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‘Epidemic of ignorant’ drivers blocking Manchester cycle lanes slammed by campaign group

Both GMP and the council say they are aware of the issue

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A cycling group in Manchester have spoken of their frustration as a number of cycle lanes across the city continue to be blocked by ‘ignorant drivers’.

Walk Ride GM, a campaign group working to make walking, cycling and other active travel modes the first choice for journeys across the region, has highlighted the ‘epidemic’ of drivers dumping their cars on bike paths and pavements around the city.

According to the group, a cycle lane running along Cornbrook Road in Stretford is one of the worst impacted, with a number of cyclists reporting it as blocked by parked cars in the last couple of weeks. 

Greater Manchester Police’s Stretford division confirmed that they have had ‘a lot of complaints’ about parking in the area, while Trafford Council said the problem is ‘on their radar’. 

Despite the police and council being aware of the issue, however, Claire Stocks from the Walk Ride campaign group told the Manchester Evening News that the problem is only getting worse.

She said: “Increasingly, drivers are seeming to park in very anti-social ways, and we are seeing it up and down the country. We want the Government to introduce a pavement parking ban, but we also believe local councils can do more to introduce bans in specific areas.

“We have a problem because there are so many more cars on the roads, probably four times as many cars on the road now as when I was young. When people get behind a wheel, they often see a space and just think they can leave it there if there is no sign telling them not to do so.

“It is often because people are trying to avoid high parking costs, especially in cities, and we know built up cities are not able to deal with so much heavy traffic and there isn’t the space to park.

“Many people don’t realise the impact they are having blocking a pavement or cycle lane and I think it is often not deliberate but it is ignorant. We see it with delivery drivers too, who are in a rush and park up willy-nilly wherever they can.”

A spokesperson for Trafford Council has said the issue is out of their control, saying: “We have been made aware of this issue, however, there are currently no traffic regulation orders (TRO) in place that restrict the parking of vehicles on that road.

“While we therefore can’t enforce it, local councillors have been pushing the police to take action for some time and we welcome action taken by GMP using their powers.

“We would remind drivers that they should not park where they would cause an obstruction, particularly on cycle paths.

“Cycling is a great way to travel – it is cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly – so we take a strong view against cycle paths being blocked.”

They added that the problem extends beyond Cornbrook into Gorse Hill and Trafford Park, and that they are conducting a ‘wider review of enforcement’.

“This includes looking at the creation of a TRO so, if inconsiderate parking continues, we can take action and make sure cycle paths are not blocked.”

Transport for Greater Manchester’s City Centre Transport Strategy is currently underway, with the aim for 90% of all trips to the city centre in the morning peak to be made on foot, by cycle, or on public transport before 2040.   

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American in UK says people in the US would be SHOCKED by full English breakfasts

‘They would absolutely flip out’

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An American woman living in the UK has revealed how those on the other side of the pond really regard our cuisine.

While most Brits believe the humble fry-up reigns supreme when it comes to global breakfast offerings, Americans apparently beg to differ.

Lisa Dollan – known as the Yorkshire Peach on TikTok – moved to Leeds from her hometown of Georgia back in 2014, and has since grown a vast internet following with her videos comparing the cultures and customs of the two countries.

And in one of her latest videos, Lisa described ‘things that would freak the Americans out about the UK’, adding that one of them is ‘what y’all eat for breakfast’.

She said: ““O.M.G. If they [Americans] saw the mushrooms, the tomatoes, the baked beans, all of this, the full English, they would absolutely flip out.”

And responding to a viewer asking why exactly Americans would ‘flip out’ over the cooked breakfast, Lisa explained: “Right so stewed tomatoes are only used for cooking sauces never ever eaten any other way. Beans-only eaten with BBQ.”

Lisa added that other things Americans would find shocking in the UK is the long queues at McDonald’s – which apparently Americans just wouldn’t wait for – and the lengths Brits have to go to to pass their driving tests.

She said: “No chance. What you guys have to do to legally drive here is amazing. You guys are all like NASCAR drivers.”

She then added: “Seriously, I took my test in a parking lot.”

People were rightly very amused in the comments, with one viewer writing: “I’ve always been super freaked out watching American TV where they eat doughnuts and cake for breakfast?? idk [sic] if thats real or not but it’s crazy”.

Another noted: “But Americans literally have donuts for breakfast” with a series of crying face emojis. 

In other videos, Lisa also points out other cultural differences between the countries including foods she can’t get in the UK and general complaints about the British weather… which we can’t really argue with.

 

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Marcus Rashford among top 10 favourite celebrities to be Prime Minister

Rashord joined the likes of Martin Lewis, David Attenborough and Gary Neville on the list…

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Marcus Rashford is among the top ten celebrities Brits would like to see run for Prime Minister.

According to a Channel 4 poll, 44% of people would happily vote for a celebrity to run the country, with the Man United star ranking among some of the highest in seventh place. 

Rashford has been widely praised for his charitableness in recent years, with him last year receiving nation-wide praise for challenging the government’s decision to provide free meals for underprivileged children during the summer school holidays.

Additionally, the footballer also became the youngest person to ever top the Sunday Times’ Giving List, with him having given away a massive 125% of his net worth to charity.

Also on the list for PM popularity is Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis, BBC presenter David Attenborough, ITV’s Alison Hammond and comedian Ricky Gervais.

The top traits people would like to see in the leader of the country are honesty and trustworthiness – but they should also be down to earth and have a sense of humour.

A third of people also think the Prime Minister should be compassionate, as well as unbiased and hardworking. 

The survey came ahead of the launch of Channel 4’s new show Make Me Prime Minister, which sees celebrities battle it out in a series of political challenges.

Reacting to the results of the poll, Alastair Campbell, who presents the new show, said: “The contestants in the show are not the only ones who think politics is in a mess and that they could do the job better than Boris Johnson or Liz Truss – but I think they learned that the job is a lot harder than it looks.

“Some of them, without doubt, have real political talent and I hope they go into politics. They will also be pleased by the poll findings that people want our Prime Minister to have integrity, and be trustworthy and honest.

“So should we all.”

The most popular celebrities for PM:

  1. Martin Lewi
  2. David Attenborough
  3. Stephen Fry
  4. Alison Hammond
  5. Richard Osman
  6. Dame Judi Dench
  7. Marcus Rashford
  8. Ricky Gervais
  9. Dame Helen Mirren
  10. Eddie Izzard
  11. Jo Brand
  12. Emma Watson
  13. Miriam Margolyes
  14. Gareth Southgate
  15. Lenny Henry
  16. Paul O’Grady
  17. Gary Neville
  18. Mick Lynch
  19. Steven Bartlett
  20. Hugh Grant
  21. Mel & Sue
  22. Emily Blunt
  23. Daisy May Cooper
  24. Russell Brand
  25. Adele
  26. Jameela Jamil
  27. Bimini Bon Boulash
  28. Maya Jama
  29. Stormzy
  30. Munya Chawawa

 

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Hurricane Ian to bring gale force winds and heavy downpours to Greater Manchester

The Met Office expects ‘minor impacts’ such as surface water flooding or wind damage

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Greater Manchester is set to experience gale force winds and heavy downpours today as a result of Hurricane Ian.

The fallout from the hurricane, which is currently wreaking havoc on Florida’s southwest coast, will be felt across the region today and tomorrow as it brings an ‘area of low pressure’ across the UK.

According to the Met Office, this morning will be mostly dry with the heavy rain and wind set to hit from around lunchtime.

The heavy rainfall is then forecast until at least 7pm this evening. 

Forecasters expect this evening to be marginally drier, though more showers are set to fall in the early hours of Saturday and into the late morning.

The Met Office says this rain should have cleared by Saturday afternoon, with the weather staying mostly dry into Sunday (October 2nd). 

Other parts of the UK will also experience the affects of Hurricane Ian, with strong winds and heavy rain on the forecast.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office Chris Almond said: “This will bring a much wetter and windier spell than we’ve seen so far this autumn, but nothing that is unusual for the time of year.

“The fast-moving system will bring strong gale force winds, locally in excess of 60mph, and heavy rain into the northwest before pushing quickly southeast through the day.

“We could see some minor impacts such as surface water flooding or minor wind damage, as well as some short-lived impacts on ferry crossings, especially in exposed areas of western Scotland and eastern areas of Northern Ireland.

“Later in the day, parts of southeast England could experience winds of around 55mph, which may impact the English Channel too.”

At least ten people have died in what has been called Florida’s ‘deadliest hurricane in history’. Hurricane Ian is now moving inland and heading towards North and South Carolina.

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