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Councillor Margaret E Downs

Ward: Denton South

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Participation at Council Panels and Committees

I have attended meetings of Full Council and Place Scrutiny Panels

Participation at District Assemblies

I have attended meetings of the Denton District Assembly

Participation on Outside Bodies And Partnerships

• Haughton Green Community Forum (Chair)
• Denton Carnival Committee
• Denton Town Twinning Association (Hon President)
• Haughton Green Centre (Chair)
• Denton South Partnership (Deputy Chair)
• Haughton and Thornley Patient Participation Group
• Part-time Reception Cover in the Haughton Green Centre (Voluntary)
• Finding Rainbows (Committee Member)

Participation on School Governing Bodies

I have now retired from school governorships but support all schools whenever I can help.

Constituency Work

The Denton South Partnership is still having an impact in the ward as a whole. Working with other agencies including the Primary Care Trust, Tameside and Glossop and Pennine Health Health Care, TMBC, Police, New Charter Housing, Irwell Valley Housing, my own Councillor colleagues, Sure Start and Children's Services, local churches and especially local residents. All these organisations and individual people working together are making the difference. I must congratulate all of them for their vision for the future, it really is coming together.

The Friends of Haughton Dale are still working together although much falls on the Chair, a truly remarkable lady, who is fighting to conserve the area - history wise and to keep the important canopy over the lane as it has been for nigh on one hundred years. However, I am sad to say, slowly but surely the trees and area are being chipped away and we are losing our identity.
If ever there was an area that needs a conservation award this area must surely be granted that status.

The complaints I receive are ever ongoing, e.g. holes in the road, cracked and broken pavements, dog fouling; Council Tax problems, debts, drugs, alcohol problems and rubbish (and we have plenty of it in and around the ward but remember the Council doesn't drop the litter and we don’t walk dogs around late evening and very early mornings).

Working with the people and their concerns leads me to working with officers, whether it's the Police or the Council.

One thing which really infuriates me is the selfish and arrogant people that are parking on grass verges which can lead to the area looking run down. I cannot understand why people keep on doing this. If you are one of the perpertrators beware because I will be taking car numbers and reporting you to the powers that be. All your neighbours and people who have never met you have to pay to reinstate the verges

The quality of life and the environment are extremely important to me as they are to you. Denton South is a really nice place to live and bring up a family.

I have attended meetings and social gatherings with the Police, local residents. I am often asked to support or sign documents such as bids for funding, passports or acting as a referee for voluntary organisations. I will always be happy to help, but if I can't help personally I probably will know someone who can.

Achievements During The Year

I have continued to improve relationships with constituents, Council officers and the Police. They need our support as we need theirs; we have some fine officers doing a great job in difficult circumstances

The Haughton Green Community Forum is flourishing. Because of the nature of the make-up of the forum as an 'umbrella' organisation we try to encourage new groups to come to life. We would always encourage anyone who has an idea to come and share it, you never know 'you may make the difference' for a lot of people. It is important to support ALL voluntary groups especially now we are going through a tough time, funding is a premium. We are happy if we can share any equipment we own to help support the events of any voluntary group within Denton South.

The Haughton Green Centre is going from strength to strength with a large amount of people coming through the doors. There is a unique partnership working from here for our community offering many services from baby clinics and bingo to smoking cessation classes, armchair exercises plus walking clubs, Citizens Advice Bureau, Credit Union, Mediation Services and Art Classes to name a few. Please feel free to call at the centre to find out just what is going on, don't be shy you will feel right at home.

We have held some very successful coffee mornings outside the centre and hope to continue with these in the future during the good weather.

The Denton Town Twinning continues to go from strength to strength with many activities with our twin towns Montigny in France and Kierspe in Germany.

Members Surgeries

My colleagues and I have held regular advice surgeries in the Ward.

Training and Development Activities Undertaken

I have attended as many training sessions as I could.

Any Other Comments

As I am retiring in May 2016, I would like to thank everybody in the Denton South area for 24 wonderful years as your local Councillor.

It has been a pleasure to serve you and, even though I may not be your Councillor any longer, please still let on when you see me, don’t be a stranger.