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Councillor Lynn Travis

Ward: Ashton-under-Lyne Waterloo

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

As previous years, it has been a challenging one. Managing the budgets to ensure that Tameside residents continue to have the best services and support.

I have carried out my role as a Ward Councillor to the best of my ability. I enjoy representing Waterloo constituents and I feel that I have worked hard for the people of Waterloo. This has meant representing them on a range of issues. From planning to parking; neighbour disputes; community clean-ups; youth activities and developing the park. I work hard to help make Waterloo a fairer place: fair for hard-working families feeling the squeeze; fair for young people; fair for local businesses; and fair for disadvantaged and vulnerable people who rely on our help and support. There is much more to do and I will continue to try my best on Waterloo residents’ behalf.

This year I continued my responsibility for Health and Neighbourhoods, playing a full role on the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) which brings together all strategic partners in the health and social care economy to work for better health and wellbeing outcomes in Tameside.

I had responsibility for Public Health, which looks at providing a wide range of services to help people live healthy lives.

Prevention and support are the direction of travel for our Public Health offer, with new contracts for combating Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Wellbeing Service.

I worked closely with Active Tameside to encourage local people of all ages to be more active. This will help to combat long term illness and obesity. I have taken a lead on mental health, sexual health; drugs; alcohol and tobacco misuse issues and obesity.

I was also lead member on the Strategic Neighbourhood Partnership which has taken over from the Supportive Communities Partnership and the Crime and Disorder Partnership. This brought together delegates representing community partners from across Tameside. The aim of the partnership is ‘to provide a good quality of life for all residents of Tameside by building and sustaining strong, cohesive and healthy communities'. We work with the Police and other partners to combat crime and anti-social behaviour.

My job has also been to review and refresh District Assemblies, making them more relevant to local people and a vehicle for community development.

Alongside your local Councillors, I helped to develop Community led forums in neighbourhoods. This work is continuing with a renewed offer for residents to be announced in Summer 2016

I was Armed Forces Champion, a job I take very seriously, particularly with 2014-2018 being years in which we Commemorate those who fell in World War 1. I also worked to ensure that the Council responds to the needs of our Armed Forces Veterans.

I led on Events, Heritage and Culture, so I have had a busy year working with the Culture Team to develop a vibrant programme for all to enjoy. It is important to keep our local heritage alive. Our Arts Award programme continues helping young people understand their heritage and also how they can live more fulfilling lives.

From January 2016, I have moved to be the Executive Member for Lifelong Learning. This gives me an opportunity to look at standards of education in Tameside and to work with the Education team.

Participation at Council Meetings and Panels

  • I have attended all Full Council Meetings and spoken on behalf of Waterloo residents and topics related to my Executive Member portfolios. In addition I have fully participated in:
  • Executive Board and Cabinet Meetings
  • District Assembly Meetings
  • Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Health and Wellbeing Implementation Group
  • Executive Member Briefings
  • Strategic Alcohol Group (Chair)
  • Mental Health Local Involvement Group (Chair)
  • Strategic Neighbourhood Partnership
  • Tameside Adult Safeguarding Partnership
  • Scrutiny Reviews
  • Healthwatch – Advisory Member
  • Children in Care Council
  • Children and Young People’s Partnership Forum
  • Apprenticeship Stakeholder Forum
  • Education Attainment Board

Participation at District Assemblies

I have fully participated in the business of Ashton District Assembly, representing the views of Ashton Waterloo Ward and the wider Ashton area.

Participation on Outside Bodies and Partnerships

I was delighted to be asked to remain on the Local Government Association (LGA) Community Wellbeing Board, a national body looking at health and wellbeing matters.

I lead on Public Health Transformation. I have also taken part in Skills for System Leadership Seminars for senior public health officers.

In addition, I have attended and taken part in the work at Greater Manchester level on the Asylum Executive Board (AGMA)

I continue as the AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) representative on the Dance Manchester Board.

Constituency Work

I am always available to listen to and help people. With my colleagues in Waterloo I have helped many constituents with problems they were experiencing.

I am Secretary of Friends of Waterloo Park, which holds events and activities in the park. We are developing improved community facilities for residents.
I attend local tenants and residents groups and the Waterloo PACT (Police and Community Together) meetings. I also organise and attend local activities and events.

With CouncilIors Piddington and Whitehead, we have jointly distributed our ward funds to help support local community and sporting groups across Waterloo.

Members' Advice Surgeries

Along with my fellow councillors, we now do Roving Surgeries on an area basis and a joint surgery with the Neighbourhood Police and New Charter Housing. My colleagues and I deal with all the many problems constituents bring. We also walk the ward and talk to residents. We will continue our street surgeries this coming year.

Training and Development

I have attended seminars, TMBC Councillor training sessions and many other training courses to help me fulfil my role.