• Choosing the next MP

    Choosing the next MP

    We’re in the middle of our selection as Labour candidate. It’s an important choice and the three candidates left standing are of a really high quality. Iram Woolley Andrew Western Joanne Harding I’m having trouble choosing the candidate This is really an open set of five political questions to them as well as one operational […]

  • Consultation on first phase of Stretford to Quays cycleway

    Consultation on first phase of Stretford to Quays cycleway

    Long waited movement on the Stretford to Quays cycleway seems imminent as the Wharfside Way element is being put out to consultation. Got to admit that travelling from the stadium, I’d normally take John Gilbert Way to get to Fraser Place but I can see that this route serves a lot more. From a purely […]

  • Exciting New Quayside Destination

    Exciting New Quayside Destination

    This could be amazing.

  • Labour’s Runners 4 next MP

    Labour’s Runners 4 next MP

    We have a longlist for Labour’s replacement to stand for parliament when Kate Green’s term ends. It looks a quality field This will be the third selection since the constituency was created and we can already say that once again there’s been no parachute in of a favourite candidate and no stitching up to prevent […]

  • Stretford Town Centre – Consultation

    Stretford Town Centre – Consultation

    Currently, Chester Road and Kingsway sever the Mall from the rest of Stretford and create dangerous, uncomfortable crossings for residents and high levels of pollution and noise. Stretford Town Centre Consultation – Accessibility My thoughts on the Accessibility of the Town Centre Too limited in scale. The plan assumes that people only walk to the […]

  • Couple of pieces of Casework

    Couple of pieces of Casework

    This week has brought a couple of pieces of casework that have not resulted in complete resolution (though have managed to get a couple of potholes fixed) but still worth the work in pursuing further. Potholes in Lostock There’s a lot of potholes in Norwich Road at its junction with Moss Vale Road. They’re not […]

  • Scrutiny under the microscope

    Scrutiny under the microscope

    Big Agenda for Last Executive Meeting before Election Scrutiny looking to improve its Outcomes When the Cabinet System was adopted by Trafford, there was a clear expectation that Scrutiny would be an influential and effective means of holding the Executive Members of Cabinet to account for the important decisions whilst allowing the routine day to […]

  • Hotels coming and going, excitement over Old Trafford and Stretford moving forward.

    Hotels coming and going, excitement over Old Trafford and Stretford moving forward.

    A busy time for planning applications, both new applications and older ones being resolved: Trafford Park Hotel This is a new application for the Hotel which is oldest heritage asset in Trafford Park. It’s been allowed to deteriorate for some time though in recent years attempts have been made by what has been a procession […]

  • New Site

    With my imminent departure as councillor, I had to decide what to do with the website. It was really a choice of wipe it, or save it under a name that didn’t get in the way of the new team after the election. As I’ve put a lot of work into the website over the […]

  • Stretford Library move gets approval from  Trafford’s leadership

    Stretford Library move gets approval from Trafford’s leadership

    In what seems to have been a very rushed process, the council’s Executive voted tonight for Stretford Library to vacate its home for the past 80 years to allow Trafford Music Service to take over the building. It’s just over a week since the report was first published to almost no fanfare. Whilst the speed […]

  • Putting Children back to first priority

    Putting Children back to first priority

    I am really pleased that Andy Western – leader of Trafford Council has made the comments I’m sharing below. It’s something I’ve been uncomfortable with since the outset of the first lockdown. I was never happy that schools were shut down. With hindsight, I can see we needed a pause to get on top of […]

  • Happy New Year to you all

    Happy New Year to you all

    A few predictions for this time of year seems to be the tradition. I’m optimistic. Covid I think we’re going to have a difficult few weeks with covid but spring is going to look so much better for those who keep up their vaccination. It will never go away but we’ll find it far more […]