I am a businessman and understand the problems of running a business. Our town centre is in deep decline and I would support the introduction of free parking on Saturdays to encourage people to shop in Rochdale. I would also support the use of business advisors for businesses instead of the seminars and meetings being currently being provided by the Council.
In addition I would support:
- Provision of a dedicated street sweeper for each ward
- Better co-ordination of the gritting service during the winter months
- Improvement of Sure Start and encourage more co-operation with primary schools
- Support for the Youth Service as this could help to fight nuisance on our streets
- Quality adult care is provided and closely monitored for those in need
- It is essential that Council Tax is kept as low as possible. The 3.99% rise this year was far too high and the highest in Greater Manchester.
- We will try to freeze Council Tax for 2 years and give a £50 reduction for pensioners