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Councillor Susan Quinn

Ward: Droylsden East

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

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. They 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, however, I believe they will be replaced by a Droylsden Town Council, which will be specifically for the needs of Droylsden and hopefully we can report back next year on their success.

For the sixth year running our budgets continue to be massively cut. As I said last year it is still important that we all find new ways of working and I will still roll up my sleeves and not only support but also arranged community litter picks that have proved popular.

I am a very active member of Droylsden Town Team and work with them to attract events to the town and I volunteered along with other members over the 4 days of the Easter market running a tombola that raised funds for the Town Team's activities.

Throughout the year I have attended the Partnership meetings and much more of our discussions have taken to how we as local Councillors can make sure the support we need for residents is in place. I am still attending various Home-watch groups and have continued to support various ward Home-watch schemes.

Council Meetings and Panels

I am the Chair of Enforcement Panel and I am still on the Employment Appeals and Tameside Standards Panels. I attend full Council Meetings and Employee Consultation Committee meetings.

I am a Greater Manchester Pension Fund Board Member and I am Chair of Droylsden Project Board that is overseeing new developments in our town including the new pensions building, protecting local jobs.

Constituency Work

As I said last year my ward walkabouts continue to be a significant feature of my constituency work. Walking around our area talking and listening to residents to better understand their concerns for our town has been invaluable. This has not changed. A good example is the work I have been doing with New Charter when people drive through Droylsden to dump their rubbish and I have ensured enforcement action by going through rubbish to find out who the people are.

I am still involved in the production of our local ward newsletter, which I regularly deliver across the ward, along with my fellow ward councillors. This year we have delivered 6 newsletters and a Christmas card to residents.

What I Have Achieved this Year

A really good success story this year has been a transformation of a plot of land not far from the new Church of the Epiphany on Edge Lane, which alongside working with Droylsden Town Team, we have now transformed through Central Government money into a Pocket Park for Droylsden.

I supported the community fun day with the Friends of Copperas Fields this year and will continue to do so.

I help out with many groups and volunteers. I have helped volunteer at as well as support events.