Local Election 2016

Duncan  Hannant

Duncan Hannant

Labour Party
Milnrow & Newhey Ward

I am asking for your help to revitalise Milnrow and Newhey over the coming years by electing me, a Local Labour Lad, to serve you the people of these villages in the Local Elections on 5 May.

Since 2010 the Lib-Dems (and Tories) have decimated our finances, reducing by £160million the amount available to Rochdale to invest on behalf of its residents, whilst increasing resources for Southern, Tory led Councils; how can that be fair?

I am a local resident, working in healthcare, who believes that we can do better for Milnrow & Newhey by standing up and fighting for our fair share of resources, communicating effectively with you, the residents and ensuring that you are promptly kept informed of the outcome of any problem you raise with us, even when we are unable to achieve success on your behalf.

I am relatively new to local politics and believe that as well as being straight with residents about what can be achieved, we must innovate, use new technologies to deliver better services, drive our economy forward by the use of wind and water (renewable energy sources) to generate electricity for our residents. We will offer new businesses incentives to set up here in Milnrow and Newhey, providing meaningful and well-paid jobs for local people.

I have already been involved in discussions about flood prevention for our villages, repairing pot holes in our roads, reinstating lost litterbins across the ward and improving parking for Metrolink users and have stopped the sale of cars and vans in our public car parks.

I have used my skills and knowledge to set up the Milnrow and Newhey Jobs Club, which has already supported local people to get in to meaningful work. I am launching a Spring Clean for our wards, with coordinated pickup of litter and household debris from areas all across the ward, further details will be announced over the next two weeks.

In my work life I have a track record of bringing people together to achieve great things for patients and have a deep understanding of our NHS.

I would like to serve you, the people of Milnrow and Newhey by supporting the development of a revitalised Health & Social Care system that is both properly funded and puts your needs at the centre of its priorities, not around a collection of different organisations with conflicting priorities.

The opportunities for “wrapping care” around the service user that will come from devolution; “Devo Manc” will be exciting and challenging, I want to fight on your behalf to ensure we get the Health and Social Care Service that we deserve.

Your effective and efficient Labour Council has an ambitious programme for the next few years, specifically in 2016 we will deliver:

  • A £1 million business fund to support firms and create jobs in our town and for its people.
  • Grants of up to £5,000 to encourage independent retailers to set up in our town Centre.
  • Business Rate reductions for new businesses filling up empty shops in Milnrow & Newhey.
  • An extra £1 Million for street cleaning
  • An extra £1 Million to fix pot holes
  • An extra 250 bins across the borough
  • An extra 100 allotments across the borough
  • Enrolling every child in a library
  • Doubling the number of computers in our library
  • Introduce new grants to attract the best maths teachers to our schools
  • Award free Council Tax to all foster carers who look after a teenager

Be a part of this revitalisation of Milnrow and Newhey on 5 May by electing me, a local Labour Lad with innovative ideas, rather than electing an old guard Lib-Dem, who will be on the margins of the council, jumping on bandwagons and chasing Unicorns.


Local Election 2016