Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington

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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Have Your Say on Our Future

Thursday, 17 January 2019

If there has been one constant in local government over the past decade, it is that things change. Whether it’s because we need to introduce new legislation or regulations handed down to us from Whitehall, or because we’ve had further cuts imposed upon us by the government, or simply because there’s a better and more efficient way of doing things, we are always finding new ways to deliver vital services and invest in our shared future.

That’s why I want to take the opportunity to highlight the fact that there are currently two consultations open that will allow you to have your say not just on the future of Tameside, but the future of Greater Manchester as well.

 

The first is the consultation on the revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, also known as Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment. As I discussed in my blog last week, the Spatial Framework is a single plan for the development of land for housing and employment that covers all ten local authorities in our city region. This will allow us to deliver the homes and businesses that our residents need at pace and scale, while also ensuring that they are built where we want them to be built. Tameside has identified three major sites for the Framework; Ashton Moss West, Godley Green Garden Village and South of Hyde. Together, these will provide the land for around 2,790 homes and 175,000 square metres of high-quality employment floor space. It is true that some of this land is currently designated as Green Belt; however after listening carefully to our resident’s concerns we have reduced the allocation of Green Belt land significantly from the previous draft of the Framework. We have also returned seventeen other sites back into the Green Belt, and introduced additional protections for all of our remaining Green Belt land.  

The consultation on the Framework, run by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, can be found on their website here and will remain open until 18th March. All responses will be looked at, and based on what you’ve told us, further revisions may be considered before the final plan is released next year.

 

The second consultation, which I talked about in my blog at the end of last year, is our annual Budget Consultation. This year’s is particularly significant as it is the first time we are running the consultation for both the Council and the local health Clinical Commissioning Group. Unfortunately, despite this big change there are some things that have remained the same. Funding from the government has been cut in half since 2010, and we predict that a further £70 million of savings will be required over the next five years. That reduced funding needs a cover a huge variety of council and health services, ranging from bin collections to care for the elderly to the provision of GP surgeries. We want to hear from you about which services we should prioritise, and whether you have any ideas on how we can deliver them more efficiently, either by saving money or raising revenue.

The Budget Consultation is on the Big Conversation webpages and will run until 29th January. Your replies and opinions will be an important factor in finalising our plans for the Budget, which is due to be agreed at the end of the February.

I truly believe that such consultations, talking with our residents to get their views, are not just a “nice to have”. They are vital to making sure that we can go forward with confidence. It’s not enough to make changes, we must also make sure that we either bring our residents along with us or, at the very least, make sure you understand why we’ve made the choices that we’ve made.

With your help, together, will we not only face the significant challenges this year will bring, but we will also embrace the significant opportunities that await us. So make sure that you have your say.  

 

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