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Councillor Joe Kitchen

Ward: Hyde Godley

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Participation at Council Meetings and Panels

I have participated at Council meetings and been in attendance at the following:
• Full Council
• Executive Board Meetings
• Executive Cabinet Meetings
• Employment Appeals Panels - Chair
• Joint Overview Panels
• Standards Committees
• Community Safety Panels - Chair

Participation at District Assemblies

• Hyde and Longdendale/Hattersley District Assembly

Participation on Outside Bodies and Partnerships

• Hattersley Development Trust
• Police and Crime Steering Group

Constituency Work

• I have participated in the distribution of funds from the Ward Monies Scheme for Godley
• I have taken part in meetings with colleagues and officers in relation to Ward and District Assembly issues
• I have met with local businesses and residents’ group representatives
• I have dealt with a variety of constituents’ problems during the year, liaising where necessary with our member of Parliament and his staff
• I have met with Residents, Police and officers regarding Anti-Social Behaviour/ Vandalism issues.
• Chair of Hyde United in the community, and Director of Hyde United Football Club.

Members Advice Surgeries

I hold regular surgeries on the second Saturday of each month at Hyde Town Hall and Hatterley Library.

Training and Development

I have received training in my capacity as a Councillor and as Chair of Council Business and Member of the Executive Board.

I will continue to attend training and seminars in my capacity as Chair of Council Business, as I believe this to be an important part of my role, which benefits both myself as a Councillor and Tameside Council.

Wherever possible I will promote good practice in Tameside and implement policies efficiently and effectively in the interest of all concerned.

Achievements during the Year

• Community Forum Association, the library service and a satellite post for the Police.

• I have assisted with the publication to produce the free Community News Magazine which is posted to 5,000 homes in Godley and Hyde area in conjunction with the Hyde Football Club the magazine is now also available on the Internet.

• My Ward colleagues and I arranged the Senior Citizens Christmas Party which was held at Hyde Football Club, more than 80 residents of Hyde was invited and provided with lunch, entertainment and gifts.

• Along with my Ward colleagues we are planning to host another community gathering for the senior citizens which is due to take place at the end of May 2015.

• We are also in the process of planning an event to celebrate the 130 Anniversary year of the formation of Hyde Football Club which is due to take place on the 27 July 2015, including a variety of attractions and Fun Fair for all the family commencing 24 to 26 July 2015.

• In my role as Director at Hyde United in the Community and along with support from my colleagues Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick and Cllr Betty Affleck we have managed to purchase the club from the owner, this is now a community football club owned by the fans and local community. We have managed to secure funding of £400,000 from Tameside Council to install the latest 3G artificial pitch which will be used by the local community and schools.

We are also bringing the Hyde United Academy back from Knutsford to Ewan Fields where they will have their own classrooms which can be used by the local community in the evenings and weekends. We are also setting up a ladies team which will be called Tameside United which will be run through the academy. We will also be the home for Manchester Villa FC who will play all their home games at the ground.

We will continue to hold community events such as senior citizens Christmas parties, firework displays, the most recent event was attended by over 4,000 people with many more missing out. This year attendance at the event will be by ticket only as there is obviously a need for this type of event in the area. We will also be holding the family funfair at least 3 times per year. We will continue to hold charity events to raise funds for SSAFA the annual Blood Bikes event and many other events to support local charities. We are also holding events such as walking football and we are also looking to provide football for people with disabilities.