VOTE for MARK ALCOCK your LOCAL Campaigner on 2nd May

Mark is 58 years old and lives in Rochdale with his wife and two cats. He attended school, college and university, where he studied both information technology and as a teacher. Mark has three daughters (including twins) and four grandchildren, one of whom is autistic. Mark is proud to have been selected to represent the residents of Balderstone and Kirkholt by Rochdale Liberal Democrats.

Mark Alcock has vast experience as a councillor and has helped thousands of residents having served eight years on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council – holding the environment & infrastructure portfolio and as a parish councillor on Shaw and Crompton parish council. Prior to that, Mark served eight years on South Ribble Borough Council and Farington Parish Council. He has also served as GMP representative, getting more police funding to the areas he represents.

His youngest daughter is a qualified midwife, his sister in law, a ward supervisor and brother in law, a consultant surgeon. With this much NHS experience close to hand, he has inside knowledge of the problems at our hospitals and he will work to make sure that our residents get the services and health facilities that our area needs.

Mark has had a varied work history, working in a variety of jobs from farming, milkman, wagon driver, cleaner, forklift driver, miller and driller, shop manager, sales rep, IT trainer, and production worker and lately selling Sky TV. You will see Mark out and about at the Trafford Centre and Arndale amongst other places! When not working, Mark likes to spend his limited spare time with his wife, his daughters, grandchildren and watching sport.

He is not a career politician, he has had a good mix of the real challenges that many of the people living in Rochdale have encountered. This includes the stressful process of being made redundant more than once. He believes that these experiences help him when he represents the people of Balderstone and Kirkholt who put their trust in him.

                            Mark’s Manifesto for Balderstone and Kirkholt

Mark is already working and will continue to work improve our area by:

Reversing the Labour councils plans to build on our greenfields

To STOP Fracking for gas under our homes

  • Getting potholes filled across our area
  • Having rubbish removed
  • Working to stop bikers damaging Balderstone Park and to work to improve the park
  • Stopping speeding traffic in several locations
  • Alleviating flooding in numerous areas
  • Working to get more places and resources at our local schools
  • Protecting of the green belt around Thornham and New Broad Lane and across our area
  • Pushing ahead with regeneration of the central core of the Kirkholt estate – including new shopping precinct and new medical centre and improvements to the library
  • An increase in youth provision around the Kirkholt estate
  • Listening to people’s concerns and issues
  • Advising and assisting with school appeals
  • Assisting with planning problems
  • Supporting constituents with housing and homelessness problems
  • Helping with council tax issues
  • Clamping down on dog fouling and stray dogs

www.markalcock.org.uk 

MARK ALCOCK on Rochdale Markets – We Can do Better

Rochdale Market as the rain comes down

Mark Alcock and Rochdale Liberal Democrats are calling on the Labour Council to act decisively on the markets before the situation descends into farce.

The Labour Council didn’t listen to advice and has tried to relaunch the market on the cheap and it has failed.

Flimsy gazebos with no proper water or power were obviously going to fail and traders are walking away. Who can blame them?

This is Rochdale, not the South of France and the market should have been designed in a semi-covered area with proper structures not something that resembles a waterlogged summer fete.

The Labour Council should accept that they didn’t listen to advice and should now go to the developers of the new shopping centre with designs for a market that complements their scheme and which will provide a high quality setting for traders. We are confident that the developers will understand that a vibrant market together with major chain stores is a compelling reason for people to visit Rochdale and will want to invest in a market that does Rochdale proud.

Rochdale must have a diverse, quality shopping offer to compete but the Labour Council has chosen the cheapest solution and are now learning the hard way that quality and cheap are two very different things.

We as Rochdale resident’s deserve better from our Council and how they spend OUR Council Tax.

Kirkholt and Balderstone residents please be aware …

 

 

Kirkholt and Balderstone residents please be aware …..

We received several reports early yesterday morning, 7 January, of males trying vehicles doors and looking into properties on Falrands Rise, Ginnell Farm Ave/Daisy House Close, Gilbrook Way, Black Chapel Drive and Broad Lane areas. These are occurring overnight and in the early hours of the morning.

Please remove anything of value from your vehicle(s) and ensure your property doors are locked and windows are shut and keys are hidden out of view.

Please be vigilant and report any suspicious circumstances to 101 as soon as you possibly can.

You can also report something electronically by visiting www.gmp.police.uk and click on the ‘chat to us now’ caption at the bottom right hand corner and follow the instructions. You will be communicating with Officers in GMP’s Control Room.

We are aware and have increased patrols into the areas of concern. Please be rest assured we are doing everything in our power to apprehend those responsible and bring them to justice.

We must however continue to encourage you to inform us of any suspicious behaviour

Merry Christamas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best wishes for 2019.

This year has been an interesting one and I hope you have a restful and peaceful festive season.

There is a lot to do in 2019. The team and I are looking forward to continuing to stand up for our area and making it the very best it can be.

We will continue to fight to make Balderstone and Kirkholt FREE from FRACKING or the the threat of Fracking.  We will fight to get the best for our local schools, hospitals and green spaces.

We will work to get our fair share from the Labour Council for our area.

Please do get in touch if there is anything we can do for you.

With festive wishes

Mark Alcock
Liberal Democrat Campaigns officer for Balderstone and Kirkholt

If something’s troubling you, get in touch with:

Rochdale Samaritans

If in crisis pls call 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Email Samaritans: [email protected] (UK)

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Rochdale 5 Caton Street Rochdale OL16 1QJ

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

Check with us before you visit the branch.

Our opening times for face to face visits are:
Monday 15.00-20.00
Tuesday 18.00-22.00
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 18.00-22.00
Friday 18.00-22.00
Saturday 09.00-12.00
Sunday Closed

BIGGEST TREMOR ON RECORD AT LITTLE PLUMPTON SITE FORCES HALT TO FRACKING IN LANCASHIRE

Matthew Calderbank
published by LEP  Tuesday 11 December 2018

The Caudrilla fracking site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

A tremor measuring 1.5 magnitude has forced Cuadrilla to halt fracking at the Lancashire site. The British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded a series of tremors this morning at the controversial fracking site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

The exact location of the tremors, according to the British Geological Survey.

Nine tremors were detected at the site within 90 minutes this morning, with the latest tremor measuring a magnitude of 1.5ML. Regulations state that fracking must be halted if tremors exceed 0.5ML. According to the BGS database, the 1.5 magnitude tremor is the largest detected at the site since monitoring began. It has been claimed the tremor was felt in the Blackpool area.
The nine tremors recorded today are also the most recorded at the site in a single day.
The earlier eight tremors measured magnitudes between – 0.4 and 0.0, between 9.35am and 10.18am this morning.  But the latest 1.5ML tremor, which occurred at 11.21am, exceeds the maximum magnitude allowed for fracking.  Caudrilla has now been forced to take immediate action and halt fracking at the site for 18 hours.

A quake measuring a magnitude of – 0.3 was also recorded at the site yesterday.  They are the latest in a series of minor tremors since Cuadrilla began fracking at the site in October, after spending two years exploring the site.  Cuadrilla issued a statement in response to the 1.5ML (local magnitude) micro seismic event detected within their Lancashire operational area this morning.

A spokesman for Cuadrilla said: “A series of micro seismic events in Blackpool have been recorded on the British Geological Survey website this morning following hydraulic fracturing at our shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road, Lancashire.

“The largest recorded was 1.5ML (local magnitude) at about 11.20am. This occurred after hydraulic fracturing had finished for the day.

“According to recent research by the University of Liverpool the impact would be like dropping a melon.

“A series of smaller micro seismic events occurred during hydraulic fracturing, beginning at about 9.40am.“Cuadrilla will pause and continue to monitor micro seismicity for at least the next 18 hours, in line with the traffic light system regulations. Well integrity has been checked and verified.”

READ MORE: Fracking halted again as biggest earthquake yet recorded at Lancashire site Tony Bosworth, a Friends of the Earth campaigner, reacted to news of the largest earthquake to take place in Lancashire since fracking started. He said: “Within a day of Cuadrilla re-starting fracking in Lancashire, there has already been another earthquake which means they’ve had to down tools. 

“It appears that they cannot frack without triggering tremors. And instead of acknowledging that fracking needs to end, Cuadrilla are instead urging for regulations around earthquakes to be relaxed.

“We’ve always said that fracking poses risks for our climate and environment. After today’s quake, and with the effects of climate breakdown already happening around us, isn’t it time to put a stop to fracking once and for all?

”Cuadrilla is obliged to stop fracking for 18 hours if a quake of more than magnitude 0.5 is detected, which has happened several times since October.

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/news/environment/biggest-tremor-on-record-at-little-plumpton-site-forces-halt-to-fracking-in-lancashire-1-9487121   

Greater Manchester councils investing £1 BILLION into fracking industry

Councils in Greater Manchester are investing £1 billion into the fracking industry, the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

Manchester Council is a leading member in a regionwide £1bn investment into the fracking industry, despite a policy opposing the controversial drilling.

The region’s councils invested more half a billion pounds into global fracking giants BP and Shell, whilst companies like Statoil, Exxon, Chevron also received hundreds of millions each.

A total of 6% of the £17bn pension fund went into fracking, making it the second largest investment by proportion of its fund but the largest overall investment in the country,

Public support for fracking has been consistently low, with the recent polls suggesting just 18% of people in the UK support the drilling.

But a 2014 poll run by the Manchester Evening News found that 73% of Greater Manchester residents opposed fracking.

Despite this, Greater Manchester Labour Councils are supporting the fracking industry by investing nearly £1bn into it.

In the last full Manchester council meeting, Labour refused Lib Dem Cllr John Leech’s questions to clarify their position on the investment.

The revelation follows the Government’s recent decision to allow fracking in the UK, with Cuadrilla the first company to begin the controversial practice on the Fylde.

Commenting on the shocking investment, Mark Alcock said:

“Fracking is widely unpopular across the country and in Manchester, some polls even indicate that up to 80% of local people oppose it.

“Climate change is the single biggest threat we face and rather than leading the fight for our environment, Labour councils in Greater Manchester are investing in the most unpopular, dirtiest and most damaging industry imaginable.

“Imagine the difference this £1bn could make if redirected into renewable and clean energy.

“Liberal Democrats take the fight for environment seriously and this revelation is another example of Labour’s stranglehold on Greater Manchester and why electing Liberal Democrat Councillors in Rochdale and across the region is more important than ever.”

Remembrance Sunday parade and service

LEST WE FORGET – Wear your Poppy with PRIDE

Today, tomorrow, wear your Poppy with pride for the sacrifices so many of our service personal have made in the past and are making today and everyday in OUR name – show your support by wearing your poppy with pride!!!!

Rochd​​ale Remembrance Sunday parade and service

Sunday, 11 November 2018

ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND to show your appreciation and support

10.15am: meet on Yorkshire Street at the St Marys Gate End.
10.45am: the parade will depart to the Cenotaph by heading down Yorkshire Street and on to The Esplanade.
10.45am: ward councillors, magistrates, officers and other civic guests will assemble in the Town Hall Exchange.
10.50am: the Mayor, Chief Executive, MP, Leader of the Council, Opposition Leader and Church leaders will leave the main entrance of the town hall for the Service at the Cenotaph. At the end of the march, the Mayoral Party will return to the town hall and the parade will go to Packer Street.
12midday: Rochdale will commemorate the centenary of the end of World One War One with a carousel, swing boats and other family entertainment. 

National School Meals Week

Between the 12-16 of November hundreds of schools across England will be taking part in National School Meals Week – the biggest healthy eating awareness week for children.

The free school meals programme was introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government. With £1.2billion given each year and £150million for kitchen upgrades for schools across England.

Why?

Research shows that a nutritious meal at lunch helps children concentrate, get more out of school and do better academically. Offering free school lunches to every child means better concentration in the whole class and results improve even more. But that’s not all, helping young children to enjoy a range of healthy foods means they’ll have a healthy relationship with food as they grow up.

Commenting Mark Alcock said, “Eating a healthy and nutritious meal at school means better health for our children and better results at school.

“With the help of hard-working teachers and staff, thousands of infant children locally are getting a free healthy meal at lunch time – saving parents a huge £400 a year.

“National School Meals week is a chance for schools to really get stuck in and embrace school meals. Using the creativity and talents of their cooks to the full.”

Mark Alcock added, “During National School Meals week we should also reflect on our schools as a whole. We need to demand better for our schools and reverse damaging budget cuts to get the best for our children.”