holiday commitments, this month’s task is being held this Sunday, 22 September
2019; the task is to cut back the overgrowth on our previous completed drainage
on the access road, strimmer being made available by the Countryside Service.
the current weather forecast for Sunday is light rain and a gentle breeze,
likely temperatures of 17º/19º and 9 mph winds; hot & cold liquids,
appropriate clothing & footwear and a packed lunch if you are up for
the day appear to be order of the day, as it is intended that we will be on the
lower part of the moor.
If you have any
issues that you may wish to discuss prior to Sunday, please do not hesitate to
email (on either address) or text / phone me on 07961107860.
For those of
you that have not already done so, please could you let me know if you
intend to join us.
I look forward to seeing you in the Crompton Moor Car Park at 10.30 on Sunday. Thank you.
Mayor, I want to bring to your attention the rather unpleasant and underhand
news that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority are planning to tax the
elderly residents of this Borough before they can even board a tram.
who currently enjoy free travel on public transport across Greater Manchester
are being forced to pay an annual fee if they want to travel from A to B on
new Charge will be £10, whereas before it was free!
new tax will be live as early as January 2020.
hope we plan to communicate this to our elderly residents in the Borough?
must also think about if this new strategy should be means tested and not
rolled out to everyone regardless of their own personal circumstances.
national law states free travel for the over sixty fives on buses, but from
next year any pensioner wanting to claim free travel on the Greater Manchester Train
and Metrolink Tram network will be forced to pay an annual administration
£10 charge is simply a hidden Labour stealth tax our elderly.
now must pay for TV licences and struggle with heating and other bills in
freely available on the NHS website says hundreds of thousands of elderly
people are cut off from society and suffer from loneliness.
applies especially the over 75s as over one million of these older people live
begs the sad question, why did the Labour party at the last full council
meeting in July say they want to maintain free TV licences for the over 65s but
now plan to charge pensioners for claiming their rightly entitled free travel?
explain this to me because I know a lot of people will be just as puzzled as I
Councillor Howard Sykes MBE
Q2 Leaders Question – Greater Manchester
Spatial Framework Proposals
Mayor, it is widely known, that the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF),
will build on large chunks of Oldham Borough’s untouched and finite Greenbelt
and green spaces including our valuable Protected Open Space.
is a persisting issue in the Borough and there have been mass demonstrations
and organised protests against these proposals.
plan will decide the future of the Borough for generations.
yet to hear which Oldham Council meeting will discuss the proposals detailed in
the framework and for the Council to discuss and agree the terms laid out in
the importance of this subject, it would be wise, in the Liberal Democrats
opinion, that Oldham Borough have a special one item agenda Council meeting about
the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
the Leader confirm when the much promised GMSF proposal will see the light of
the Leader confirm that Oldham Council will hold a special one item agenda
Council meeting to discuss, agree and comment on published GMSF proposals?
that there will be consultation on when that meeting might be held and a
significantly long notice of when it will be held?
there is no special meeting planned, which ordinary meeting of Council, will
this important matter will be shoe horned into?
Democrat Councillor Howard Sykes MBE has criticised Labour bosses in Manchester
for their hypocrisy. Pensioners who
currently enjoy free travel on public transport across Greater Manchester are
being forced to pay an annual fee if they want to travel from A to B. The new Charge will be £10, whereas before it
was free. This tax will be live possibly
as early as January 2020.
Sykes MBE commented: “Pensioners
currently enjoy free train, tram and bus travel weekdays, on weekends and
public holidays. This is a great way to
enable older people access to the full network free of financial
£10 charge is simply a Labour shakedown to stealth tax our elderly. OAPs now have to pay for TV licences and
struggle with heating bills in winter, this is unfair and misguided policy.”
The Labour led Greater Manchester Combined Authority wants to introduce the £10 annual charge from 2020 to make all its concessionary travel schemes more consistent. GMCA currently charge a £10 administration fee for other concessionary schemes, such as the recent so called free pass for travel for 16-18 year olds.