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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Our Priorities for 2022

Friday, 14 January 2022

Welcome to my first blog of 2022, the beginning of a year that I hope will be an era of transformation for Tameside and its communities as we look to build back better, fairer and greener from the coronavirus pandemic.

While the government has made the decision to hold back from introducing major new measures, the fight against the Omicron variant of coronavirus remains far from over. As we enter a new year, please keep doing everything possible to protect yourself and those around you. If you have not already done so I would also urge you to get your vaccination or booster from one of the many hubs and drop-in centres that have been set up across Tameside & Glossop. You can find the nearest one to you using our website here.

Build Back Better

 















 


Last year we committed the Council to a policy of Inclusive Growth, with a focus on creating opportunities for all and distributing the benefits of prosperity fairly across the borough. Even in its early stages 2021 saw the completion of a number of projects to turn this into a reality, including Droylsden Library, Hyde Pool and the expansion of our markets offer. Over the next twelve months we want to build, quite literally, on that success. The Godley Green Garden Village, which will deliver over 2,000 much-needed high quality homes, is currently going through the statutory approval process. This will be complemented by the release of our new Housing Strategy, which will lay out the big picture of how we will deliver a balanced and sustainable housing market that will ensure everybody in Tameside can keep a roof over their heads. We also intend to begin the transformation of St. Petersfield into a state-of- the-art employment hub, as well as a series of improvements in Ashton town centre including the long-awaited renovation and reopening of the historic town hall.
 
Build Back Fairer
 

Our vision to build back fairer has the dual objective of improving the lives of those at the margins of our society, and taking steps to guarantee that everybody in Tameside is protected from the spectre of crime and abuse. Our work with the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission will continue as we listen to the voices of those for whom poverty is not an abstract concept, but an everyday reality. It is my hope that early this year we will be in a position to identify the most serious issues to address in the fight against poverty and begin to craft solutions to face them head-on. We will also work closely with the Greater Manchester Police, local organisations and communities to raise awareness of, and take firm action against, hate crime and anti-social behaviour. This will include supporting the GM Gender Based Violence Strategy and the #IsThisOkay campaign to make our city region safer for women and girls by confronting both gender based violence and the attitudes that enable it.

Build Back Greener



The climate crisis is the gravest existential threat we face as a planet, and in 2022 we will be treating it with the seriousness it deserves. At the end of last year we underlined our commitment with the release of our radical Carbon and Environment Strategy, which maps out what we will do over the next five years to meet our objective of making Tameside carbon neutral by 2038. But we know that taking the fight to the climate crisis will only be possible through a collective effort. That’s why 2022 will also be the year when the green transport revolution in Greater Manchester truly begins to spread its wings with the introduction of the GM-wide Clean Air Zone, the continued rolling out of the Bee Network cycling and walking infrastructure improvements, and beginning the process of bringing our city region’s buses back into public control.

After two years defined and dominated by coronavirus, I hope that 2022 will be the year in which we will begin to chart a course into the long-awaited but uncertain post-pandemic world. Through a relentless focus on investing for inclusive growth, fostering safe and welcoming communities, and protecting our shared environment we will show that a fairer, better and greener future is within our grasp. I intend to waste no time in getting started.

 

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