Friday, 27 September 2013

Saturday, 7 September 2013


Let Our Councils Franchise Rail Services and they'll save £20m

Councillors in Greater Manchester have joined other northern councils in drawing up a plan to convince ministers to let them take charge of train franchising.

Councillors in Greater Manchester have joined other northern councils in drawing up a plan to convince ministers to let them take charge of train franchising

Doing so will ‘unlock the rail system’s fullest potential’, he says, allowing councils to spend existing rail budgets more wisely – while taking into account the needs of the region’s economy.

Meanwhile, fare setting would become more transparent, allowing rail users to see how their cash was re-invested.

Sir Howard Bernstein last year highlighted the West Coast mainline debacle – in which DfT officials bungled the franchising process at a cost of up to £40m – as demonstrating the need for devolution.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Kate Green condemns Eric Pickles for Abandonding Pollution Monitoring


Kate is challenging the government’s proposal to remove the duty for local authorities to report air quality figures and potential associated health risks.

The proposal comes after Tory minister Eric Pickles ignored local concerns over a proposal to add an incinerator's emissions to the air above Davyhulme, Lostock and Stretford, already deemed to be overly polluted. Mr Pickles wants councils to stop measuring air quality.
Why is Eric so keen on Pollutors

Monday, 13 May 2013

Stretford Road Safety Success

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) joined forces with Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, Trafford Council's Road Safety Unit and various other organisations for the day to raise awareness of road safety. Students from Trafford College gave demonstrations on how to check your car is safe while volunteers from local bike companies carried out free maintenance checks and repairs, helped by the Trafford Youth Offending Team.

Stretford Station Manager Gethin Curzon said: "It may surprise some people to know that firefighters are now called to more road traffic collisions than fires and this is something that we are working to reduce.

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Read more at Fire Authority

Friday, 10 May 2013

Local Labour tribute to Sir Alex

Fergie Miliband Cllr Acton said: “While having United on our doorstep creates its own problems at times there can be no argument, even from our blue comrade, that the success Sir Alex has brought to this team and to this place is never going to be equalled.

“He's left United the biggest and most successful club in the world and we're so proud of Sir Alex in Gorse Hill.”

 Mike Cordingley, a season ticket holder at City, agreed; "Undoubtedly the best manager there's ever been.".
And Laurence Walsh added: "And a big Labour man too. Thank you Sir Alex."

PS - So is David Moyes!

Read more in Messenger

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

10,000 children across Greater Manchester took up smoking


Nearly six children A DAY took up smoking in Manchester during the last year, according to Cancer Research UK figures. 

In fact, more than 10,000 children across the Greater Manchester area took up the habit in 2012. 
Alison Cox, Tobacco Control Lead for Cancer Research UK, said that they are pushing for legislation which will drastically change the design of cigarette packs. This, she hopes, will deglamorise cigarettes in the eyes of children. “Children find a dull looking cigarette pack a turn off whereas they find a colourful, glitzy, well designed pack interesting,” she said. 

 Read more in Mancunian Matters

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Labour hit out at end to Environmental Enforcement

flytipping pic

Read more in Messenger

Jane Baugh is so right that the ending of the enforcement team in Trafford is going to lead to more pictures like this. The Tories need to stop their trivial set-up photoshoots with supporters (can't call them activists) and change their plans now.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Old Trafford Stadium nominated as an asset of community value

Supporters nominate Old Trafford as an asset of community value to protect it from its current or future owners selling the stadium.
Read more on Republic of Mancunia Supporters' site.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Thunder Tunnel brightens up

Humphrey Park Station subway gets a make-over. Some of us used to know this place as the Thunder tunnel as steam engines trundled over it. It never used to look good but thanks to the artistry of Lostock College pupils - it's had a facelift and we've never seen it look better.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Countdown to Marathon Begins

Sunday 28th April 2013

It's going to be difficult to drive through Stretford and Gorse Hill whilst the Greater Manchester Marathon is being run. We're advising residents to plan their journeys and to walk or cycle on that day if feasible.

More information is available on the marathon's website

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Mum's Fight over dog poo on Gorse Hill Pavements

"Lots of kids play out in the street but they’re having to play among the dog poo. I have a 10-month-old baby, Elsie, and in the future I want her to be able to go to the park and walk along the street without swerving the mess.

Read more at: Advertiser

Friday, 1 February 2013

Tories Foist New Poll Tax on Trafford

Millions of low-income households face a rise in their council tax bills costing them up to £600 a year from April under a "poll tax bombshell", according to new study. And Trafford is not excluded.
People in low-paid jobs and those on benefits who currently pay little or no council tax will be hit with increased bills within months in three out of four local authorities, it has emerged.
Most councils have decided to reduce the council tax benefit available for residents on low incomes after central government imposed a 10 per cent cut on the total subsidy budget. At present 3.2 million working-age households receive such support.
Read more in Independent

Support Special Educational Needs - Kate Green's Blog

Kate Green

This is a huge issue for parents in Trafford. Again and again I hear reports of families left without the services they need, parents fighting to get a statement of special needs, and worries about the future as children’s needs change as they grow older.

Recently, Trafford Council’s been consulting on its SEN provision. The government’s also due to bring forward new legislation to improve the “local offer” to families with disabled children.

Read more on Kate's Blog

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

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