Letter: Councillor Brett has got off to a good start as the new Leader of the Council
Date published: 09 January 2018
Councillor Allen Brett, Council Leader
I know it's not popular to praise our local politicians, but I must say Councillor Brett has got off to a good start as the new Leader of the Council.
At a crucial time for Rochdale, he has shown courage and vision by pressing ahead with the new investment in our town centre.
Rochdale has been in decline for decades. The town has two choices, either give up or have pride and faith in a successful future for every resident. I am glad our council has chosen the positive option.
We need new high-street names and quality shops to bring shoppers back to town. A new cinema, restaurants, public art and leisure facilities are all vital nowadays for a vibrant, successful retail centre.
Lots of new independent shops, bars and cafes have already opened with the help of the council offering innovative grants and rate reductions.
We have one of the most attractive places in the North West to build a town centre that we can all be proud of. The magnificent Town Hall, gardens, river opening, and Victorian architecture are the envy of our neighbours.
Add to this the new college, bus station, tram interchange and new office developments, Rochdale is well and truly on the up.
The £100 million investment is a positive statement about our future - and do not forget most of this money is from the private sector.
Do not let the knockers get you down Councillor Brett, every town has them. You have got off to a good start. Please continue with the vision and determination to build a better Rochdale. It is the only way to go.
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