Candidates reply to Cllr Bell’s fanciful ideas

Re: Should Glossop move next door?

What Cllr Bell said sums up his approach to representing the people of Old Glossop: whimsical at best! Whilst the general argument has some long term merits and ignoring the fact that the changes would require an Act of Parliament, is this what currently troubles the people of Old Glossop ward? Glossopdale? the Borough? I think not.

Cllr Bell - Should Glossop move next door?

The Glossop Chronicle article: another of Cllr Ivan Bell's fanciful ideas. (Please click to enlarge.)

When people are thinking about the impacts of the cuts in the provision of services provided by our local councils, in the wake of the devastating cuts to their funding settlements, Ivan is pointing out that Tameside’s ‘roads are better’ than ours. Instead of working to improve our area he seems to think it to be more constructive to covet what our neighbours have; bizarrely seeming to ignore the sheer complexity and length of a process to redraw the boundaries of four council areas which lie in three counties and three separate regions.

There’s a saying that a society can be judged on the basis of how it treats its most vulnerable members, but these cuts will disproportionately affected the young and older people of the ward seeing many service withdrawn or decreased especially regarding care for the elderly and transport, with the withdrawal of half price travel into Manchester with the Gold Card for the ward’s elderly cards a proposed cut a perfect example of this. This is not fair and what does it say about our society?

We feel that Old Glossop deserves better, with people that can put forward serious suggestions and have some influence in the decision-making processes of the Council unlike the incumbent members.

Damien Greenhalgh and Garry Parvin
Labour Candidates for Old Glossop Ward

NB – The article “Should Glossop move nextdoor?” can be found online on the Glossop Chronicle’s website here

UPDATE:

Our letter was published in this week’s (27.01.2011) Glossop Chronicle on page 8 – the letters page:

Should Glossop move next door?

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