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Andrew Western

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Having a say on our proposals for jobs and homes

Posted: Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Welcome to my first blog of 2019. The next 12 months promises to be an exciting time in Trafford with lots of things happening across the borough.

I said when I took over as Leader that the council should have meaningful discussions with residents and businesses, and listen to what people have to say about some of the key decisions we need to make. One of these areas is the revised version of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which outlines how the region is going to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs over the next 20 years.

There was a lot of concern from Trafford residents when the first draft was published about allocating land on Green Belt for development and I shared those worries. The new version reduces the amount of proposed development on green belt land, for example there will be none on green belt land in Flixton, while at the same time the framework meets our ambitions for economic growth. Not everyone will be happy but we have had to make choices about what is best for the borough in terms of creating new jobs and building much-needed homes.

We have arranged a series of consultation events which are informal drop-in sessions where people can come along, have a look at the proposals and talk to our planning team about what the framework will mean for Trafford.

Having meaningful communication with people living and working in the borough is important to me so look out for our new digital residents’ newsletter coming soon which will give people updates about what is happening in Trafford. You will also be able to give your feedback about it as well.

I know how many of you are proud of living in Trafford and as a council we want to help build community spirit. That is why we have introduced The Inclusive Neighbourhoods Grant, which will support people to put on an event or deliver a project that improves a local asset such as a park.

Finally, I recently unveiled a plaque at the town hall while Trafford Mayor Tom Ross planted a tree in the memorial gardens, to commemorate the work done by the Trafford Action Group who have been campaigning in the borough and on the national stage to make all women born in the 1950s aware of the changes to the statutory pension age and I was proud to have supported their work.