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Councillor Paul Buckley

Ward: Ashton-under-Lyne Hurst

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Participation at Council Meetings and Panels 

I have attended all Full Council meetings and most of the Overview (Audit) Panel, Audit Panel and Democratic Processes Working Group meetings in the past year.

I was very pleased to give the official opposition response to the Labour budget at Full Council and worked to help improve the local economy in Ashton-under-Lyne to improve the education and skills of the younger people and create more employment opportunities.

I was also able to put forward a motion to Full Council relating to the transformational work and renaming of Ashton Bus Station to ‘Tameside Interchange’. Proud of our town’s heritage I was pleased to see the final decision made to rename the station as ‘Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne)’.

Participation at District Assemblies

I have attended and participated at all Ashton District Assemblies in the past 12 and will work to ensure that any planned changes to this format will continue to allow the voices of local residents to be heard.

Participation on Outside Bodies and Partnerships

As a committee member of a local Home Watch group I have continued to assist residents and the Police in tackling criminal and anti-social behaviour. I have edited the newsletter to members and assisted in security visits to local residents’ houses to help improve home security.

I have attended a number of local resident associations across the ward, covering the Hartshead, Broadoak and Smallshaw estates.

Constituency Work

I have been able to assist a number of constituents across the ward with their issues and problems. Whether it has been planning issues, waste collections, graffiti, housing issues, street-lighting, road re-surfacing or crumbling pavements I have been able to assist residents in achieving positive outcomes.

I have also continued working on more long-term solutions to problems, including the visual amenity of the ward and road safety solutions around our schools. I have been working with local residents to find a lasting solution to fly-tipping around the Hurst Cross area. I have continued to work with residents on Hartshead estate with regards to the Red House and was particularly pleased to achieve the removal of the unsightly fence earlier in the municipal year.

I have also worked on planning issues affecting both the Hazelhurst and Hartshead estates and have spoken on behalf of local residents at Speakers Panel (Planning)

School Governors, boards, etc.

As a school governor at two primary schools in Ashton I have played an active role in ensuring that some of the youngest members of our communities are getting the best start in life. Sitting on the Premises and Safety Committee of Holden Clough Primary School I have been fortunate to see the new school building open. This new facility is an asset to Hartshead estate, although it has also brought problems along with it, in particular parking and road safety issues. I have continued to look at a solution so as to ensure the roads on the estate remain safe.

Members Advice Surgeries

I have held regular advice surgeries throughout the year and have been knocking on doors across the ward to speak to residents directly about any issues and concerns they may have.

Training and Development

I have attended training on the future role of Councillors, how the Council will deliver services in the future and on extremism.

Achievements during the Year

I am particularly pleased that after much work over the past few years that the fence around the old Red House pub has finally been removed. Working with local residents we have also been able to fight against an application to build offices on the existing car park.

Working with Hartshead Estate Home Watch and the local Police we have visited many local residents giving home security advice in order to combat criminal behaviour in the local community.

I have also assisted local residents in the replacement of street lighting that had been knocked down, assisting in community safety and crime prevention.

I have provided a voice for my constituents with a clear view to improve outcomes in the local area. This has includes challenges such as flytipping and the removal of graffiti from across the ward. I have been fighting to improve our area and make it a nicer place in which to live.

Although many of the achievements have been small, they have a huge impact on those that are affected. I will continue to work with all residents of Hurst ward to improve our community, our town and our borough.