103,400 ordinary workers here in Stockport will get a £130 annual tax cut from April 2012. And 4,300 of Stockport’s lowest paid workers will now pay no income tax at all.
This will mean that people who work full time at minimum wage will have their income tax halved. A massive difference from when Gordon Brown doubled their tax from 10% to 20% during the last Labour government.
This is just this year’s part of the Liberal Democrat work to get tax cuts for the low paid, which when complete will mean people not earning the top rate of tax taking home an extra £60 a month. More than 2 million people across the country will benefit from this decision next month.
Local councillor Ann Smith is in favour of raising the tax threshold to around £12,000, taking anyone earning only the minimum wage out of tax altogether.
“I am pleased that this extra help has been secured for hard working people in Stockport faced with higher petrol and energy bills,” Ann said.
“If anyone is to have a tax cut it should be the low paid. I’m pleased that the work of Lib Dems in the coalition means that it will be a tax cut for millions, not millionaires.”
Residents have said ‘no’ to a proposal to allow the Offerton school site in Manor ward to be used as a gypsy and traveller site.
Residents were consulted for their views, and backed the view of Councillors Sue Derbyshire and Daniel Hawthorne that it was not suitable for a gypsy/travellers’ park and also that the entire site should remain in the Green Belt.
Further consultation will be held with residents during this year to develop a planning brief that will define what would be suitable for the site.
Ann Smith acted quickly after flyers were strewn over Stockholm Road recently.
The littering had been caused following a break in at the local ‘Dairy Crest’ dairy.
Ann got action from the Council to ensure it was cleaned up immediately, and an agreement from Dairy Crest that they will clean up any similar incidents in future.
“The flyers were strewn all over the road and needed to be resolved quickly,” said Ann. “Residents can let the local Lib Dem team know if anything similar happens on their street and we will do our best to get a solution as quickly as possible.”
Since September, Manor councillor Sue Derbyshire has been knocking on Manor ward’s doors with her local Residents Survey – listening to local people’s priorities and concerns.
Sue told residents:
“Thank you for the friendly reception and for taking the time to fill in the survey. I am hoping to cover most parts of the Manor Ward over the next few months.
● “Potholes” and “dog fouling” were the most common issues mentioned as requiring action.
● A remarkable 90% of you say you feel safe in your local neighbourhood – although there are small pockets where crime or anti-social behaviour causes concern.
● Many of you have no major concerns and expressed appreciation at what I and the FOCUS team are trying to do.”
Sue has been working hard to deal with local concerns, with much success – although some problems will take longer to sort out. These will of course be reported in the regular issues of Focus that are delivered by volunteers in the local area.
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Cllr Ann Smith, who represents the Davenport and Cale Green ward containing parts of Shaw Heath, has written an urgent letter to residents in Shaw Heath about a petition on resident only parking.
Ann was contacted by residents concerned about problems with the number of cars parking on Wellington Grove, particularly near the junction with Shaw Heath.
These problems have knock on effects further up Wellington Grove, as well on Crosby Road and Cale Road.
Ann told residents in her letter that “The local businesses on Shaw Heath are very important to us here, but they need to be fair about staff parking on residential roads. Especially when there is ample parking already in the Shaw Heath area.”
Ann proposed a Residents Permit parking schemeon Wellington Grove to solve the problem. But she wants residents to have their say on whether they want this scheme to be adopted.
Permit Parking Schemes prevent the long term parking of vehicles owned by non-residents by providing space where only residents and their visitors can park.
The planned consultation on the future of the nursery site in Woodbank Park – involving everyone with an interest in the park – has been further delayed after action from Labour Councillors.
The park serves people all over Manor ward and it is important that lots of local people and groups that use the park have a say in the future of the nursery site.
This is why Manor Lib Dem Councillors Sue Derbyshire and Daniel Hawthorne wanted the Council to issue a consultation document to ensure these key stakeholders had their say.
But Labour Councillors representing Edgeley, Cale Green, and elsewhere in Stockport, blocked the plan. They wanted a costly referendum-style poll, but for just the neighbours of the Park.
Cllr Daniel Hawthorne said: “One consultation document for all interested parties would have been preferable – but councillors from Edgeley, Cale Green and elsewhere outvoted the Manor councillors present.”