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In a positive position

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010


Hands shaking

I was pleasantly surprised by the buzz surrounding the Meet the Buyer event at Stalybridge Civic Hall on Tuesday. Walking round the numerous stalls of local companies there was a real sense of positivism for an event that was set up by the council to showcase the best of Tameside’s businesses.

Every where I turned conversations were taking place between firms and visitors which hopefully means loads of business taking place and deals being done. It reminded me that even in this recession there’s still a huge amount of work going on in Tameside.

We’re not going to sit idly by and let things slip; we want to engage with our residents and businesses and move forward together. That’s what I’m hoping visitors and businesses will have taken away from the event.

I was interviewed by Tameside Radio, who set up a mini studio at the event, and was asked about what we are doing to help businesses in the borough. The simple answer I gave was that we are all about thinking smarter. This recession is affecting us all, there’s no denying that, but if we can continue down this road with events such as this and our Tameside Works First initiative we’ll be better placed than most to tackle it and come though the other side in a strong position.

Something to be proud of

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I took a trip out to Mossley Hollins High School on Monday to see how their BSF project is coming along and I have to say how impressive it looks.

Ed Balls MP, who was accompanied by MP and fellow Tameside councillor Jonathan Reynolds was also on the tour and commented on the excellent work that’s taking place.

As everyone will know competition for BSF funding was extremely fierce but the council has been recognised as highly performing and this, together with our excellent track record for delivery, has meant that we were once again successful in securing funding to invest in our children’s future.

For me our BSF programme demonstrates the council’s clear commitment that no child will ever be left behind, that every person matters and that every young person should be helped to reach their full potential.

It fills me with immense pride to know that despite cutbacks in this area Tameside Council was successful in gaining financial closure on our second PFI contract in our Building Schools for the future programme.

Image of school being built

Don’t forget to register

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

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By now most residents should have received their register to vote documents through the post and I would urge everyone to reply.

I say this because by doing so they are ensuring they are able to exercise their democratic right and have their say.

And because the council has made it easier to do, there’s no excuse. Sixty seconds is all it takes; you can do it by free phone, text or go on-line now, it’s so easy. You may have seen the council’s adverts and press stories offering the same advice.

I believe we are leading the way nationally in finding more efficient, environmentally and customer-friendly ways of carrying out the canvass and are one of the few councils who offer texting as a way of registering.

If you’re still unclear about what to do contact the electoral registration office on 342 3036 or go on the council’s website: tameside.gov.uk/elections

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