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Making Trafford a great place to live and work

Posted: Tuesday 27th November 2018


It’s important for any local authority or business to have the right leadership, so that’s why I am delighted with the appointment of Sara Todd as the Council’s new Chief Executive.

We had some high quality applications but Sara was the outstanding candidate for the role. Manchester’s loss is very much Trafford’s gain and I am really looking forward to working with her on some of the exciting plans we have for the borough.

Sara is due to take up her role at the end of February and in the meantime Jim Taylor will continue to act as our interim Chief Executive.

At Trafford Council we are lucky to have some great staff doing wonderful work, often in challenging circumstances. One group of colleagues who are very much on the front line are the Multi Agency Referral and Assessment Team (MARAT).

The team accepts referrals for children and young people that are deemed to be in need of support and they also undertake child protection enquiries where appropriate.

I spent some time with them recently and was really impressed with their dedication. It’s a demanding job but the staff are 100% committed to making sure we achieve the best outcomes for young people.

During the next few months I will be out and about meeting more colleagues who are delivering your services to find out what is working well and areas we can do better.

Finally, I know what a fantastic place Trafford is to live and work but you would expect me to say that! That’s why it was great to get external recognition for the positive things that are happening in the borough.

Firstly, Altrincham was named as the best town centre in England at this year's Great British High Street awards which are run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. They recognise and celebrate local achievements on high streets and support the communities in which we live and work.

Secondly, Waterside has won 'Venue of the Year' at the 2018 Northern Soul Awards. The centre beat other well-known venues such as The Lowry and the Palace Theatre. The venue, which is based in Sale, is well known for hosting musicals, events, concerts, plays and exhibitions attracting thousands of visitors every year.

I would like to pass on my thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of Altrincham and the Waterside.