Below is a sample letter that you can use to contact your local MP for support regarding the urgent need for toilet repairs at the Wythenshawe track. Please copy and paste into your email and if you have time adapt for your particilar concerns and needs. Thank you.

 

Dear

I am writing to express my genuine dismay and concern at the proposed closure of the toilet and changing  facilities at the Wythenshawe Park Athletics track and to request your support as a matter of urgency in order  to get his situation resolved as quickly as possible.

I regularly attend the track to take part in cycling sessions.

Simply Cycling run a fully accessible cycling club at this site and have been doing so for 15 years. The track is regularly attended by 500+ visitors every week of all abilities and disabilities including Special Needs Schools, Adult Care support centres and organisations and local families and residents that may or may not have family members with special needs.

As from Monday (10th December 2018) there will no longer be any toilet facilities on site  due to the dilapidated state of the existing toilets and the Health and Safety issues this brings. The facilities have had no investment in their maintenance despite the club currently paying £5000 per year to hire the track and facilities there. At the moment we have been informed that we  will be required to use the football changing facilities and toilets located at the centre of the adjacent busy car park. As yet we have had no information about plans to repair or replace the toilets.

I feel that the proposed  arrangements do not take into consideration the needs of the cyclists and their families and little thought has been given to accessibility and safety.The proposed facilities are situated in a hazardous environment requiring users to traverse a busy car park with very uneven ground; the facilities are not in clear view of the track which will make 1:1 supervision and support impossible for some. Additionally, with no natural separation from the general public, the safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults is highly compromised.

With all this in mind I urge you to give us your support to ensure the existing facilities are repaired or replaced as a matter of urgency.

If you need more information then please contact Sue Blaylock tel: 07753 428937 or email sueblaylock2708@aol.com to discuss further or to arrange a visit.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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June seems so far away now – but this short video is a lovely reminder of blue skies and a great day!

Every year Simply Cycling joins the parade and this year were proud to be up at the front again!

Enjoy!

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July 2018

If you’ve been to the Wythenshawe track recently then you cannot have failed to notice our new kitchen and especially the addition of our wonderful new cupboard units!

We would like to say a big thank you to Renaker Build Ltd for co-ordinating things, The Richmond Cabinet Company in Glossop (www.richmondcabinet.co.uk)  for donating the units and Gary Williams Joinery of Bolton for their generous services installing them. Much appreciated.

As you can see from the photos everyone is very pleased and the units look great!

Nov 2017

Just a quick thank you again, as today I did 8 laps. I find it very hard to believe how at first I couldn’t do 1 lap without stopping. If I continue like this I will be able to do the Tour de France soon.

I can’t thank you and all the volunteers enough, but mostly Gregor.

Margaret Edwards

September 2017

Ray and I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at Simply Cycling for the last couple of years of cycling for George and then for Ivy. Everyone has been so welcoming, making the children feel safe and confident. You also provided an easy way for two grandparents to be able to introduce our angels to cycling in a safe environment so that we could relax and enjoy watching them learn. Special thanks must be given to Jeff (Geof?) Helen and Gregor. Even as a beginner cyclist I have felt able to join in cycling with my special little ones. It is a healthy activity for all the family, regardless of ability and a most wonderful community resource.
Many many thanks to everyone who makes this possible we truly appreciate all your efforts.
Much love
Diane and Ray
❤️❤️❤️

 

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26th March 2015

Lana is 44 years old.

How long have you been volunteering with Simply Cycling?

I have been volunteering with Simply Cycling every Tuesday for two years.

What do you do here?

I meet and greet the cyclists and take and record the £2 subs.

Why do you volunteer for Simply Cycling?

I like meeting people, I am also a keen cyclist and I had some spare time!

What makes it fun for you?

No two days are the same, I always have a laugh and a talk to all sorts of people from all walks of life.  I can also really see how my few hours volunteering helps people and can change people’s lives.

16th March 2015

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Gregor is 29 years old and has enjoyed riding a bike for as long as he can remember.

How long have you been volunteering with Simply Cycling?

I have been volunteering with Simply Cycling for nearly five years. I come three times a week.

What do you do here?

I help to mend and maintain the bikes, get them out of the containers and put them away again. It has also been known for me to make the odd cup of tea.

Why do you volunteer for Simply Cycling?

I like being helpful and busy but I usually have time for a chat with friends and colleagues. Last year I was helped by Simply Cycling to complete the City Guilds Level 2 Cycle Maintenance qualification, so I now get to tackle bigger repair jobs.

What makes it fun for you?

I get to see friends, old and new and I really love the long bike rides we do on the cycling holidays like the 2 Coast Challenge in May this year.

Look out for Gregor at the Longford Park track, he will be the tall chap wearing his favourite army gear. Don’t forget to say Hi.

10th March 2015

Spring is just around the corner and Simply Cycling is busy planning 2 cycling holiday breaks.

The first one is to North Wales on 2nd and 3rd of April. The start will be at Talacre and the ride will follow the coast towards Rhyl and Colwyn Bay – quite a flat ride but quite challenging if it is windy.

The second one is much more for the experienced cyclists amongst you! We are calling it the 2 Coast Challenge taking place 24th -26th May, cycling from Manchester to Hornsea in East Yorkshire to paddle in the North Sea and then cycling from Manchester to Southport on 28th May to wet our toes in the Irish Sea. Altogether that is about 220 miles but we have allowed a day off between the two and arranged transport home and overnight accommodation where necessary. So if you fancy either the Welsh Coast Ride or the 2 Coast Challenge then call Sue or Helen to find out more.