We are very pleased to be able to say that work has commenced on pruning the bushes at Urmston Station. Hopefully Network Rail will commission more work to remove the bushes so that the beds can be replanted. Well done Network Rail and David Byrne in particular.
Lamps on Station Road need fixing
Residents have asked that the lights on the bridge on Station Road are fixed so that the lights work again. Having confirmed these are owned by Trafford Council, local activist Christine Turner has reported them and is waiting for a reply on when they will be fixed.
Also, as part of UrmstonInBloom, a request has also gone into Northern Rail asking them to tidy up the bushes and undergrowth on the station. Lots of the bushes are now overgrown and they are starting to go over the dividing wall onto Flixton Road.
Conservative campaigner, Christine Turner wrote to residents on Victoria Road in April 2016 about the poor state of the road surface, that she had reported this to the Council and would continue to press for the road to be resurfaced.
The lobbying has worked and Christine is pleased to report that Victoria Road has been resurfaced. Just the white lines to be added.
In a move that is worrying and indicative of the chaos engulfing the Trafford Labour group, and in an affront to democracy, Labour councillors abdicated their responsibilities to the residents they pretend to serve and walked out of a meeting of Trafford Council.
Trafford Conservatives today condemned the action taken which appeared to be for no other reason than to pull a party political stunt that resulted in wasting taxpayers’ money and leaving many important issues unheard.
Those in the public gallery were left bemused and unimpressed as Cllr Western suddenly shouted ‘right we are leaving’ after the Council’s independent Statutory Monitoring Officer had ruled upon a legitimate Conservative amendment.
Disgracefully, this premature and petulant action left motions on Dignity in Social Care, Public Sector Pay Cap, Universal Credit and Minimum Waiting Times for Non-Urgent Surgery, issues that matter to the people and businesses of Trafford unheard.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Sean Anstee said
‘The Conservative group moved a legitimate and appropriate amendment that was ruled acceptable by the Council’s independent statutory and most senior legal officer. We are shocked and confused as to why the Labour group chose not to accept this professional advice and walk out.
That the default position of the Labour group and their leader is to walk out of a debate for no legitimate reason simply serves to indicate how unfit their temperament for office is and exhibits a childish nature that has no place in Trafford politics. They should apologise unreservedly to the residents of the borough and reflect on how their actions portray our communities.
This type of behaviour cannot be tolerated in Trafford and needs to be called out. It is a sign of things to come should Labour ever get near control of the Council that they would just walk out anytime somebody disagreed with them and would wilfully ignore the professional advice of senior officers. Our residents deserve better.
Politicians often receive a bad press, but Trafford Conservatives and my administration are working hard to find solutions to difficult issues, to not duck our responsibilities and to behave in a manner that is built on integrity, ethics and trust so that we use politics for the good it can be in Trafford.
In 2015 after residents raised concerns with her about poor ticketing options at Urmston station, Christine Turner led a campaign to have a ticket machine installed. Christine said “Installing a ticket machine will help to reduce queues and save time for residents”.
Asking residents to support the campaign and sign the petition Christine then wrote to Transport for Greater Manchester and asked for them to provide better facilities at the station. The Head for Rail at Transport for Greater Manchester replied saying that the proposal to install a ticket machine would be considered as part of the ongoing review. She also said that the next stage would be to negotiate with the new franchise owner and they were hoping to have this concluded by the spring of 2016.
It has taken time but as you can see from the next picture, Northern Rail have installed a ticket machine at Urmston station. This will help residents using the station and give them a better experience.
A Partington resident contacted Stretford and Urmston Conservatives to seek our help in improving access at both of ATG’s theatres in Manchester.
The residents said; I am writing to you as a Carer to my wife, and for other Carers who enjoy the theatre. Are you aware that the two main Manchester theatres offer quite shocking accessibility for the disabled? The Palace Theatre having just FOUR none wheelchair spaces (only for those who can transfer on to a theatre seat. And the Opera House having just TWO wheelchair viewing spaces. As you can imagine it is virtually impossible to book seats for disabled people at these venues, which must have the lowest accessibility seating quota in the whole of England” He contacted us after he contacted the GM Mayor’s office who said they couldn’t assist.
On a very cold Autumn morning, a large group of volunteers planted 1000 bulbs for Urmston in Bloom in Golden Hill Park.
Over the last two weeks Amey carried out essential Winter pruning and the removal of overgrown bushes to prepare the ground for the volunteers. In the spring there should be a host of golden daffodils and other spring flowers.
Trafford Council has embarked on an ambitious new plan to bring a University to Stretford, partnering with Lancaster University and the Class of 92.
University Academy 92 (UA92) was first conceived by the group of former Manchester United players, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville. UA92 will have a strong focus on personal development to ensure students are given the skills needed to make them employable once they graduate, with a strong focus on personal development. UA92 Continue reading “UA92 – A University for Trafford”
Figures released show that 964 fewer people in Stretford and Urmston are relying on out of work benefits, meaning they can provide a better future for themselves or their families.
A topic that is regularly raised with your Conservative team is the condition of some of our roads and pavements. Trafford Council has agreed to spend an additional £600,000 this year to fix more potholes and mend our roads.