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My first 100 days

Posted: Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Blog: 2018

The 1st September marks 100 days in my role as Leader of the Council. It’s been a busy time and I’m happy to report lots of positive news and activity, too many things to mention them all here, but some highlights include:

  • We received a positive Ofsted report for Trafford Children’s social care services, with Trafford coming over as a very good ‘corporate parent’ with strong and effective multi-agency working
  • We held our information event on the Trafford Civic Quarter at the Town Hall reception on 14th August – well over a hundred people attended, the majority of whom took the time to share their thoughts and ideas on this exciting project. These are currently being analysed and fed into the work being done on plans and you’ll have an opportunity to feedback on plans when they are ready to share
  • £40k worth of funding has been awarded to ten local projects to strengthen local communities – we focused on projects that brought different faiths and communities together, supported young people, single adults and families under threat of becoming isolated
  • We held our Trafford Live event on the 8th July which was as always hugely well attended - helped in no small part by a glorious day!
  • Motions were passed at the last Council Executive for reducing single use plastics and signing up to the Charter against modern slavery – really important and contemporary issues that I’m keen to see the Council tackle
  • Last week’s A level results for Trafford were again excellent, particularly bearing in mind the toughening and changing examination landscape and place Trafford once again amongst the very highest performing authorities and its pupils amongst the highest achievers in the country. We’re cautiously optimistic about this week’s GCSE results, particularly those for ‘looked after children’.

The next 100 days if anything are looking even busier, especially as we move out of the holiday period (I went to Taiwan for a wedding – what an amazing country). Things to give you a heads up on include: our consultation on Council tax support which is open until 5th October; a renewed focus on the Clean Air Plan including looking at our responsibility around this as a borough and as part of the GM region – we’ll also be talking to you about what we all need to start thinking about doing as individuals to tackle the increasing problem of Air Pollution; and another consultation on the revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – GM’s plan for proving the land for jobs and new homes - and Trafford’s part in that. We’re also beginning to look at our budget plans for next year and beyond: at present it looks as though we’ll need to make savings of around £30m over the next 3 financial years, so this will be a critical and incredibly challenging piece of work for us as a new administration. There are lots more of course but I’ll share more detailed news over coming blogs.

Finally, I’ve just read in Harper’s Bazaar that Walkden Gardens in Sale is included in a list of the Top Ten ‘Happiest views in the UK’, so if you’re getting post-holiday/post summer blues, what better place to go for a stroll to lift the spirits? Well done Walkden Gardens (and the Friends of Walkden Gardens in particular) and I’ll look forward to bumping into you there...