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Councillor David Sweeton

Ward: Dukinfield/Stalybridge

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Participation at Council Meetings and Panels

  • 100% attendance at Full Council Meetings
  • 100% attendance at both the Dukinfield and the Stalybridge and Mossley District Assemblies
  • I have attended all the Statutory and External Partners Scrutiny Panel and Sub Group Meetings
  • 100% attendance at all Liquor License Meetings where I have been required.
  • 100% attendance at Stalybridge Town Team Meetings
  • I have attended where necessary local Home Watch Schemes
  • I have been active within the Tameside East Trussell Trust Food Bank Programme
  • I have attended a significant number of on-going training and development courses which I feel are applicable and beneficial to my Council role.
  • 100% attendance at the TMBC Planning Committee
  • I have attended where necessary the Dukinfield East Residents Association

Constituency/Ward Issues During the Year

During this last municipal year I have been Chairman of the Stalybridge & Mossley District Assembly, my Deputy has been Mossley Member, Councillor Ellie Shember-Critchley. From the out-set, my intention has been to ensure all Councillors are considered relevant to our constituents and as such have encouraged several community groups to attend each DA to present community projects and achievements. This approach refreshed the feel of the meeting and ensured attendances were always good.

During this year I took on the Chairmanship of Longdendale Housing Society, an organisation with rental properties on 2 footprints within the borough and offering good safe accommodation at affordable rents. This challenge has taken up a great deal of my time.

Stalybridge Town Team has been extremely active in terms of clean-ups, market offers and Christmas celebrations but I am most proud of our second regional 'In Bloom' entry where we were awarded a Silver Gilt in addition to a special heritage award. I once again went to thank all those residents who helped at partner organisations including Mottram Road Allotment Society, New Charter, TMBC, traders for adopting flower tubs and local schools.

Gorse Hall Country Park has finally had 2 new general purpose bins positioned at opposite ends of the footprint and as a result fewer dog bags indiscriminately thrown around the park have been reported.

New Charter have finally developed a scheme for the old Casablanca site in the centre of Stalybridge and more recently full planning permission has been secured. A start date is imminent.