Our event on 1 November 2018 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.
Chorlton Coop Cluster put an urgent question to the Cooperative Group board at this the 2018 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.