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The staff at Sainsbury’s in Fallowfield have chosen The Friends of the Fallowfield Loop to be the community group that they will work with as part of the Sainsbury’s 150th birthday celebrations! We have agreed three volunteering activities to carry out with the staff:

  • A FotFL stall in the foyer of the Fallowfield store on Saturday 27th July.
  • Undertaking a survey of users of the Loop. This will provide data to support The Friends of the Fallowfield Loop and Sustrans in further developing the Loop as a community resource. This will take place in August.
  • Holding a litter-picking event which will familiarise some new people with the Loop and produce a measurable change to the quality of the Loop environment. This will be on Thursday 8th August.

Volunteers are needed to work alongside the Sainsbury’s staff.  Please contact us if you might be able to volunteer for an hour or two at any of the events, or get in touch with Frances on 07933 088484.

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At the Friends’ meeting on 21 January 2019 we were joined by three members of Greater Manchester Police (GMP). Sergeant Craig Hodson gave an overview of the work that has been undertaken by GMP in combating anti-social behaviour and crime on the Loop and the Yellow Brick Road. Sergeant Hodson presented the meeting with information about the discrepancy between the perceived and actual amount of crime and anti-social behaviour taking place.  Following investigations of reported crime a small number of individuals have been identified as perpetrators of most of the robberies; these individuals are currently on bail awaiting trial. The Fallowfield Loop and Yellow Brick Road have now been incorporated into relevant community policing action plans, and regular foot patrol and drone monitoring is now taking place along the routes and adjacent areas.

PO Lucy Cawood has been identified as the police liaison officer for the Fallowfield Loop. She is happy to work with the Friends, community groups and others who are connected with the Loop, or have any concerns about safety on it.  Lucy joined us at the very successful wassail that we held on 6 January at the Levenshulme Quadrants.

Following the meeting Sergeant Mike Duzinkewycz (East Neighbourhood Team, North Manchester Division) sent us the following:

“I would like to first take the opportunity to reiterate that the Loop is a safe place to commute through and spend your leisure time, and that your local policing teams have taken robust action to tackle a small minority of people who would spoil the Loop for everyone else.  This work will continue and we are committed to supporting the Loop community.  

In terms of personal safety when out and about, there are a few simple steps that are easy and straightforward to take:

  • Wear high visibility items of clothing, or clothing with reflective strips, so that you can be easily seen.
  • If cycling, always wear suitable safety gear such as a helmet.
  • Cyclists ensure that your bike has suitable lighting, but please be respectful of other users and have front-facing lights dipped.
  • Walkers ensure you have a torch with you for the hours of darkness.
  • Let someone know where you are walking or cycling and when you are expecting to arrive.
  • Always wear clothing appropriate to the conditions.
  • If possible, travel in groups to support each other.

This list is not intended to be prescriptive, but rather offer general guidance on staying safe in the community.  Further information is widely available through a number of resources such as www.cyclinguk.org and your local Policing Teams are always happy to offer further support and advice.”

NB: As always, if you see anything of concern taking place on the Loop or Yellow Brick Road please inform GMP by calling 999 in an emergency and 101 at other times.

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Over the past six months we have been alerted to a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, robbery and assault on the Fallowfield Loop and adjoining routes.  This has been a matter of great concern and the Friends have, along with others, raised the matter with the police, Sustrans and other bodies.

There has also been some concern that some of the press coverage has described some incidents as “on the Fallowfield Loop” when in fact they have not been – some have been near to the Loop or on other nearby parts of National Cycle Network Route 60.  However, these crimes are deplorable wherever they occur, and it is promising that the latest news is that police have arrested four people.  The police progress in this is greatly welcomed.

Please remember that if you experience or witness any anti-social behaviour on the Fallowfield Loop the action you should take is: in an emergency call 999, otherwise call the police on 101. Also notify Sustrans on 0161 923 6050 or by email.

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Members of the Friends have just produced a new and updated “Points of Interest” map!  The map has multiple layers which can be turned on or off by the user, showing the route of the Loop and points of interest on or accessible from it. Current map layers are:

  • Access points
  • Wildlife and natural features
  • Public resources and amenities
  • Landmarks
  • Historical interest
  • The railway 1891-1981

The Friends would like to continue to refine and update this over time so if you have suggestions for places to include on this map or notice any necessary corrections then please let us know!

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The Friends have welcomed the Beelines cycling development proposals for Manchester, which have been developed with all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities and “will be the largest joined-up system of walking and cycling routes in the UK”.

Don’t forget that until the end of September there is an online process underway where you can view a map of the first draft of the proposals and zoom in on any areas that may be of interest, adding specific comments relating to development of the scheme.  See https://mappinggm.org.uk/ beelines/.

You will probably need to read the instructions to work out how to utilise the map layers and add comments.  We encourage all members of the Friends to engage with the consultation and share their views on how the proposals interact with the Loop in particular (and of course – we’d encourage everyone to get involved with the consultation for other routes and areas too)!

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Over the past several months volunteers from the Friends and Sustrans have continued their excellent efforts to maintain and improve the Loop.  Recent activities have included a spring litter-pick, managing the saplings along the Loop edges, wildflower sowing and improving the grassed area at the Levenshulme quadrants!

New volunteers are always welcome so if anyone would like to come along and help from time to time (it doesn’t have to be every  Thursday) then please get in touch!

 

 

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The final report for the “open-all-barriers” trial on the Loop has now been completed.  Please find a copy here (please note that it’s a 14Mb file!).

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