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Councillor Kieran Quinn

Ward: Droylsden East

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Achievements During the Year

As Leader I continue to steer the Council through difficult economic times, while also by making sure that local residents benefit from any opportunities available.

As Leader of the Council clearly the biggest achievement was winning Council of the Year. The Award was made after an assessment of the Council which involved a visit by a panel of judges. It is really pleasing that after the cuts the Council has had to face, we were judged the best Council in the Country. The judges were particularly impressed with our ability especially with massively shrinking budgets, how we were innovative in finding new ways of working which benefits residents, especially in Droylsden East but throughout Tameside.

The Droylsden East members have a strong reputation for listening to local people and helping where we can, which is why I believe I was re-elected in 2015 with an increase in my majority. This would not happen if I was as remote as some of our opposition try to paint.

The town centre is still key to everyone. The Town Team is made up of town centre businesses, faith and community groups churches and the council, I am sure it has had a positive impact to assist to ensure Droylsden is still a vibrant and inviting place to live to work and raise a family.

The Town Team continues to be really active in promoting Droylsden and our Easter Market this year was once again very well attended. As a local resident I volunteered to help, but a massive thank you must go to our Community who volunteered to help to make Droylsden Easter Market a massive success, some Volunteers worked all 4 days.

I support the community fun days with the friends of Copperas fields and look forward to helping again support their fun days.

Constituency Work

I continue to be involved in the many activities and groups linked to the Droylsden East community and work closely with all residents’ groups. Throughout the year I have attended the various Partnership meetings that support residents and more of our discussions have taken as to how we, as local Councillors can make sure the support we need for residents is in place. I also attend various home-watch groups.

Council Meetings and Panels

As Leader of the council, I take part in the vast majority of statutory council meetings, including the lead role I play at the council’s full Council meetings. I have also attended the following:

• Cabinet Meetings;
• Board Meetings;
• Droylsden District Assembly
• Chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund - the most successful local government pension fund
• Full Council
• Strategic Capital Panel
• Overview (Audit) Panel
• Democratic Processes Working Group

District Assemblies

As I regularly report it is my view that Droylsden District Assembly is one of the most important regular meetings that I and the other Droylsden Councillors attend. District Assemblies are the best and easiest ways of finding out what the issues facing our residents are. This is of course on top of our regular advice surgeries.

There are changes being made from June onwards, which means that District Assemblies are no longer to continue, hopefully we can report back next year on this change.

Outside Bodies and Partnerships

As the Leader of the Council I am also in a number of other outside bodies and partnerships; these are listed below.

Additionally this year I was again elected as chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum that engages with FTSE 350 companies as well as lobby Government Ministers regarding pension matters.

I am a board member of:

• Association Of Greater Manchester Authorities
• The Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
• New Charter Group
• Manchester Airport Group

I will also represent Tameside on the following outside bodies in the coming year:

• Evergreen Ltd Partnership
• Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel
• LGPS Advisory Board
• Manchester Growth Company
• European Structural and Investment Fund Board (ESIF)
• Greater Manchester Investment Board