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Councillor Ann Holland

Ward: Droylsden West

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

I have been an Elected Member representing the Droylsden West Ward for the last 27 years. For most of that time, I also worked part-time for a retail outlet as an Administrative Assistant. I have been married for 48 years and have two grown up children. I have fitted in, with difficulty at times, all my responsibilities as a working wife, mother and Labour Councillor into my life.

Participation at Council Panels

I am now a Cabinet Secretary for Neighbourhoods and Partnerships. I am very interested in working with adults with learning difficulties, the homeless, the disabled and children with special needs and I have a special interest in education, youth provision and clean streets.

I am also a member of the Place Scrutiny Panel. This Panel has responsibility for considering all parts of Environmental Services, Asset Management, Digital Services and Development, Growth and Investment.

The Panel has received regular updates from Council Services and partners on a range of issues such as Employment and Skills, Refuse and Recycling, investment and Development and GMRAPS.

In-depth reviews have been carried out on the skills agenda in Tameside, sustainable approach to grounds maintenance and housing strategy (empty homes).

Participation at District Assemblies

The Droylsden and Audenshaw District Assembly constitutes a very important part of my council duties. We have six Labour Councillors in Droylsden, who work as a good team. We work in the community, listening to give the best service and “best value” we can.

We held regular District Assembly meetings again this year, attended by the Police, officers from the Council and of course the Droylsden and Audenshaw Councillors. The District Assemblies provide an open forum where questions can be posed directly by members of the public to any of the groups mentioned above.

Participation on Outside Bodies

I am a member of the following outside bodies:
• Droylsden Town Team
• Board member, Water Adventure Centre
• Chair, Fairfield Community Centre
• PACT Member – Droylsden West Ward
• Homewatch Co-ordinator representative
• Prime Youth Club
• Member of Groundwork for Manchester, Stockport, Salford, Trafford and Tameside

As a Councillor, I attend many public meetings with the police, tenants’ and residents’ associations and Homewatch groups. I have organised many seminars for the elderly in warden-controlled accommodation to inform them about crime, safety in the home, fire prevention and services available from Age Concern.

Participation on Governing Bodies

I retired from the Governing Body of Manchester Road Primary School in Droylsden after serving 15 years, having served for 30 years as a Governor at other schools.

Achievements During the Year

I believe that we have achieved a great deal in Droylsden, providing services that the public wants. The Metro Tram is a great success, Metrolink has helped by funding new road surfacing in residential areas which were damaged because of road diversions.

Droylsden West PACT meetings are a great success. Working together with our local Police and community groups we have reduced crime.

We have succeeded in starting PRIME Youth Club, we volunteers in partnership with Youth Services have now a great youth club Wednesday and Friday, 7pm until 9pm, averaging between 40 and 60 young people attending.

I am very pleased to report that the swimming pool at Medlock Sports Centre continues to thrive and provides a first-rate facility for the whole community to enjoy. A children’s play area and a superb fitness centre are well used. We also have more play equipment on our smaller play areas.