when 150 local people came out to clean every street in Whalley Range.
Since then, we have taken on community gardening obtaining an £8,000 grant from Manchester Clean City. We started at the Forever Garden on Brantingham Road and now we are based at the Carlton Club on Carlton Road. Our tools are used throughout Whalley Range by groups of neighbours "loving where they live". Last year Whalley Range was awarded 4 "Advancing" awards by RHS/North West in Bloom.
In 2015 we got a Locality First Steps grant to run a neighbourhood consultation about the Withington Road shopping area. This led to the community led Withington Road Action Plan aiming to make our local high street more attractive, safer and vibrant and raised £6,000 to help it happen. The community maintained the cleanliness of the area, introduced planters and commissioned a mural. We partnered up with Reach Out to the Community to provide on-street support for the areas rough sleepers and held a Christmas Market with support from the Mosque. Traders, supported by Greater Manchester Police formed a Business Crime Reduction Partnership. Manchester City Council have carried out highway improvements, provided new litter bins and now provide parking enforcement. We pursuaded Stagecoach to trial a bus service (unfortunately no longer running) and Biffa now clean the street more often. Last November we were awarded £8,755 by the National Lottery enabling us to start monthly community markets in Spring 2018.
In 2016 we took on fly tipping. Our campaign was centred on the Dukeries where the problem was rife. We systematically cleaned every street and back alley, shifting 65 tonnes of junk and rubbish and involving around 100 local people. Residents now "watch" for flytipping, reporting it swiftly and deterring illegal fly tippers .The campaign continues through repurposing back alleys as garden spaces and our recycling campaign to encourage better household waste management.
In July 2017 we formally constituted as a Community Action Group. We are now beginning the process of registering as a charity with the Charity Commission.