At today’s full Council, I asked whether the Council’s BSF scheme could be amended – even at this late stage – to include proper and sustainable funding for St George’s. The answer (unsurprisingly) was “no”, but not before Councillor Merry had called me “narrow and divisive” and “for the wealthy” for asking the question. Most pupils from St George’s live in Little Hulton and north Walkden, so I’m not sure what point he was trying to make.
I was also pleased to learn that the Council does belatedly intend to extend the 40mph speed limit on the East Lancashire Road through Walkden. Contrary to reports, the initial proposal does not cover Walkden, Worsley, Boothstown and Ellenbrook, but in fact only the stretch from Pendleton to Wardley. Nonetheless this is welcome news.
Finally, following an intervention by another Councillor, I was happy to be able to praise the excellent Army Engagement Team event I attended last night at the University of Salford. It was interesting and informative, and gave Councillors and other organisations a much clearer picture of the work that the Army does in communities, and even more importantly the support that some veterans require when they settle back into our area at the end of their service.