From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date October 29, 2021 4:03 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
A very warm welcome to the latest edition of Denton and Reddish weekly news, and I hope you've had a lovely week.

I've been self-isolating this week, so haven't been able to get out and about either in the Constituency or Parliament. The good news is that my self-isolation period finished today, so I'm very much looking forward to making the most of my new-found freedom over the next week!
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** Gwynne successful in 'Restoring Your Railway' bid

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has been successful in the third round of his ‘Restoring Your Railway Fund’ bid. Gwynne submitted the proposal with the support of 3 other MPs (Navendu Mishra, Angela Rayner and William Wragg) and the bid was drawn up by Transport for Greater Manchester and Stockport Council, with additional support from Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation and Tameside Council.

The proposed scheme would see the reopening of a passenger line from Stockport through Reddish South and Denton to Ashton Moss and then on to Manchester Victoria, as well as link Rose Hill (Marple) to Stockport via Reddish South.

Success in this round of funding means that the bid will progress to the next stage, and that funding will be granted to Transport for Greater Manchester to draw up technical plans to submit to the Department for Transport. In their budget document – released on Wednesday – the Government states that it is allocating ‘Up to £50,000’ to develop ‘early-stage proposals to reinstate passenger links’ between Ashton and Stockport.

Gwynne, Mishra, Rayner and Wragg will now be invited to meet with Department for Transport Officials in the coming weeks to discuss how the next stage of the process will work. The Department has also instructed Government Officials to work with Transport for Greater Manchester in the coming weeks to agree research remits and appropriate joint governance and timescales.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:

“I am delighted that this application has been successful in the third round of the Restoring Your Railway Fund. This is a massive step towards massively improving transport connectivity for people right across Denton and Reddish.

This has been a long and a tough campaign, and I’m so pleased that the Department for Transport have recognised the strength and value of this bid. There’s still a lot of technical work to do, but I look forward to working with Transport for Greater Manchester and the Government over the coming months to develop a plan of action.

A massive thank you to Transport for Greater Manchester, Stockport Council, Tameside Council, Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation and to Navendu Mishra, Angela Rayner and William Wragg for their support over the course of this campaign. We are one step closer to making a huge difference to people’s day-to-day lives. I would also like to thank the Friends of Reddish South Station and the Friends of Denton Station who have been constant champions for this line, and their ongoing work with me and Andy Burnham to make it a reality.”

** Gwynne calls for end to raw sewage being pumped into the River Tame


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has called on the Government to end the practise of raw sewage being pumped into the River Tame, as new data revealed the shocking extent of the problem.

Data from the Rivers Trust shows that in the North West, United Utilities were responsible for 2,273 reported sewage overflows in 2020, which each lasted on average for six hours. In Denton and Reddish, there were a total number of 21 storm overflows counted with over 1600 individual spills counted from the four water treatment works in the area.

In the last year alone, raw sewage was discharged into UK rivers and seas over 400,000 times. There were 2,941 discharges into UK coastal bathing waters during the May-September bathing season alone, severely impacting coastal communities. The UK is ranked last in the EU for bathing water quality. No UK rivers are in a healthy condition, with none meeting good chemical standards and only 14% meeting good ecological standards.

In the recent series of votes on the Environment Bill, Labour MPs voted to end the routine discharge of raw sewage into rivers and seas. Conservative MPs were whipped to vote against the cross-party amendment tabled by the Duke of Wellington in the House of Lords. The amendment was defeated and raw sewage can continue to be discharged into rivers as a result.

The amendment to ban the release of raw sewage has now returned to the House of Lords and MPs are expected to vote on the proposal to end sewage discharges again in the coming weeks. The Government have attempted to placate the public outcry that followed the vote by pledging to ‘secure a progressive reduction in the adverse impacts of discharges from storm overflows’. Gwynne is currently self-isolating with COVID-19 so was unable to vote in the Environment Bill (although was paired so that his vote wasn’t lost) but stated that the Government’s partial U-turn doesn’t go far enough.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“It is quite frankly outrageous that the Government is not taking this situation seriously. People across Denton and Reddish just want their local rivers to be free from raw sewage – is that really so much to ask?

It makes rivers unsafe to swim in, damages precious river habitats, and the Government should be taking firm and robust action to force water companies to stop this dreadful practise. We don’t have time for more dither and delay.”

Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Environment Secretary added:

“People are right to be upset at the dreadful state of England’s rivers. Not one English river is in a healthy condition and there has been zero improvement since 2016.

The Government is to blame for allowing water companies to vent raw sewage into our rivers and seas seemingly at will. The Conservatives should urgently U-turn on their decision to block the Environment Bill amendment so that water companies are forced to reduce the amount of sewage they pump into our rivers and seas.

The Tories should learn from the record and experience of the Welsh Labour government who have been able to require sustainable drainage systems to reduce the load on sewage systems and make investing to tackle future challenges a top priority.”

** Gwynne welcomes funding to make Reddish North Station fully accessible


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is celebrating the news that funding has finally been secured to make Reddish North Station fully accessible.

At the moment, one platform at Reddish North station can only be reached via a Victorian footbridge, rendering it completely inaccessible to wheelchair users, parents with buggies, or people with mobility problems. However, it has been confirmed that part of the £1bn pounds awarded to Greater Manchester as part of the Government’s recent budget announcements will go towards making Reddish North Station fully accessible.

The news comes after years of campaigning by Reddish resident Nathaniel Yates, who has highlighted the inaccessibility of Manchester Stations and has gained the support of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. Burnham has been lobbying the Government for additional funding for the region.

It is understood that as part of the £1 billion, seven ‘Access for All’ stations will be delivered at Swinton, Reddish North, Hindley, Flowery Fields, Bryn, Newton for Hyde and Levenshulme.

Welcoming the announcement, Andrew Gwynne said:

“This is fantastic and very long-overdue news. I would like to thank Nathaniel Yates for his incredible and tireless campaigning on this issue. He has done such a fantastic job of raising accessibility issues across Greater Manchester.

This funding will finally make it possible for passengers with mobility impairments to access the station. It has been a long time coming, and I’m really grateful to Transport for Greater Manchester and Andy Burnham for working so hard to get some proper investment from the Government for these changes.

We want to see a Greater Manchester that is accessible to everyone. There is still a long way to go in making all our stations fully accessible, but this is a really important step on that journey.”

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Andrew in the Constituency

** Congratulations to the Friends of the Horses' Field 🐎
As I mentioned, I've been stuck indoors this week. However, I couldn't send this newsletter out without taking a moment to congratulate the Friends of the Horses’ Field on marking their 30th anniversary yesterday.

I’m was really sorry to have missed the occasion, not least because I’ve supported this group almost (but not quite) from the very start.

They set themselves up as a Dane Bank residents’ group to protect the field, which is effectively the start of the Tame Valley, from housing development proposed in 1991. They saw that off, and secured the field’s protection in the 1996 Unitary Development Plan, when it became classed as “protected open space”. It’s long been their desire to have the field added to the Green Belt (all the surrounding fields in the Tame Valley are except this one) and that looks likely to happen in the Greater Manchester Places for Everyone plans.

Thank you to Sue Doyle ([link removed]) and now Jan HM Bunner ([link removed]) for your leadership, and to all the volunteers past and present: a huge well done to all in this group. I know you’ll keep on being the field’s custodian and proud champions of the local environment. I’ll always be with you!

Below is a photo of me and Councillor Mike Smith ([link removed]) in around 2003. Below that is the tree planting which took place today (Mike is looking a tad older!). 💚
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** Restoring Your Railways successful bid
📰READ: A big thank you to the Manchester Evening News for covering my successful bid to develop a passenger rail link between Ashton and Stockport. You can read the full story here ([link removed]) .

** Autumn Budget 2021

📰READ: Thanks to the Tameside Reporter for asking for my thoughts on the Autumn Budget 2021. You can read the full article here ([link removed]) .

** River Tame

📰READ: I'm also very grateful to the Tameside Reporter for covering this incredibly important story about the unacceptable level of raw sewage being dumped into the River Tame. Read the full story here ([link removed]) .
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