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🔶🗳 Vote Liberal Democrat on both ballots (you have 2 votes in these elections) look for the bird on the ballot papers


You can hand your completed Postal Vote in at any polling station in Rochdale between 7am and 10pm today

Have you got your postal vote?

Dear Friends,

A quick reminder – if you have received your Postal Vote, don’t forget to post it back soon.

Postal voting instructions

People who applied for a postal vote in the last month or so, or specifically for this election, are due to receive their ballot from today. It’s especially important to get these ones in the post quickly to make sure they get back in time to be counted.

Thank you for all the positive email messages of support I’ve been receiving. People seem to really appreciate the hard work that the Lib Dem team and I do in the local community. They appreciate the fact that we are active in the local community all year round – we don’t just show up at election times like the other parties.

Don’t forget – Voting for any other party just helps Labour elect another town hall yes man to win round here.

Above all, don’t forget that in a local election the most important thing is getting a local person who people can rely on to speak up for this area. I’ve been touched to hear more and more people saying that’s why they’re voting for me this time.

With best wishes – and thankyou.

Mark Alcock

Liberal Democrat Candidate for HEALEY WARD

P.S. If you have any questions about the election, please get in touch. Don’t forget, it will be very close between me and the Labour yes man – so make sure your vote counts!

RIP Shirley Williams

Shirley William’s was a remarkable Lady, every time I met this her she inspired me with her wisdom and her passion to help others and make a difference.

This has inspired me to help the thousands of residents in the communities that I have been a Councillor for some 20+ years.

For me Shirley was so dedicated and passionate about helping others, and such a lovely caring person, you will be sorely missed

RIP My thoughts are with Shirley’s family and friends

Mark Alcock Healey Ward Liberal Democrat Candidate/Campaigner

Hello, my name is Mark Alcock, I am 60 years old and live in Bay Street, Rochdale with my wife and our two cats. I’ve attended school, college and university, where I studied both information technology and as a teacher. I have three daughters (including twins) and four grandchildren, one of whom is autistic. I’m proud to have been selected to represent the residents of Healey Ward by Rochdale Liberal Democrats.

I have gained a vast wealth of experience as a councillor and I have 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, I lived and served served for eight years on South Ribble Borough Council and Farington Parish Council. I have also served on Greater Manchester Police Authority as a representative, getting more police funding to the areas I represented.

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

I have 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 me out and about at the  Arndale and the Arcades in Ashton amongst other places!

When I’m not working, I like to spend my limited spare time with my wife, my daughters, my grandchildren, and tending my allotment and watching sport

I am not a career politician, I have had a good mix of the real challenges that many of the people living in Healey have encountered. This includes the stressful process of being made redundant more than once. I believes that these experiences help me when he represents the people of Healey who put their trust in him.

                            Mark’s Manifesto for Healey Ward
I am already working and will continue to work improve our area by:
Reversing the Labour councils plans to build on our Greenfields
Getting potholes filled across our area
Having rubbish and fly tipping removed both on our streets and countryside 
Working to stop bikers and off road vehicles damaging our wonderful countryside
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  across our area
Listening to people’s concerns and issues
Advising and assisting with school appeals
Assisting with planning issues and advice 
Supporting constituents with housing and homelessness problems
Helping with council tax issues
Clamping down on dog fouling and stray dogs

If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to email me: [email protected]

Twitter: [email protected]

Facebook : HealeyLiberalDemocrats

Or write to me at: Mark Alcock, 31 Bay Street, Rochdale , OL12 0EA

New Friends group launched for Syke and Cronkeyshaw Commons

Cronkeyshaw Common from Further Heights Road

Reproduced from Rochdale Online: Date published: 10 April 2021

A group of residents have formed a new Friends group to promote, protect and enhance green spaces in Syke and Cronkeyshaw.

The group was founded at a meeting in March when 10 residents, supported by two ward councillors, came together to discuss ways of maintaining and enhancing the natural beauty of the area.

At the meeting, the new friends agreed the scope would include Limersgate from Iron Waters Bridge to the common and across the common to Heights Lane.

It also includes the entirety of the common (and the pond) from Syke Chapel to Heights Lane. Finally, the scope includes Syke Wood and the Joy Street Greenway.

The aims of the group, named Friends of Syke and Cronkeyshaw (FOSAC), include:

  • To provide opportunities for community members to maintain and enhance the natural beauty of the area
  • To promote the care and improvement of existing and historic features within the area; making them safe, welcoming, accessible and enjoyable for all, now and in the future

A new committee was elected. Tricia Ayrton was elected chair, Julie Clarke, secretary and Stuart Bromley, treasurer.

The pond on Syke Common. Photo: Google, DigitalGlobe

Immediate plans include working closely with Rochdale Council, Healey Ward Forum and wider partners to develop long terms plans, bring in funding to complete projects and organise community events such as litter picks.

Tricia said: “We are blessed with so many beautiful spots around the area which are well loved and well used by the community; we can really be proud of them.

“As local residents, we wanted to come together see what we could do to promote, protect and enhance these areas of beautiful spaces. We hope to build a real buzz around the group and our green spaces.

“Clearly everyone has had a terrible time in the last 12 months so it is nice to look at doing something positive, which I hope to bring the community together.”


Dear Friends,

If you are registered to vote you should have received a letter from Rochdale Council this week confirming who is registered to vote at your house. Please do double check your post – the letter will not be addressed to you by name – it will say ‘The Occupier’ along with your address.

Check the details in the letter carefully and contact the council if any details are incorrect or incomplete. You will find details of how to do this in the letter.

If you are not already registered to vote by post, you should also find postal voting registration forms in the envelope along with a pre-paid envelope.

While we are slowly moving out of Lockdown and restrictions will reduce in the coming weeks and months; many voters around the Borough are registering for a postal vote to ensure that they can vote safely and conveniently. Simply complete the postal voting forms for each registered voter in your household and return them to Rochdale Council in the pre-paid envelope to ensure you can vote safely.

If you didn’t get postal voting forms included in the letter, you can download them here.

If you are not currently registered to vote, you can do that here. It takes about five minutes. But do hurry – last date to register so that you can vote in this years local elections is 19th April 2021.

It is expected that new voter registrations will be high this year – so registering early should ensure that you will be able to vote on 6th May.

Take care
Mark Alcock