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Councillor John Taylor

Ward: Dukinfield

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Participation at Council Meetings and Panels

I attended all the following meetings during 2015/2016:-
Board meetings
Full Council meetings
Cabinet meetings
Carbon Reduction meetings
Greater Manchester Pension Fund and various Pension Fund Sub-Committee meetings

Participation at District Assemblies

All future District Assembly meetings ceased at the end of 2015/2016, prior to this I attended several meetings during the early part of the year.

Participation on Outside Bodies and Partnerships

During the 2015/2016 period my role as Deputy Leader changed to take on further responsibilities and some of my responsibilities have been passed to other Executive Members. I now have responsibility for Planning, Districts and Customer Services as part of my brief.

I was recently appointed to sit on a special Scrutiny Panel for the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) who will oversee the transition of the new political system now in place for Greater Manchester.

I continue to Chair Tameside for Good panel and the panel agreed grants of £65,000 to various local community groups and charities. I am also a member of the Young Carers panel and I have recently been assisting my colleague Councillor Oliver Ryan to help develop the councils new Youth Council. I became a trustee of the George Byrom Trust in 2015 and I remain a trustee of the Dukinfield Emma Rowland trust fund.

Progress with the development of Ashton market is nearing completion and traders are now moving into their new kiosks. The Christmas market once again was a successful event although the site was greatly reduced due to the ongoing development of the market ground. We are improving the Stalybridge market offer by working with the Stalybridge Town Team to organise a further series of events to help improve the town.

Constituency Work

As part of my Portfolio I took an active part in the successful roll out of the Bin Swap scheme which has seen recycling increase to record levels resulting in savings of excess of £3m in landfill taxes. I was also part of the project team involved in the redevelopment of Ashton Old Baths into a Business Centre, the old listed building has now been restored and a new hub has been constructed inside the original building.

Members Advice Surgeries

I along with my Dukinfield Ward colleagues Cllr Brian Wild and Cllr Jacqueline Lane hold regular surgeries which are held in Dukinfield Town Hall.

Training and Development

I have attended all Elected Member Development training sessions during 2015/2016 and attended all Pension Fund training sessions.

Achievements during the Year

I continue in my role as Chair of the Active Tameside Board. It has been a very busy year for the Board culminating in a recent announcement that the council has introduced a £20m investment plan for new facilities, sadly this has resulted in the closure of Dukinfield swimming pool but this facility will be replaced with a new £2.5m sports centre which will contain new pools, a new Wellness Centre will also be constructed to serve the people of Tameside. The Trust over previous years has lost financial support due to the Government cuts and the revenue generated from these new facilities will generate new revenue to support the activities of the Trust.

During the previous year the Trust opened Sky High Climbing which is a high flying, indoor clip and climb facility at the Medlock site in Droylsden which is proving extremely popular with all ages. We are working closely with Public Health to help improve the lives of all Tameside residents.

Any other comments

Again this has been a very difficult year with further government cuts to the council’s revenue budget. The year ended on a high note when Tameside MBC was announced Council of the Year, this is the result of all the hard work and dedication of our staff and elected members. I would like to send thanks to all our remaining staff for their support which is very much appreciated.