Archive for Month: January 2019

  • Hundreds Turn Out to Oppose Greenbelt Development Proposals

    Tonight I have had the pleasure of joining residents at a very well-attended meeting organised by the ‘Save Bamford Greenbelt Group’ which is coordinating opposition to proposals to build 450 executive homes on greenbelt land off Norden Road in Bamford. It was pleasing that so many people turned out, even on a night when snow was forecast, to…

  • Police Operation Seizes and Crushes Moorland Off-Road Vehicles

    Scout Moor is one of the many striking natural features in our area; one which is enjoyed by thousands of people. However, this beautiful landscape is constantly being damaged by the illegal and dangerous activity of off-road bikers.  These riders can arrive in Norden from as far afield as Merseyside, with vans full of bikes…

  • Conservative Councillors will Fight Labour’s New GMSF Greenbelt Threat

    The revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) is out now and it lays down a serious threat to the greenbelt in our area.  Created by the Labour leaders of the ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Labour Manchester Mayor, this plan proposes to give the green light to developers who…

  • Highway Repairs Must be Done Properly – First Time, Every Time

    Service provision from contractors dealing with Rochdale’s highways was on the agenda at last night’s Overview and Scrutiny meeting.  I had the opportunity to challenge officers and the portfolio holder on the quality of pothole repairs that are being made in the borough. It was noted that there are many complaints from members of the…

  • ‘Legal High’ Gas is a Growing Problem in Rochdale

    There has been a lot of discussion in the mainstream press recently about the use of Nitrous Oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, as a recreational drug.  The practice, which involves inhaling the gas, hit the headlines after reports of the deaths of young people who were using the gas as a so-called ‘legal…

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