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Join the friends

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Waterway adoption handbook

I wanted to highlight the excellent campaign being rolled out in my ward of Droylsden East; one that should see the canal, which runs right through it, brought back into use as a community facility.

The canal towpath which runs from the Manchester border on one side to the Audenshaw boundary on the other has been adopted by a friends group who have pledged to not only tidy it up but beautify it for everyone to enjoy. The project is part of British Waterways adopt-a-canal scheme, which has been set up to encourage positive action like that which is going on in Droylsden.

The group has only just been set up so is looking for more members, the more the merrier, and a number of events have been lined up to promote the cause. I do hope that as many people as possible join in. Any interested parties should keep an eye on the local press for information or just keep reading my blogs because I, for one, will be keeping an eye on proceedings!

Visit https://www.waterscape.com/features-and-articles/features/british-waterways-canal-adoption-schemes for more information on how to set up a similar project.

You Choose grants for worthwhile groups

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Image of people at a You Choose Event

In one of my recent blogs I talked about the successful launch of the council’s You Choose initiative, which will see money handed over to community groups for worthwhile causes.

Well I’m pleased to say that we are now set to hand over cash to those who made successful pitches at the recent Droylsden event, starting with the £3,000 we will be handing over to St Stephens RC gardening club on Monday.

The school pupils plan to use the money to set up a chicken run, plus other eco-projects to raise awareness of the environment within the community.

I’ve mentioned the scheme in my blogs before but I think it’s worth highlighting again, that the recycling our residents do from their homes has a direct impact on the money we can hand out; the more that’s recycled, the more You Choose money that will be available.

The two pilot schemes in Denton & Audenshaw and Droylsden (they are organised on a District Assembly basis) proved a huge success, raising over £100,000 for local groups. More are planned for the other towns; follow the link to see when and where and good luck!


A vote of confidence!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Ballot Box

I would like to use this blog as an opportunity to thank all the people of Droylsden East who supported me at last Thursday’s local elections, returning me as their candidate for another four years with an increased turnout and an increased personal vote.

Droylsden residents have had to put up with some difficulties recently, what with the disruption caused by Metrolink and the town centre issues. But with the marina about to restart and Droylsden Academy opening in January, these are all schemes which are nearing completion and things we can all be rightly proud of once completed.

The town and Tameside as a whole have had to face up to some difficult challenges over the past 12 months and will have to face up to many more as we move forward through these difficult economic times.

It was also a positive sign that the voter turnout was high, obviously meaning more residents were exercising their right to vote, which in turn improves democracy which can never be a bad thing.

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