Electrifying Chorlton

Chorlton's EV chargepoint shortage

EV Charge pointElectric vehicles are becoming more affordable. Studies now show the 'total cost of ownership' lower than fossil-fuel cars. But Chorlton is a dense urban area and many households have no driveway to park a car while it's charging. Chorlton is also a place where many residents would like to switch to electric. The council won't fix this either - there are some chargepoints but nowhere near enough for a mass switch to EVs - a tipping point that is coming.

In Lancaster they've adopted a co-operative solution. They are crowd funding community shared charge points with a bit of help from government grants in a scheme called ChargeMyStreet. They are installing chargepoints on private, accessible land so that EV owners can book a place and leave their car charging overnight, within walking distance of their home.

Come along to our open meeting to hear more about the scheme and see whether we want to launch the same here.

Thursday 28 March, 7pm - Hardy Lane Co-op Rooms

Details and register here

GM Cooperative Commission - call for evidence

Andy BurnhamThe Greater Manchester Cooperative Commission, launched by Mayor Andy Burnham, is calling for evidence - where good cooperatrive things are happening and what new things we can do to make Greater Manchester the most cooperative place in the UK.

You can read more here.

The Chorlton Coop Cluster will be making a submission about what's going on in Chorlton. Please let us know if you have some ideas you'd like us to include.

Or you can make a submission here.

Next open meeting

Come along on Saturday 11 May 2019 Hardy Lane Co-op Rooms

We'll be getting on with current projects, plus news on latest developments

  • Next steps on EV charging
  • Funded projects - next round
  • The pilot scheme on tackling crime
  • Coop AGM

Meetings strictly last just one hour.

Details and register here

Chorlton member 1% funding raises £23,500

ChequeSpending in Co-op stores by members living in Chorlton has generated over £23,500 for three local projects.

Representatives from the projects came into stores in Chorlton on Staurday 24 November to celebrate. The picture shows a cheque being handed to Whalley Range Community Forum by staff at the Wilbraham Road Co-op.

The other two Chorlton projects were The Dressing Room Café and Chorlton Woodcraft Folk. The three projects were chosen by local Co-op members in a poll organised by the Chorlton Co-op Cluster.Across the UK a total of £19m has been raised for local projects and causes this way. When members use their membership cards, 1% of anything they spend on Co-op own-brand products goes to local projects. Members can choose one from a list of three in their area, or it is shared between them.

Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour co-operatively

Our event on 1 November was a great success with a big turnout.

The event followed the recent raid on Whalley Range store and on local stores earlier this year, and our question to the Co-op AGM in May.

We heard from former police minister Hazel Blears, from Whalley Range community activist Dave Saunders, and Co-op store manager Jean Stuart-Cole.

Each had a positive and inspiring message about what we can do to reduce the amount of crime and anti-social behaviour.

This was a genuine two-way discussion, We heard from people working in stores about frigtening things that have happened, and how they can feel unsupported. This was helpful feedback for Co-op managers present. And there was a clear indication that the Co-op will be taking part in the local traders associatiopn in future.

Hazel Blears speaking


Our question at Coop AGM on robberies

Chorlton Coop Cluster put an urgent question to the Cooperative Group board at this year's AGM on 19 May. This followed attacks at the Whalley Range and Princess Parkway stores. Group chair Allan Leighton said the board was paying the matter very close attention and promised to report to members on how much the Co-op is being hit and what the board is doing about it.

Co-operative Springboard

Co-operative Springboard was set up by the Manchester Area Committee of the Co-operative Group in 2014 to promote debate on reform in the Co-operative Group. Following the restructuring of the Group with a single National Members' Council, the focus of Springboard is on how ordinary members and staff can organise to have real influence under the new system.

This site is not published by The Co-operative Group. Members of the (former) Manchester Area Committee set it up and paid for it from their own pockets.