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Councillor Gerald Cooney

Ward: Droylsden West

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Participation at Council Meetings and Panels

In my role as Cabinet Deputy for Learning and Achievement, I have participated at Council meetings around the borough and have been in attendance at the following:
• Executive Board Meetings
• Executive Cabinet Meetings
• Full Council
• Droylsden District Assembly
• Admissions Forum
• Work Stream Meetings i.e. Building Schools
• Scrutiny Panel
• AMPAG (Asset Management Plan Advisory Group)
• Great Manchester Pension Fund (Venture Capital)
• Children and Young People Strategic Partnership Board
• Democratic Working Group
• Children in Care Council
• Friends in Tameside Young Carers
• Children’s Services Panel
• Tameside Strategic Partnership Board
• Change for Children
• AGMA Housing and Planning Commission Meetings
• Apprenticeships and Employment sub committee
• Strategic Planning
• Board Member for two Housing Associations (Newcharter and Ashton Pioneer Homes)

Participation at District Assemblies

As an active member of Droylsden Assembly I am involved with all areas including, home watch meetings and tenant/resident gatherings.

Participation on Outside Bodies and Partnerships

As a Member of the Housing Committee for AGMA and a member of Greater Manchester Pension Fund I represent Tameside as an Elected Member.

Participation on School Governing Bodies

In my capacity as Cabinet Deputy for Learning and Achievement, Governor Services is included in my remit. Therefore I do not hold a governors post in a school.

Apprentices and Employment

Working towards and achieving the increase in apprenticeships on top of the existing one working closely with Tameside College and local employers. 

Developing My New Portfolio

My role has since changed and in January 2016, I am now an Executive Member for Health, Housing and Economic Growth. My wide-ranging portfolio gives me responsibility for inward investment, business support, apprentices and skills. I am also a member of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Greater Manchester Planning and Housing Commission, and Tameside Economic and Learning Partnership.

We are working closely with the Greater Manchester Health Devolution team introducing the Integrated Care Organisation and we will continue working together, creating a single commissioning function from April 2016.

Constituency Work

I continue to be active throughout the year attending many local/groups in my ward. In addition I assist with the distribution of the Home Watch newsletter across 3 home watch areas.

As a Ward Member I am involved in producing a local ward newsletter, which I deliver, along with my fellow Ward colleagues across the Droylsden West Ward on a quarterly basis.

As a member of the Crime and Disorder Sub-Committee, I Chair the meeting attended by representatives from the Police, District Assembly Advisors and Councillor Officers.

With regards to PACT meetings, it is the aim to raise awareness of community concerns with those present who will be able to assist in resolving these matters.

Members Advice Surgeries

There are 5 surgeries held each month at various locations which I attend with my ward colleagues.

Training and Development

I am keen to attend Member’s training sessions as I have over the last 12 months, together with seminars and conferences in relation to my brief.

Achievements during the Year

I have attended visits to the College and Award evenings.

Throughout the year I have visited many local primary schools, secondary schools, Sure Start centres, libraries and refurbished sports centres as part of the Tameside Sports Trust.

It has been a privilege to present awards to Tameside Achievers i.e. adult learning event, apprentice open evening, Tameside boys’ final (football), and Tameside pupil achievement awards.

Any other comments

As an elected Councillor for Droylsden West and in my capacity as Cabinet Deputy for Learning and Achievement I will continue to serve the community to the best of my ability.