I know that as the economy continues to recover from the catastrophic recession under the previous Labour Government that there are many local families for whom every penny really does count. There was some encouraging economic news in last week’s Autumn Statement but for me the most important thing are the measures that help local hard-working families to get on:
- Fuel duty frozen until 2015 – so the average motorist saves £11 every time they fill up compared to Labour’s plans
- A real-terms freeze on rail fares
- £50 off energy bills
- Scrapping employers’ national insurance for those under 21, making it easier to get young people into employment
- A package of measures to help small local businesses, especially those on our high streets
You can find out more about how the Autumn Statement measures help you by visiting www.yourautumnstatement.com.
Today is Small Business Saturday UK and it’s a great opportunity to promote some of the fantastic local businesses we have here in Walkden.
There are some brilliant local shops listed on Shop Local Walkden and I would strongly encourage you to check them out; there are lots of local businesses that aren’t listed though, and if you run a local small business and would like to be listed (it’s free) please drop me a line on email@example.com.
Don’t forget you can also get involved with the Small Business Campaign being headed up by the Conservative Party’s Small Business Ambassador, Karren Brady. Click here for more details.
This morning I went along to the Planning Panel to object to Peel’s plans to build 15 houses on the green field site off Cranleigh Drive and adjacent to the A580. A number of residents also attended, as did my ward colleague Cllr Les Turner (who also spoke) and representatives from Residents Against Inappropriate Developments (RAID).
Unfortunately, the Labour Councillors on the Panel chose to ignore the legitimate concerns of local residents and chose to approve the application.
This is extremely disappointing, but it’s important now for the sake of nearby residents that we work hard to minimise disruption and impact.
Just a quick reminder that Peel’s planning application to build houses on the green field site adjacent to Cranleigh Drive (next to the A580) will be considered at the Planning Panel tomorrow (Thursday 5th December). The meeting will be held in the Salford Suite at the Civic Centre in Swinton, and the application is due for discussion at 11.30am.
The Planning Panel is a public meeting and local residents are welcome to attend – indeed I would encourage you to do so and show the Panel the strength of feeling regarding our local green field sites!
Ever since the cones went up along the East Lancs, I’ve been asking for the lane closure area to be reduced, as it was unnecessary to close the area west of Old Clough Lane – this was causing additional congestion and a particular problem for local residents on Old Clough Lane and neighbouring streets who could barely get their vehicles off their own driveways.
I’m pleased that the Council have now decided that the works can be moved east of the motorway junction now, which will provide some temporary respite for local residents at least. Unfortunately these are just preliminary works for the misguided busway, and the rolling lane closures are set to continue for the best part of a year – at least – when construction for the actual busway starts.
Even when construction is completed, we’ll still have reduced capacity along the A580, and changes to the traffic light programming which will increase queues on Newearth Road, Walkden Road and Old Clough Lane.