MOCHA PARADE TO GET A LIDL AND THERE ARE PLANS FOR A NEW HEALTH CENTRE ON THE WAY TOO
Lidl GB will be at the heart of plans to regenerate Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton, it has been announced.
The discounter, which is currently the fastest growing supermarket in the UK and has over 790 stores across Great Britain has been signed up as preferred retailer partner by Salford City Council.
In recent months a new store has been opened in Winton on the former site of the Brown Cow Pub, which has been positively received by the locals. It is expected that the new store at Mocha will help revitalise the area which has seen a decline over the years.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said the move will breathe new life into the 1970’s shopping precinct and could see work begin as early as next year.
“We’ve had a lot of commercial interest in the redevelopment of Mocha Parade because of its links with a strong, local community and new housing development in the area,” he said.
“I’m delighted to announce that we have chosen Lidl as our preferred retail partner. Formal applications for planning permission are expected in spring and, subject to approval, we could see work begin on the site later in the year. This will bring construction jobs and training opportunities for local residents as well as opportunities from the shopping centre.
The redevelopment plans also include a new health centre and Councillor Merry said work on that was progressing well.
“Our negotiations with Salford Clinical Commissioning Group about a new GP clinic for the site are at an advanced stage and there should be good news to announce about that early in the new year,” he said.
“It’s part of a long-term plan to revitalise the whole Broughton area, which has seen considerable investment in new homes, schools and parks over the last few years. We now want to create a thriving, vibrant local shopping centre for the community.
“We are working with existing occupiers about this comprehensive redevelopment of the site and they will be fully consulted on the proposals when available.”
Edited by KARL
TWO MEN ON A MOPED SEEN CARRYING A LARGE BOTTLE SHORTLY BEFORE A FIRE TORE THROUGH A STUDENT ACCOMMODATION OFFICEBy KARL
Police are investigating after a fire tore through a student accommodation office on Seaford Rd in Lower Broughton at around 10:45pm last night (Sunday 6th September).
It is understood that a witness has claimed to have seen two men driving along on a black moped carrying a large bottle before hearing a smash of glass shortly before the fire broke out.
A man is said to have escaped uninjured from a flat above the Kexgill shop as the fire raged below.
Police cordoned off the area for a while and one of the fire services intrepid and highly trained sniffer dogs was sent into the building.
Firefighters were on the scene for several hours brining the fire under control and people could be seen accessing the damage to the building in the aftermath this morning.
A GMFRS Spokesperson said:
St James Lunch Club in Lower Broughton, Salford, dishes out more than 100 free hot meals every week to local people including the homeless, the elderly and families on low incomes.
The church’s food pantry, which runs alongside the lunch club, provides a further 50 families with 10 essential food items for just £2.50 every week.
The initiative is run from the church hall at St James Church, but until now the volunteers have struggled with a tiny kitchen limiting the number of people they can help.
Now Salix Homes and our partner contractor Emmanuel Whittaker have come to the rescue to upgrade and extend the old kitchen facilities – enabling the lunch club to welcome even more people through its doors.
Rev Christine Threlfall, who runs the initiative alongside a team of eight volunteers, said:
The new facilities have also enabled the church to launch cooking classes to teach families how to cook fresh and healthy meals on a budget, using the ingredients available in the food pantry.
Salix Homes has been working alongside Emanuel Whittaker to improve properties across Lower Broughton as part of its multi-million pound investment to homes and communities across Salford.
Ben Cruickshanks, neighbourhood manager at Salix Homes, said:
John Gallagher, contracts director at Emanuel Whittaker, added:
The food pantry and lunch club runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 11am and 1pm to provide a free hot meal and companionship to anyone who calls by.
Robert, aged 81, has sadly passed away at his home address of Rockbank, Lower Broughton Road, Salford on 26 July 2019 and police are trying to find members of his family to inform them.
There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
If you can help or have any information about Robert’s next of kin, you should contact the Police Coroners Officer on 0161 856 4687