 - a bright and sunny Saturday morning – to help keep Woodford tidy.


Some 18 bags of rubbish were collected and the roads and verges were cleared of unsightly litter.


A History of AVRO and Flying at Woodford


Paul Rodman, Chairman of WCC has written an interesting history of flying at Woodford and the close relationship with the AVRO company which is now sadly at an end. You can view his article here.



Southfield House tea Party raises money for Macmillan nurses


A charity afternoon ‘tea party’ at Woodford care home Southfield House raised over £400 in just two hours for the South & Central Manchester Macmillan Appeal.


Held on Friday 27th September, the event was attended by over 60 people who enjoyed tea and cakes, took part in tombola, bought cakes and fruit donated by the care home staff, residents’ friends and family.


The event, which was organised by care home assistants Rebecca Ramsden-Smith and Jessica Murphy, was seen as a great success by Southfield House managing director Joanna Lingwood, who commented: “It’s the first time we’ve held such an event and we’re delighted with the support we received. In addition to our current residents, their family and friends we were also able to welcome back families of residents we’ve previously cared for, the families of staff and our neighbours who all entered into the spirit and gave generously to this worthy cause.”


In Greater Manchester more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year and Macmillan Cancer Relief provides help and support from diagnosis throughout their illness. The South & Central Manchester Macmillan Appeal was launched to raise funds to extend and enhance local cancer care in the area to meet increased demand.


Full details on Southfield House can be obtained by visiting or by calling 0161 440 8432.


SEMMMS A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road – Phase 2 Consultation


The second phase of consultation on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road scheme is now underway and will run until 19th July 2013. The purpose of this phase is to provide feedback from the Phase 1 consultation, which took place between 22nd October 2012 and 25th January 2013, and seek comments on the emerging preferred scheme.


You can see details of the project and discuss them with representatives of the SEMMMS Team at the Woodford SEMMMS exhibition which will be held:


Friday 28th June 2013
Woodford Community Centre (Large Hall)
10.00 am until 8.00 pm


Other local Exhibitions are being held in Bramhall on 20th June 2013 and in Poynton on 2nd July 2012.


Alternatively, you may view the Phase 2 consultation on the SEMMMS website here.


The Vulcan comes home – or at least part of it!


On Saturday, 20th April 2013 the nose cone and cockpit of a Vulcan previously built at Woodford were returned to the airfield from the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. They will be stored in the former fire station until the new Heritage Centre opens on the Woodford site.

Vulcan nose cone and cockpitVulcan nose cone and cockpit
Vulcan nose cone and cockpit with Harry Harvey (Avro Heritage Ltd, Site owners), Harry Holmes of the Avro Heritage Centre, and Paul Rodman, Chairman of Woodford Community Council
Shown above are Harry Holmes of the Avro Heritage Centre, Paul Rodman, Chairman of Woodford Community Council, and Harry Harvey from Avro Heritage Ltd (Site owners).


Area Committees


Stockport has seven Area Committees whose members are the ward Councillors for those areas. They provide the citizens of Stockport with the opportunity to make a contribution on issues which effect their local community.


Area Committees have budgets to make decisions about traffic calming, pavement repairs, public rights of way and other local highway matters.  They determine applications for the use of parks, nominate governors to local schools and consider planning applications. They also monitor the operation of services provided by the Council and external agencies within their area and can make proposals on how services can be improved.


They provide an opportunity for local people to have their say through open forums, public question times and public speaking on planning applications and are an important part of the Council's public consultation process with the local community, community council, tenants and resident associations and other local groups.


Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme South Area Committee represents the wards of Bramhall North, Bramhall South (which includes Woodford) and Cheadle Hulme South. It meets every month at Bramhall Village Club, Melbourne Road, Bramhall. All meetings commence at 6.30 pm and are open to the general public.


Further information is given on Stockport Council’s website – click here.


Crime Update - Neighbourhood Policing

Recent police reports show that Woodford continues to be a low crime area, particularly with regard to residential properties. However, there is an increasing trend throughout the borough for criminals to focus their attention on local businesses, which are seen as an easy target. The police urge all residents to be vigilant and to report any concerns regarding crime either to the local community officers or directly to the non-emergency service 101 (or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111) or in an emergency, where a crime is actually taking place, by using the 999 service.


The police also encourage the establishment of Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Within Woodford there are now five schemes in operation, covering parts of Moor Lane, Church Lane and Chester Road, although there is scope for additional coordinators in other areas. Anybody who would like to know more about the NW scheme, would like join an existing group or would consider becoming a coordinator for their local area of Woodford can either contact the WCC through our web link or contact the police directly on 0161 856 9770.


Read the May 2013 Newsletter from the local policing team here.


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News Archive

To discover a selection of older news items and information regarding Woodford and our community, including planning applications, the re-opening of Olivers Restaurant and this website click here.


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