Gorse Hill Labour

A regular blog and updates from Mike Cordingley, Councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in Trafford – Gtr Manchester.

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Weekly Update 21st February 2011

Monday

As part of the selection process for a Director of Customer Service at Trafford Council, I attended the short-listing. Interviews to take place this coming week. A good standard of applicant.

Tuesday

Emails and correspondence

Wednesday

I went to Lostock Court for their coffee morning. I gave the residents an update on what was going on locally. They were particularly disturbed to hear that ‘Bowlers’ had got its license for dance events. Their were many who remembered how noisy the raves were there 10 years or so ago before it was taken over by Northern Computer Markets. We will have to see how this goes.

In the evening it was Trafford Housing Trust Board. The most relevant aspect was the promising outlook for the 2nd stage of the Lostock redevelopment.

I had to give apologies for the Overview and Scrutiny Core Meeting as it clashed with the Board.

Thursday

Breakfast meeting at Stretford Police Station to discuss the enforcement of the ‘no alcohol drinking in the street’ on match days. This is affecting the off-license businesses  at ‘Top Point’ (near to Bishops Blaize).  Chief Inspector Roberts explained the philosophy behind the enforcement and whilst it was understandable that takings would be affected, the initiative was making such a positive impact on the behaviour of fans and the general ambience, they were not going to ease off. Feedback from supporters (both home and away) had been positive. I am fully behind the police in this and I’ve seen for myself the improvements that had been engendered.

Attended Trafford Cycling Forum in the evening. We’re already facing the loss of Trafford’s cycling officer and that’s going to be a big blow in the coming year. It is my view that we are punching significantly below our weight on cycling. Too many of our roads are not safe for cycling and yet cycling is a hugely popular means of transport.

Friday

Attended Clyne Court’s community breakfast. I picked up a request to have a room provided for relations to stay which I have passed to Trafford Housing Trust

Met with Trafford’s Director of Finance in the afternoon to discuss Trafford’s budget.

Saturday

Door knocking in Urmston

Mike Cordingley