Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017

East of the M60’s preview to this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in the Tameside area

Hard to believe we are three weeks away from either getting Strong and Stable Government®, or government for many and not the few.

Right, never mind that, it is also three weeks away to The World’s Greatest Free Show on Earth. Ladies and gentlemen, we at East of the M60 mean… Whit Friday. Hence our preview of the contests taking place in the Tameside area. Continue reading “Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017”

An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017

The World’s Our Bus Stop: 2017 Edition

Some of the best laid plans are never planned at all. Some of them are made on the hoof, or they just fall into place. Serendipity and spontaneity can make for the greatest of journeys as we lose ourselves in another town, village, open space, or on a bus you never thought of catching.

My first circumnavigation of 2017 was a classic example. I left Chez Vall thinking “my first work day of 2017”. So I caught the 220 to Stalybridge bus station for the 0746 train to Salford Central. Continue reading “An Accidental Circumnavigation: South Lancashire by Bus, 03 January 2017”

It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Greater Manchester Mayoral Election Results

Burnham landslide opens door to mayorship of Greater Manchester

Seven Sisters Flats, Rochdale
Housing was a key part of Andy Burnham’s manifesto pledge with a plan to cut homelessness to zero by 2020. The Seven Sisters flats in Rochdale, photographed in 2011.

Almost as soon as we heard about Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates, Andy Burnham was a clear favourite. As anticipated, the former Labour and Cooperative Party MP for Leigh was duly elected as Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on Life in the City Region

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on living in Greater Manchester

Sammys Basin, Fairbottom Canal, near Failsworth
As well as being framed by the Pennine foothills in the northern and eastern parts of the city region, Greater Manchester also has country parks like Daisy Nook. They offer a neat balance between urban and rural landscapes. Sammy’s Basin, as seen on the banks of the Fairbottom Canal is popular with anglers as well as walkers.

Being able to move around Greater Manchester, as well as employment prospects, and a clean environment are key to the city region’s attractiveness for potential residents. By car and public transport, the countryside or the seaside is an hour or so away. The Peak District is close to Tameside and Oldham. Blackpool is an hour from Bolton and Wigan. The polycentric nature of Greater Manchester offers great scope for a vibrant economy and a good place to set up home.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on the Economy

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on the city region’s economic development

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
Greater Manchester’s economy has long been associated with cotton spinning, but job losses in the early 1960s undermined this, affecting Oldham’s, Bolton’s and Tameside’s economy. Today (seen in this 2011 view) , this is Greater Manchester’s only cotton mill, which reopened last year.

Cottonpolis, or the Capital of the Northern Powerhouse: several names have been bestowed on our city region. The state of our transport system, and the environment we live and work in, has an effect on the economic wellbeing of Greater Manchester. Thanks to a shift towards service industries, the city of Manchester has become a popular place for short breaks – behind Edinburgh and London.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on Environmental Issues

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on the city region’s environmental issues

Towards Rivington Pike
Rivington Pike: seen in the distance is one of Greater Manchester’s best loved rural spots.

The environment isn’t only analogous to our city region’s transport policy. It affects the way we live, how we exercise, how we work, and our mental health. As well as affordable public transport, cycling provision, and our social life, it is also the ability to share green spaces and respect our neighbours. Animals as well as human beings.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: GM Mayoral Candidates on Transport Policy

Where Greater Manchester’s mayoral candidates stand on the city region’s transport issues

Dennis Dart SLF, WA56 OAY, First Greater Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station,
Whether Burnham, Anstee, Brophy, or Odze are elected, the victorious Mayor of Greater Manchester will be able to apply a London-style franchise model to the city region’s bus routes.

Transport is an emotive issue in Greater Manchester. From the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway, to the Metrolink’s Second City Crossing, it is intertwined in the city’s fabric. For some, it is the story of failed hopes; ping pong between local and central government; and mothballed road projects. There’s more than enough to fill a separate blog post on the aforementioned subject. With the Mayoral Election a week away, we get to decide who’s going to lay their hands on the train set (among other things).
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Voting for your Greater Manchester Mayoral Candidate

How the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election uses the Supplementary Vote system

Hyde Town Hall
Hyde Town Hall photograph by Mikey, 2011 (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved)

If you’ve received your copy of the 4 May booklet through the post, you will have read the statements of each candidate. Instead of sending you a clump of leaflets through the post, they have added all the leaflets inside a nifty A5 booklet, plus details on how to vote. A cheap yet very cheerful option.
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It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Tameside’s Elections

East of the M60’s preview of this year’s elections of mayoral and general varieties

  • A look ahead towards this year’s possible General Election;
  • A preview of the Mayoral Election.
Tower Mill, Dukinfield
Tower Mill, Dukinfield: now spinning cotton again, thanks to a little help from the European Union.

Subject to a Commons vote, the people of Tameside could be voting in two elections within the space of a month. What is definitely going ahead are the Mayoral Elections that will take place on the 04 May 2017. In the next few days on East of the M60, you will find out more about the second election of the two. The one that Theresa May called earlier this morning [18 April]. Continue reading “It’s Up the Poll! 2017: Tameside’s Elections”

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