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What are friends for?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Writing about last week’s clean up of the memorial gardens in Littlemoss reminded me of the continued excellent work the Friends of Droylsden Canal are doing on the town’s behalf.

I’ve mentioned them a few times and plan to do again many times in the future because they need as much publicity as they can get.

The group which was set up to take part in the British Waterways Adoption schemes is a great opportunity for local people and communities to come together to help secure the future of an important part of our nation’s heritage.

Under the scheme they’ve adopted the length of Ashton Canal from the Manchester/Tameside boundary at Edge Lane bridge through to the Audenshaw/Droylsden boundary at Ashton Hill Lane.

And they haven’t hung around. They’ve already carried out their first volunteer day and cleaned up the entrance around the canal towpath at Edge Lane, Droylsden, collecting over 30 black bags (see picture below) of rubbish buried amongst the brambles and undergrowth at the entrance point along with other bulkier flytipped rubbish. Although Sue and I joined the volunteers later on for this event I fully expect to play a full and active role in future group activity.

People at the clean up site

People at the clean up site

Further volunteer days are planned throughout the summer months when the group plan to:

• Tidy up the other site entrances to the towpath
• Carry out maintenance works along the towpath including the painting of lock gates and fencing to improve its appearance.
• Cut back overgrown vegetation
• Planting of spring bulbs (in conjunction with local primary schools) in late summer.

So get involved and join us in making Droylsden a place we can all be proud of.

Partnership work in practise

Monday, June 20th, 2011

For this blog I wanted to highlight the excellent work that has been done around the memorial garden in Littlemoss.

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that the site was simply fenced off and a bit of an eyesore, but once again it is another excellent example of what can be achieved when the council and community work together in partnership.

I, for one, wouldn’t have thought it would be a place I would be proud to have in Droylsden; I am certainly proud of this site now.

Little Moss Memorial Garden

Looking at this picture shows you just how much has been done to make this an area we can all be proud of. With the help of community stalwart, Sandra Street, who co-ordinated the work, I think it is now a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in past wars.

It has attractive planting, done with the help of the local community and is an excellent addition to our town.

I intend to pay my respects at the site with my wife, the Mayor, Cllr Susan Quinn, to lay a wreath on Remembrance Day in what I believe will be the site’s first official ceremony.

Flock to the council’s tweets

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Image of a Twitter page

The council held a 24 hour Twitter day on Thursday involving over 60 staff from front line services tweeting their daily routines and workload.
What I think is an excellent idea was first promoted by Greater Manchester Police as a way of demonstrating to the public just how much they do and how varied their work actually is. It was an instant hit and proved rewarding for the police. Tameside is the first council locally to attempt the feat but I know that others will be watching how we go on with great interest.
Throughout the day officers tweeted their day-to-day activities to demonstrate the range and richness of the work the council as a whole undertakes. From refuse collectors, patrollers and lighting engineers to children’s residential homes, fostering and adoption services and our bereavement services, all were represented with nearly 3,000 posts which works out at roughly two tweets a minute throughout the 24 hours.
Some great stories emerged throughout the day and I am looking forward to the feedback from both the staff involved and from our residents and businesses.
You can still see the tweets at
http://twitter.com/#!/list/TamesideCouncil/twentyfourhours

Working together for the public good

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Droylsden District Assembly has always been well attended and the public who go have always been robust in their appraisal of the councillors and the work the council does on their behalf.

And they have never been shy at voicing their concerns on how things should be; that’s what makes the meetings so worthwhile and constructive in their outcomes. To those who are not regular visitors it may appear that the audience can be aggressive towards the top table, but that’s simply not the case. All six of the Droylsden members and many in the public gallery have known each other for a long time and all only want one thing; what’s best for the town.

What is also apparent in these meetings is the sense of community spirit which comes shining through from the audience. This was once again clearly demonstrated at the last Assembly meeting when we were shown a presentation of all the work being done to turn Copperas Field into a wild flower meadow (pictured below) for the whole community to enjoy. An idea that was first muted by the DA audience and carried out with the help of local volunteers.

Yes they can give us a hard time; thinking of the frank exchanges over the Metrolink, but they can also give us thanks, as they did recently over the incident involving travellers in Sunnybank Park.

These are just a couple of examples, and there are many more, of the Droylsden community working together with the Council to enhance an area for the greater public good. Long may it continue!
Cllr Kieran Quinn and his wife Cllr Susan Quinn

Partnership work works!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

I wanted to highlight the excellent work going on at the Jubilee Gardens Disabled Children’s Centre, Droylsden in my blog.

Funded by an Aiming high for Disabled Children capital grant the centre has recently been refurbished and I’m looking forward to unveiling the new centre in the not-too-distant-future, along with the Mayor.

Apart from extensive building work the centre has been completely updated inside with a wide range of specialist equipment to enable disabled children to enjoy activities in a safe and fun environment.

But, for me, the most exciting aspect of the project is that all the facilities can be accessed and shared by all the groups who’ve moved into the building; including the council and NHS who now work side by side with volunteers and parents.

As centre deputy manager, Sheena Wooding said: “The parents and children are delighted with the new facilities, the centre was well used before but now there are more possibilities to increase services to disabled children and their families; we are very proud of what we have achieved as the work we do is a true partnership with parents.”

My double date experience!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Last Thursday lunchtime saw me first meet a government minister, then take part in a webchat, and all from the confines of the Gunn Inn in Hollingworth!

I was there to meet Norman Baker, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport along with the local MP Jonathan Reynolds and the council’s Chief Executive to discuss the ceaseless traffic congestion that area suffers because it desperately needs a bypass.

I don’t think anyone will dispute that some kind of relief road is needed for the villages of Mottram, Hollingworth and Tintwistle. It’s just a case of what kind and where.

And while I was there, complete with laptop on my knee, I took part in my second webchat with the Tameside Advertiser.

As ever the questions posed by the Advertiser’s readers were challenging and thought-provoking and, yet again, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Unfortunately we ran out of time so I was unable to answer all the questions the readers sent in. But like on the previous occasion I promised to respond to any questions that are forwarded on to me by the Advertiser.
Cllr Kieran Quinn on a laptop

It was a fun day!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Image of people at the family fun day in Copperas FieldI recently attended a family fun day in Copperas Field, Droylsden and was impressed, not only with the turnout, but the enthusiasm the event seemed to generate.

The Friends of Copperas Field’s annual event was the fourth they have held and it was considered to be the best one yet.

What impressed me most about the day was that both young and old looked like they were really enjoying themselves and there was a great feeling of community spirit which the event seemed to evoke.

I was particularly please because the day was also being used as a recruitment event for the Copperas group and the canal clean up campaign I’ve highlighted in a number of my recent blogs.

If anyone would like more information on joining the Friends of Copperas Field, please ring 0161 342 3609.

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