Gorse Hill Labour

A regular blog and updates from Mike Cordingley, Councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in Trafford – Gtr Manchester.

A Sounding Board

I want to tell you what I’m doing as a councillor. It was your votes that put me here and I think it’s right that I report back to you.

And I want you to be able to tell me I’m wrong or tell me I’m right. That’s all there is to it. It’s a sounding board.

Mike Cordingley November 2010

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News

Trafford needs to make up a budget shortfall of £37m for the next financial year, with more than £15m of that due to direct pressures caused by the coronavirus.

Measures to balance the budget include:

  • Increased Parking Charges
  • Reduced Green Bin Service
  • Reduced support for Sports Clubs renting pitches
  • Reduced maintenance of verges and parks
  • Reduced cleaning of town centres

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.

Gorse Hill councillors met this week with Steve Black who is co-ordinating the census work in Trafford. He emphasised how important the census is in allocating services. It’s about making sure everyone completes the form. You’ll be hearing a lot more as we get nearer to March.

Consultation on the long-awaited masterplan for the 26-acre site will not take place until next year due to delays caused by Covid-19, land owner Peel L&P said. 

Pomona Island, which Peel has rebranded as Manchester Waters, is a swathe of land that sits between the Bridgewater Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal west of the city centre, straddling Trafford, Salford and Manchester local authority areas. 

I’m disappointed. There’s real scope for something low traffic, green and exciting but a piecemeal approach won’t deliver.

Mike Cordingley