Welcome to the latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News, I hope that you've had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend. There's some brilliant events going on so have a look at the community board for a few ideas.
The next stage of easing for remaining lockdown restrictions is now scheduled for the 19th of July, although a review will take place in two weeks. In the meantime, here are the restrictions as they stand.
Current Lockdown Restrictions ([link removed])
** Gwynne welcomes investment in local school buildings
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed funding that has been awarded to two schools in Stockport and one in Tameside to ensure that the buildings remain in safe and good working order.
The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is a government fund that seeks to keep eligible academy, sixth-form college and voluntary aided school buildings safe and in good working order. This year, it will award funding to 1,466 projects across the country.
The 2021-2022 funding round was heavily oversubscribed, so only schools deemed to have a ‘high project need’ were eventually awarded funding. Issues that the funding aims to tackle include poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety.
In Stockport, St Anne’s Roman Catholic High School and Reddish Vale High School were both awarded funding and in Tameside the funding went to Denton West End Primary School.
Site inspections and planning work are underway, and the Government plans to begin construction of the first projects in Autumn of this year.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really pleased that St Anne’s Roman Catholic High School, Reddish Vale High School and Denton West End Primary School have been awarded this competitive funding.
It is absolutely vital that our school buildings are in safe and working order, and I’m pleased that the needs of schools in Stockport and Tameside have been recognised.
I look forward to working with the Government on securing further funding for our schools, colleges and academies.”
** Gwynne encourages the next generation to apply to Future Leaders Connect 2021
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is calling on the next generation of social, political and policy leaders in Denton and Reddish to sign up for Future Leaders Connect 2021.
Future Leaders Connect is the British Council’s policy and leadership programme for 25 – 35 year-olds from around the UK and world. This year’s iteration of Future Leaders Connect will be conducted online, over a six-week period and will offer future leaders the opportunity to develop their skills, expand their networks and plan to take their policy ideas forward.
Successful applicants will gain exclusive access to policy experts and training and be given the chance to discuss policy ideas with parliamentarians and Government.
Members will also join a network of like-minded policymakers from countries including Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan and Poland. Applications for the 2021 programme are live until 4pm on the 5 July.
Backing the programme, Andrew Gwynne said:
“This is a great opportunity for young people across Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons who want to change the world.
British Council’s Future Leaders Connect gives the next generation of leaders the opportunity to develop their skills and take their policy ideas to the next stage.
I would urge anyone who is interested to apply before the deadline on the 5th of July. The future is in the hands of the next generation – and we need you!”
To find out more information and apply to Future Leaders Connect 2021 click here ([link removed]) .
** Gwynne supports the National School Sport Week
This week, the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill – introduced by Caroline Lucas MP and backed by a number of cross-party MP’s including Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish – was tabled in Parliament.
The CEE Bill ([link removed]) aims to ensure that the UK plays its role in limiting global warming to 1.5% and would assign new duties to government and Parliament to ‘enact a strategy that meets ambitious targets for both climate change and diversity loss’. The Bill would also create a climate and nature citizen's assembly to propose recommendations in line with legislative aims.
The Private Members Bill was initially introduced in a slightly different form in the last Parliamentary session, but fell away due to lack of legislative time. It has now been reintroduced in a strengthened and condensed format.
The redrafting of the bill has been aided by scientist, experts, campaigners and MP’s of all political stripes. The Bill is now due to have its second reading on 10 September 2021.
Gwynne is now calling on other Parliamentarians to join the 110 cross-party MP’s supporting this bill to help make the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill law.
Andrew Gwynne said:
"I’m really proud to be backing this Bill in its updated format.
We are facing a climate and ecological emergency, Government and lawmakers must act quickly to implement robust and radical changes.
I call on all MP’s to join me in supporting this Bill ahead of it’s second reading in September. If we all put our heads together we can help create a world-leading statutory framework that facilitates collaborative action across all sectors of the economy and society."
Ask your MP to back the bill today by visiting ceebill.uk ([link removed])
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Andrew in the constituency
A GREAT DAY TO BE QUIZZED ON ALL THINGS ECO
🌳 ♻️ It was great to be invited to Greswell Primary School in Denton to be quizzed about all things environmental by the School’s Eco Committee (pictured).
Some brilliant and incisive question on recycling, climate change, tree planting and air pollution. 👏🏻
It’s also nice to be back visiting schools again. A perk of the Friday constituency day for this onetime wannabe teacher! (It was never to be)👨🏻🎓
A MESSAGE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
🗺 💼 🧑💼 Calling local businesses in Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Haughton Green, Reddish & the Heatons!
If you want to grow your business internationally and want some free advice and support, I'm taking part in the Parliamentary Export Programme with the Department for International Trade North West ([link removed]) . Find out more information and register for the online event on the 28th of June at 2pm here: [link removed] ([link removed])
Thank you for a hugely successful weekend of community litter picking! 🧹
Thank you to everyone who came for an absolutely fantastic litter pick on Sunday Morning. Councillor Allison Gwynne ([link removed]) , Councillor Denise Ward ([link removed]) and Friends of the Tame Valley
([link removed]) volunteers and residents helped to clean-up around Shepley Wood, Jet Amber Fields and Whittles Meadow.
It was the Group's first organised activity since lockdown eased, and over 40 people turned up to help... and the Valley is looking great 👏 👏
☀️ It was also a sunny and successful litter pick on Saturday in South Reddish Park thanks to the hard work of Reddish Councillors, the Friends of South Reddish Park and local residents. It looked quite tidy beforehand and even still, I can’t believe how many bags of litter we shifted between us. Well done all! 🗑 🧹
Andrew in Parliament
📺 WATCH: The Events Research Programme was established by Government to assess whether large events, shows and festivals could operate in a Covid-secure way. Anecdotally the data appears to suggest they can. So why won’t they release the data? Planned events are now being cancelled as a result of this delay.
📺 WATCH: At the Home Affairs Select Committee we are continuing to take evidence on rape and violence, predominantly against women and girls, but as we heard, also against men and boys. The consensus is there needs to be far better support for people to come forward, report and seek justice. ⚖️
📺 WATCH: There’s an Urgent Question in the House after it was uncovered that the Government has been deploying troops around the globe who’ve not been fully vaccinated. And this in #ArmedForcesWeek 🇬🇧
📺 WATCH: I’ve briefly spoken in a Westminster Hall debate on green energy in the North West. I met with a fabulous innovative NW company called GeoEngine a few weeks ago. They’ve developed technology that could make us a world leader in green energy. They just need government support to bring their technology to market and create good jobs in the process.
📺 WATCH: At Transport Questions I seek reassurances from the Secretary of State that his proposals for Great British Railways won’t prevent the Mayor of Greater Manchester from properly integrating local rail with tram, bus and active travel. 🚆
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: Last weekend the Independent published my article on how we need to better support fathers as we come out of the pandemic. Read the full article here ([link removed]) .
📰 READ: I’ve written for the House Magazine/PoliticsHome about my experience of long Covid and how the Government really needs to classify it as an 'occupational disease’ to protect frontline workers affected by it now or in any subsequent waves. Read the full article here ([link removed]) .
Remembering Charlie Meredith
I was so very sad to hear of the death of my friend and former Council colleague, Charlie Meredith.
Charlie was the embodiment of public service and cared passionately for the people of Stalybridge and then later for Dukinfield/Stalybridge Ward.
A former mayor of both Stalybridge and Tameside, Charlie was deservedly admitted as a freeman of the borough in June, 1998. I had the pleasure of being at his ceremony as a young Tameside Councillor representing Denton West.
He was born in Stalybridge in September, 1924, and attended West Hill School and was apprenticed as a sheet-metal worker before joining the Royal Navy in January, 1943. After his demob, he became a representative for Prudential Assurance and spent 21 years as chairman and secretary for the Hyde branch of the National Insurance Workers’ Union.
While undergoing naval training at Whale Island, Hampshire, he appeared in a film starring Sir Ralph Richardson – then a sub-lieutenant pilot – and was presented to Princess Elizabeth, the heir to the throne. He met the Queen a second time when she visited Stalybridge in 1968.
Charlie served both as chairman of the panel of magistrates – South Tameside courts, and the juvenile bench, Stalybridge. In 1957, aged 32, he was the youngest magistrate in the country. He resigned in 1991 to concentrate on his work as a Tameside councillor.
His life as an elected politician began in 1954 when, aged 29, he was chosen to represent Millbrook ward on Stalybridge Borough Council. He served as mayor in 1968-69 and was twice deputy mayor as well completing a six-year term as an alderman.
Charlie was a Tameside councillor from the borough’s inception in 1974 to 1982, and from 1988 until 2004.
He was also a founding member of Stalybridge Labour Club and of many of the town’s associations. In 2000 he listed his interests as gardening, public communication, St Paul’s Church and Stalybridge Celtic.
REST IN PEACE Charlie, my old friend.
Local author Leanne Brown has started writing a fantastic series of books to promote, help and raise awareness for mental health in children. Leanne wants to bring these books to schools, parents and organisations to help promote mental health in children.
You can find out more, including how to buy the books, on her website. ([link removed])
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