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** Dear Constituent,
Welcome to Denton and Reddish Weekly News.
Yesterday, we received the fantastic news that the Planning Inspectorate had rejected Quorum's damaging appeal to extend the Bredbury Industrial estate deep into the Tame Valley. Scroll down to read my full statement. The Tame Valley is ours!
Denton and Reddish continues to stand with the people of Ukraine.
I’m supporting the British Red Cross's humanitarian effort in Ukraine along with Team Denton South ([link removed]) (who set up the gofundme page) and Cllr Allison Gwynne ([link removed]) . Please donate if you can to the fundraising page.
We hope that every donation will in some way help the people of Ukraine at this extremely traumatic time.👇
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** Gwynne thanks local residents after Tame Valley is saved
The Planning Inspectorate has dismissed an appeal made by the property giant Quorum for a major warehousing site in the heart of the Tame Valley.
In a major victory for campaigners, including Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne, the inspector declared that the proposed Bredbury Parkway extension would cause ‘harm to the green belt’ that would not be outweighed by any potential benefits.
The decision from the Inspector comes after a public inquiry was held, in which Gwynne acted as a formal rule 6 party. Representations were also made by Denton South Councillors Claire Reid, George Newton and Jack Naylor.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“This is such fantastic news. This site would have completely destroyed our Tame Valley, and obliterated the openness and tranquillity of the area.
The Tame Valley is the crown jewel of the constituency I represent, today we have sent a strong message that it is not for sale. Not under any circumstances.
I couldn’t be happier. I would just like to thank Stockport Council, for putting forward such a robust case on why the appeal should be refused, as well as Councillors Claire Reid, George Newton and Jack Naylor for their representations.
I would also like to thank the children of Russell Scott Primary School and Steve Marsland for their incredibly moving testimonies to the public inquiry.
Finally, I would like to thank Nick Fenwick at Tameside Council for his incredible support during the process, and for his expert advice.
This is a victory for everyone across Denton and Reddish, and I am grateful to all the local residents who made representations to the Inquiry. It shows that people can and do make a difference. I plan on celebrating with a lovely walk in the valley this weekend with my family.
The Tame Valley is ours.”
In a joint statement, Denton South Cllrs Claire Reid, Jack Naylor and George Newton said:
“We’re over the moon at the decision of the Inspector to throw out the monstrous proposal to concrete over the greenbelt.
The Tame Valley is so important, both to us personally and to the people of Denton South.
After a very long process, and one in which the support from the residents has been steadfast, the proposal to bulldoze the Tame Valley is finally dead and buried.
We would like to thank the Inspector for listening to our arguments – and for reaching the right decision – and of course our community, without whom this victory would not have been possible.”
To read the Inspector’s findings in full, click here ([link removed]) .
** Gwynne condemns "appalling" behaviour of P&O Ferries
Commenting on the news that P&O Ferries has sacked 800 seafaring staff with immediate effect, Andrew Gwynne said:
“The decision of P&O to sack all British staff with immediate effect is absolutely appalling. I am also incredibly concerned by reports of staff being dragged off boats by men in balaclavas to be immediately replaced by other workers.
Make no mistake, this is an assault on workers’ rights, and is not a sight I ever want to see in 21st century Britain. Workers deserve to be treated with respect, end of.
The same P&O workers who have now been fired and hauled off ship, are the same that kept us fed during the pandemic.
I stand by the workers and their unions in their fight, and call on the Government to uphold employment law to the fullest and take immediate action against P&O.”
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Andrew in Parliament
📺 WATCH: It’s Education Questions and I’ve again raised the plight of Russell Scott Primary School ([link removed]) . The good news is Tameside Council is submitting a formal bid for funding to Government. I’m backing the bid and will lobby Ministers hard for a positive outcome. 👨🏻🎓
📺 WATCH: An Urgent Question has been granted about the DWP’s shock announcement to close offices around the country and to consolidate work in a small number of areas. This will have an impact on jobs in some of the most deprived areas. I’m not sure the Minister’s reply to me gives me a great deal of confidence.
📺 WATCH: It’s Transport Questions and I have again raised the prospect of the HS2 extension to Manchester cutting off the Metrolink to Ashton, which serves Audenshaw in my constituency. I’ve now been promised a meeting with the Minister to discuss this further.🚃
📺 WATCH: At Business Questions I raise my opposition to the proposal to close GP services in South Reddish and merge them with Heaton Norris. I point to Holly McCormack ([link removed]) 's survey showing huge concern from residents too.
The Leader of the House blames Andy Burnham. FACT: the Mayor doesn’t run the NHS, the Tory Government does. He then bleats on about them investing in GP services. What tosh. Reddish South knows the truth. The fight goes on. 😡
📺 WATCH: In January I supported Rosie Cooper MP ([link removed]) 's British Sign Language Bill at Second Reading. Today I’m here to make sure it clears the Third Reading in the Commons.
Ultimately, this Bill is about equality. It places BSL on a statutory footing as a language and compels the Government to create guidance to ensure the deaf community are treated with dignity and respect. I wish the Bill Godspeed in the Lords.
Andrew in the constituency
** Out and about in Haughton Green 🚪
I had a great morning on Saturday on the #LabourDoorstep ([link removed]) in Haughton Green with Cllr Claire Reid and Team Denton South ([link removed]) …
It was also lovely to catch up with local resident, Lisa Knight, who’s planting out the grass verge on her street, and then to finish off the morning with an amazing Polish lunch at the brilliant BeeRogi ([link removed]) .
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: In this week's edition of the Tameside Reporter ([link removed]) , I've written about the radical shake up of public transport in Greater Manchester.
By 2024, the whole of Greater Manchester's bus service will be under public control and properly integrated. Bus fares will be capped at £2 for adults and £1 for children. The £2 ticket will function in the same way as the London ‘hopper’ – meaning the same ticket can be used for unlimited journeys within 60 minutes.
This is really fantastic news, and will be transformative for communities right across Greater Manchester.
Read the full story here ([link removed]) . 🚌
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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