Healey Ward Planning Applications

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The Council want to hear your views whether you’re supporting or opposing an application. To ensure your views aren’t misinterpreted, you must send them in writing for us to accept them.

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We’ll set a deadline for comments to be received with any letter, site notice or newspaper advertisement. If we receive your comments after this date you many have missed the opportunity to have your comments considered. We receive a high number of comments on applications and therefore are unable to acknowledge or respond to them directly.

MARK ALCOCK’S ANNUAL RESIDENTS SURVEY

It’s around this time of year Mark Alcock and your Local Liberal Democrats would normally be out delivering our Annual Survey – but this is not a normal year. For 2021 we have created a 100% online survey for you. Your opinion really matters to Mark and your local Lib Dems – please take a few moments to complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

Thank you

Mark

Mark’s Annual Survey

Come On Boris! Don’t Leave Us Dangling!

Local Lib Dems urge prime minister to decide on May elections as soon as possible.

Rochdale Lib Dems Spokesperson on Westminster Mark Alcock has written to the Prime Minister asking for decisive action on this years elections planned for 6th May. “It is exactly 100 days until the polls are scheduled to open for the biggest set of elections all on one day since 1973.”said Alcock “Local Council, Greater Manchester Mayoral, By-Elections, Police and Crime Commissioners, Scottish Parliamentary, Welsh Parliamentary and London Assembly are all due up on the same day.”

Rochdale Council Chamber

Rochdale Council Chamber

Alcock goes on to say “Boris Johnson has a track record of not making the big decisions on time, leaving it until the last minute and then presenting the hard choice as the only thing that can be done. There are hundreds and thousands of candidates, campaigners, local authority staff and volunteers who are waiting to hear whether the elections will be postponed again or not. Leaving the decision until the eleventh hour doesn’t help anyone and could cost the public purse a massive waste of money.”

Party Rosettes

Will You Get To Chose In May?

Following the postponement of the 2020 elections there will be a minimum of a 2 year break since people were last able to exercise their democratic rights. Another postponement would lead to an even bigger backlog of elections. In addition to which, some elected officials will have retired, moved away or will no longer be eligible to stand. “Time is running out fast.” concluded Alcock.

“Either give the green light so everyone can make appropriate arrangements or set a new date so that reasonable and proper adjustments can be made. Just don’t leave it til the last minute Boris!”

Mark Alcock (Healey Liberal Democrats)

Mark Alcock, Westminster Spokesperson

Rochdale, Heywood & Middleton Liberal Democrats

Holocaust Memorial Day

Mark Alcock speaking about the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day, he said, ‘after visiting Berger Belson some years ago and seeing the horrors committed by the Nazi’s I believe that it is important that we never forget the Holocaust and these services are a good way to remind people and remember the millions of people murdered and the survivors who suffer on a daily basis from the horrors they endured’.

The £30 Shop, Beth Shows How It Should Be Done

Working Mum, Beth Kitchen, Accepts The £30 Shop Challenge:

‘I decided after seeing all the food packages that the government thought were acceptable, that I would see how much food I could actually get for £30.

Government food parcel

The infamous Government ‘Food Hamper’

I have been in circumstances myself a couple of times in my life where I had to do my weekly shop on just £10 a week, providing for myself and my 2 children. Living on a budget is hard, and people don’t realise what it is like to chose between foods that you would think aren’t a luxury, more of a necessity, so that you don’t over spend the £10 you have. You have to adapt – learn tricks and it encouraged me to try new foods and develop my skills in the kitchen. And even now I am ok for money, I am still in habits that means if I can save money, I will.

I am now in a position, where I can buy my own shop and a £30 shop for someone else. So why not.? I may need the support someday, you never know when the tables may turn.

I was also infuriated by the stereotype accusations that were being made about the families who were accessing the food vouchers and also food banks. The families are in need. They are not “families who have been on benefits all their lives”.

A lot of the people asking for support, are frontline care workers, nurses, teaching assistants – who have contracted COVID and have subsequently got long COVID, meaning they are unable to work. Or families who have been stable for years, but all incomes have stopped due to redundancies.

Myself, I have worked since I was 16 and I have a good career, yet I have had weeks where I found myself with one £10 note in my purse.

Beth with the £30 Shop (Beth Kitchen)

I wanted to help and show that, using my past experience, you can buy a lot of food for the £30 and it can be balanced and nutritious. My aim was to fill a families cupboards, so where I have brought 5 bags of pasta (3 being wholewheat), on a weekly basis you wouldn’t buy this. Instead you would add a bag of carrots, a bag of potatoes, eggs, milk and maybe some meat. I used to buy meat with the yellow stickers “ooopsie” on and freeze. If I couldn’t afford meat I would replace it with a cheaper protein alternative such as lentils that are 53p a bag.

However, the other fact that you need to think about, is that some of these families do not own or can not afford to run and fridge and freezer. They may not have a hob, just a microwave or kettle.

All the food I purchased can be cooked in the most simple ways, but having a tasty and balanced meal.

I have also been following master chef winner, Simon Wood and his journey in helping families cook simple, budget meals which are on his Instagram and the hashtag #feedingfamiliesfor30. He has also set up a website, www.feedingfamilieswithsimonwood.co.uk which has all the recipes and videos on to show people how to cook them.

My daughter, who is 6, loves cooking and often cooks meals for us. She has made many meals using 3 or 4 ingredients with minimal cooking prep. Some of her favourites are cheats carbonara, which is spaghetti, soft cheese and wafer thin ham. This works out as £1.70 for all these ingredients, and you won’t use all of these in that one meal. You would then maybe make cauliflower cheese with the left over soft cheese and lentil spaghetti bolognese with the left over spaghetti.

Another favourite is chicken pie. This can all be done with a microwave and kettle – simply defrost the frozen chicken strips In the microwave, add a tin of chicken soup, and add on top some smash (add some butter into it if you are able) or sliced cooked potatoes or ready roll pastry; pop in the oven and serve with some tinned peas.

I ordered my food shop to a click and collect service, and decided I would donate it to my local village food bank “milnrow pantry”. I love my community and I am always keen to help out and get involved in community projects. “Milnrow pantry” had only been open a couple of weeks and I thought I would share my photo of all the food and challenge people on Facebook to see if they could beat me, and then donate the food to local food banks.

I spent £30 and got 49 items for this, these items should feed a family of 4 for over 2 weeks.

The £30 Shop (Beth Kitchen)

Beth’s £30 Shop

Myself and my friends are very competitive, but they also know I am very thrifty with my money, so I am excited to see if anyone beats me. But more importantly, the challenge will result in families in need, being able to have one of the basic needs in life – food.

I would encourage anyone to try the challenge but if you can’t afford £30, try seeing what you can buy on £10 or £20, or even why not see if you can buy a “meal kit” for £2. It is still 1 meal for a family who may have gone without. It doesn’t have to be weekly, just whenever you can, maybe on payday’.

Take a photo and use the hashtags #feedingfamiliesfor30

VE Day

On this VE day let’s remember the millions of men, woman, children and animals who died or where injured in the war for us.

THEY GAVE THEIR TOMORROW FOR OUR TODAY

Lest We Forget
We are eternally grateful

Another EARTHQUAKE caused by fracking

Biggest earth tremor yet since fracking began in Lancashire left residents across a wide area of Fylde shocked and angry on Monday morning.

The latest micro seismic event, rated by the British Geological Survey at 2.9ML following another on Saturday night recorded at 2.1 ML, was felt as far afield as parts of Blackpool, St Annes, Warton, Wesham, Weeton and Wrea Green.

Fracking firm Cuadrilla has confirmed it was not hydraulically fracturing at the time and says it is investigating the cause of the tremor.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, has pledged to raise the issue with the environment minister and is to demand a statement on the matter in the house when Parliament resumes after the summer break

Stephen Collier, who lives at Langdale Road at Mereside, Blackpool,. said: “There was a big rumble which went on for about five seconds – the whole house shook.”

Sandra Ball, who lives in Knarebrough Avenue, near Blackpool’s Stanley Park, said: “My house is a good few miles away from the fracking site, but it was shaking – do they want houses actually collapsing before this ridiculous fiasco is stopped?”

Michael Ducker, who lives just off Midgeland Road, Marton, said: “I am extremely worried. I have a newborn baby in the house and I’m scared to leave my fiance and baby and go to work.

“If anything happens to my house or family I will sue the Government and Cuadrilla for every penny I can.

“The Government’s decision (to allow fracking) and Cuadrilla’s actions are literally shaking the foundations of my new build house and who knows what kind of damage it is causing. They need to be stopped now.”

Andy Courtney, from Warton, said: “There was no damage but a significant audible rumble.

“We are about four or five miles from the fracking site in Warton.

“My daughter in Wrea Green also contacted me immediately afterwards to ask if I’d felt that.”

Stephen Lightfoot said: “We live in the Cartmell Road area of St. Annes, and the whole house shook sideways with a loud rumbling noise, all lasting around five seconds or so; but quite frightening nonetheless.”

A resident of Redwood Drive in the Whitehills area of Marton, said: “Our house was shaking and I even felt the footpath move under my feet.

“We only moved in two weeks ago. This is really unsettling and getting a bit ridiculous after that one the other night.”

Mr Marsden said: “It’s very disturbing that this has happened.

“I have had many residents across Blackpool contacting and tweeting me this morning following the tremor.


“The Government has allowed this fracking to commence again and they now need to put a hold on the fracking at Preston New Road to allow an investigation to take place.

“I heard that Cuadrilla were calling the tremor the same as a toddler playing on the floor. I don’t know how many toddlers they think can rattle windows and shake wardrobes from just playing on the floor.

“I will be writing a letter to the new Environment Minister demanding an inquiry into these tremors and when Parliament returns I will be demanding a statement from the Government as well.”

Saturday’s 2.1 ML micro seismic event came after tremors of 1.05 at Preston New Road, Litttle Plumpton on Friday night and another measuring 0.53 on Saturday morning.

Any tremor measuring 0.5 or above means fracking must be temporarily stopped.

Cuadrilla has asked for the safety limits to be increased so it can operate more effectively.

A spokesman for Cuadrilla said: “We’re aware of a seismic event at 8.30am (on Monday).

“We can confirm that no hydraulic fracturing was being carried out at the time and none has been carried out over the weekend.

https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/people/biggest-tremor-yet-leaves-residents-across-blackpool-and-fylde-shocked-and-angry-1-9956413

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