Labour Councillors for Gorse Hill in Trafford, Greater Manchester


The Musings of a Labour Councillor

GorseTalk is the personal blog of Mike Cordingley. Mainly political, the views expressed will not be official views of the UK Labour Party.

Weekly update – October 20 2018

Had a week off so shouldn’t be a great deal to report. However it was budget executive which meant I had to break away from decorating for a day to prepare my presentation on Monday night. The annual Autumn Budget executive is the first publish of a process that begins much earlier to determine income […]

County Matters

Cycled over to Ashton on Mersey for a spot of canvassing in one of our targeted wards. Getting to know Ashton on Mersey a bit better these days. I have a long relationship with the town without regularly visiting it. As a kid I looked out over a playing field at the side of the […]

Citizen Planning

We’re doing it wrong aren’t we? Planners chew a pencil end and create. Managers look at the budget and frown. Planners go back and modify. Politicians call for a tent, people queue and some are beckoned. Hushed tones. Death by Powerpoint. Anti Climax. Shuffle on. A cheerful alternative? Why is planning our place so tediously […]

Media Praise for Altrincham (and mine for Partington)

You may have seen media praise for Altrincham’s regeneration recently, such as this article in the online local government journal Local Gov. It’s a worthwhile read. In many ways the Partington transformation has been even more impressive despite its much smaller size. Altrincham has benefited from a focus on the assets within the town centre […]