Labour and Co-operative Party
We have had an extremely difficult year with the Covid virus, and I really do hope that you, your family, and friends have not suffered any bereavements or ill health. If you’ve sadly lost loved ones or suffered ill health, I send you my most sincere thoughts and sympathies.
Obviously, because of Covid restrictions I am not able to visit as many people as I normally would throughout the year, so apologies if I’ve not been to speak to you during the campaign.
Your local Castleton Labour Team of myself, Aasim Rashid and Jean Hornby have still been working for Castleton despite the limitations of Covid.
Here is just a small selection of the Castleton issues we’ve been working on:
- Working to build a new community spirit using the Village Green with activities all year round. In spring Maypole dancing, in Autumn, Remembrance Sunday remembering the fallen of Castleton in the many conflicts during the last century, in Winter our Village Christmas tree with a Christmas lights switching on event including our school children singing carols. At Easter we have our Cross symbolising the way forward is to love one another and to show forgiveness.
- Brightening up the village in summer with flowers around the village centre encouraging volunteers to take ownership and to look after them. This transforms the village and gives us all a feel-good feeling.
- Working with the East Lancs Heritage Railway Board trying to bring the eastern end of the line into Castleton. This will bring many visitors to the village and put us in the North West Visitor attraction book.
- Working to save Heritage Buildings and Venues. For example, ‘The Carnegie Library’, Castleton Baths and Ark Royal Avenue.
- Involving Castleton in the Rochdale In Bloom entry in the North West In Bloom competition and winning gold medals for the last three years. The Railway Station and Memorial stone in the village centre both won commendations.
- Working hard to encourage new housing in Castleton to be built on brownfield sites, with planning approval already given for the old Dunlop site on Royle Barn Road, the former Carcraft site on Nixon Street and land at the rear of Farrell on Queensway. No greenfield sites must be used until our brownfield sites have been utilised.
I hope you will give me the honour of casting your vote for me on May 6th. I am a Castleton man through and through, so what happens here in our village is just as important to me as it is to you.
Thank you very much for kindly taking the time to read through my pitch on Rochdale Online.