From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date November 5, 2021 5:57 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
A warm welcome to this week's Denton and Reddish weekly news.

Last Friday I came out of self-isolation, so was able to get back out and about in the local area and in Parliament. It's been a busy week, and there's lots to update you on!

A reminder that we're still taking nominations for this year's Local Business Awards. A massive well done to Hays Travel Denton, BeeRogi, Village Pet Foods and to all the other brilliant businesses who have been nominated so far. If you have a local business that you think deserves recognition ([link removed]) .
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** Gwynne and Wragg work together to fight Bredbury expansion

Andrew Gwynne (MP for Denton and Reddish), and William Wragg (MP for Hazel Grove) have joined forces to fight the proposed expansion of the Bredbury Industrial Estate deep into the Tame Valley.

The Bredbury Gateway expansion was rejected earlier this year by Stockport Council, after it was found that the development would have been ‘inappropriate’ and would cause a ‘permanent loss of openness’ to the Valley. In response Quorum, the developer of the proposed scheme, appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, who will hear the appeal next year in February.

Gwynne has now been accepted as a formal Rule 6 Party in the appeal, and will be given the opportunity to submit evidence and cross-examine witnesses. Gwynne’s Rule 6 statement has been strongly supported by William Wragg, and the two have pledged to work cross-party to fight against the appeal.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’m really pleased to have been accepted as a Rule 6 Party and am looking forward to making the case against this extremely damaging application.

The proposed expansion would destroy the ambience of the Tame Valley and have an extremely detrimental impact on air quality and traffic.

I’m very pleased to be working on a cross-party basis with William Wragg. This is not a party-political issue, William and I strongly believe that this development would have a huge negative impact on our constituencies, and will do our utmost to fight against it.

William Wragg added:

“It is my pleasure to endorse Andrew’s rule 6 statement of case, and I am pleased that by our close collaboration on this scheme, we will have an opportunity to present our campaign directly with the planning inspector. The proposed Bredbury Industrial estate expansion would be disastrous for the communities we are proud to represent in Parliament. Andrew and I will continue to campaign against the proposal.

This is an unprecedented and large-scale proposal, and would have grave ecological, health and welfare consequences. It must be rejected. As established in our joint declaration, we consider that the ecological, increased congestion and the economic case for this application is flawed entirely. ”

Pictured above: Gwynne and Wragg in Parliament earlier this week.

** Gwynne backs Bill to ban plastics in Wet Wipes


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting a Bill which aims to ban plastic in wet wipes.

The Bill was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday by Labour MP Fleur Anderson, and has cross-party backing alongside the support of Thames Water and leading ecological and wildlife charities.

It is estimated that 11 billion wet wipes are sold in the UK every year and 90% of these contain plastic. This is the equivalent of 163 wet wipes per person. The plastic in wet wipes breaks down into microplastics, which can be ingested by marine and riverine animals. 100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone.

Wet wipes are blockages in UK sewers, and are changing the shape of rivers as they pile up on beds and banks. There is currently relatively little regulation or government policy governing the manufacture, advertising and guidance on wet wipes. Non-plastic wet wipe alternatives include: bamboo fibre wipes, plant-based wipes, organic cotton wipes and washable re-usable cloths.

Supporting the Bill, Andrew Gwynne said:

“Plastic pollution is a huge issue. In my constituency, the River Tame has the largest concentration of microplastics in any river in Britain, and it’s caused in no small part by the plastics in things like wet wipes.

Fleur’s Bill would make a simple change to legislation but have huge environmental benefits. I’m proud to be supporting it, and I hope that as it progresses through Parliament, it receives the Government and cross-party support it needs to come into law.”

Pictured above: Gwynne at a Parliamentary event supporting the Bill earlier this week.

** Gwynne to formally oppose Bredbury Expansion at planning inquiry


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has submitted his statement of case to the Planning Inspectorate in advance of a Public Inquiry hearing the appeal of the property developer Quorum.

The public inquiry is scheduled to take place in February next year, and follows the decision of Stockport Council to reject a proposal that would see a large industrial development built in the Tame Valley. Gwynne has been strongly opposed to the green belt development for some time, and has warned that the proposal would ‘have had a massively harmful impact on the openness of the valley, on traffic and air quality and on visual amenity.’

Quorum has decided to appeal the decision of Stockport Council, and Gwynne has now been formally accepted as a ‘Rule 6 Participant’ at the Bredbury Parkway Extension planning inquiry next year. This means that he can put his case to the Inspectorate, and cross-examine witnesses formally on behalf of residents. Gwynne’s statement of case has been strongly backed and supported by Hazel Grove MP William Wragg, whose constituency would be the site of the proposed development.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:

I’m very glad that I’ve been given the opportunity to present my case at the planning inquiry next year. This development would be a disaster for communities across Denton and Reddish, and have catastrophic consequences for our valley, our air quality and our way of life.

I will fight this appeal tooth and nail. I’m very grateful to be working on a cross-party basis with William Wragg, and look forward to being given the opportunity to take part in the inquiry next year.

To read Gwynne’s full Statement of Case click here ([link removed]) .
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Andrew in the Constituency

** Students Question Time 🎤
Better than the real thing. This afternoon I took part in Stockport College ([link removed]) ’s Student Question Time. With COP26 taking place the questions were all focused on how we tackle global warming.

It was a fantastic event and the questions (and the young people on the panel’s answers) were brilliant.

Also thanks to the Principal for allowing me to say a few words in memory of David Amess and Jo Cox. #MoreInCommon ([link removed])

** 'Clocktober' centenary celebrations🕰️
Thanks to Reddish Events ([link removed]) for organising 'Clocktober', the delayed centenary celebration of the unveiling of the Houldsworth memorial clock in Reddish.

William Houldsworth was an MP (though not for Reddish), a local industrialist and benefactor of St Elisabeth’s church, school and the working men’s club.

He died in 1917 and in 1920, the memorial clock was installed at what became Houldsworth Square.
Today, as in 1920, we paraded from the Working Men’s Club to the clock. I was asked to say a few words along with the Mayor of Stockport and Rev Angie Stanton ([link removed]) .

A BIG thank you to all who turned out to join us on Saturday, and to Cllr David Wilson ([link removed]) and all the other volunteers for helping to organise the event. 👏🏻

** The Funky Chicken comes to Destination Denton 🐔
It was my pleasure to open The FUNKY Chicken ([link removed]) Tea Room and Preserves in Denton on Saturday with Cllr Allison Gwynne ([link removed]) . Lesley has been making and selling jams and preserves for sometime, and the shop is her latest venture. ☕️

You can pop in to buy your favourite homemade jams (the rhubarb is from the Gwynne garden) or just enjoy a cream tea. The shop is on Manchester Road, at the corner of Acre Street.
Good luck Lesley, and welcome to #DestinationDenton ([link removed])

** Farewell and thank you to Dawson's Bakery🍞
HAPPY RETIREMENT to Christine and Dave who first opened Dawson’s Bakery in Thornley Park in 1972 and have served the community of Denton’s West End ever since.

I dropped in on the last day of trading to say a massive thank you to them both and to wish them well for the future. They’ve plans to spend more time with family, and especially with Christine’s mum.

Good luck and best wishes. ✨ 👏🏻
Andrew in Parliament
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📺 WATCH: The Government has announced the chance for 8 more hospital rebuilds in its plans. Stockport has a proposal to build a new state of the art hospital in the town centre which will benefit the whole borough and beyond. I make the case to Ministers.
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📺 WATCH: Tuesday was the last day of the Budget debate. The Education Secretary mentioned reinvesting in Early Years. That’s welcome but I ask how practically this can be done in places like Tameside where government cuts necessitated the closure and sale of SureStart buildings.
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📺 WATCH: My colleague Kate Green ([link removed]) is responding to the Budget debate. She’s rightly raised the awful decision of the Government to scrap BTECs. This is a massively retrograde step. Colleges oppose the move too. I know this route through education is important for many, because I have BTEC qualifications too. #ProtectStudentChoice
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📺 WATCH: At Wednesday's Home Affairs Select Committee we had a pre-appointment hearing for the post of Chair of the Gang Masters and Labour Abuse Authority. The Home Secretary is recommending Julia Mulligan for the post. Before that happens, the Select Committee has to question her and make a recommendation (that the Home Secretary doesn’t have to accept).

I ask questions around leadership, political impartiality and independence of the body.
Andrew in the media

** Restoring Your Railways and 'Clocktober'

📰 READ: A big thank you to the team at the Stockport Express for covering the good news about Reddish North railway station receiving funding to make it fully accessible, and the 'Clocktober' centenary event to celebrate the Houldsworth memorial clock. Read the full stories here ([link removed]) and here ([link removed]) .

** A budget with a sting in its tail - my weekly article for the Tameside Reporter
📰 READ: In this week's Tameside Reporter, I've written about last week's budget, and why I still don't think this Government has a plan to address the cost-of-living crisis. Read my full article here ([link removed]) .
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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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