Blog of @AndyKinsey,
Labour Candidate for Hyde Werneth.
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Views on this website are those of Andy Kinsey and not necessarily those of Tameside Labour.

 

Confirmation, if it were needed, that road resurfacing will begin on Monday on Fawley Avenue, Clough Fold and St George’s Drive in Hyde.

Spoke with a lovely resident about the works who was over the moon and will be supporting labour on May 22nd.

Confirmation, if it were needed, that road resurfacing will begin on Monday on Fawley Avenue, Clough Fold and St George’s Drive in Hyde.

Spoke with a lovely resident about the works who was over the moon and will be supporting labour on May 22nd.

Work has began on the resurfacing of #LordDerby Road in Gee Cross today! Ahead of schedule.

This is great news for all of the residents in the area.

On behalf of Cllr Raja Miah and Myself, I would like to thank those who have contacted us regarding the road over the past months and gave us the power to get this road resurfaced. 

I am today very happy to announce that following a listening exercise with the local communities, and lobbying of council officials, that the roads below will be resurfaced over the next few weeks.

> Lord Derby Road
> Hudson Road
> Fawley Avenue
> St George’s Road

We would like that thank the local community for helping us get this work on to the maintenance list so quickly. We would also like to thank Tameside Council for listening to our residents and Hyde Werneth Labour Party in this instance, as with last year and King Edward Road.

Over the past 6 months I have campaigned tirelessly on behalf of residents to make changes like this to the infrastructure of Hyde Werneth. Together with Councillor Raja Miah we have made changes and improvements which will help everyone who lives in the area. This of course includes road surfaces which are costly both in maintenance for the cars and health care bills. It has also been a bit of an eyesore, an eyesore ignored by the Tory councillors for many years.

I have taken action and will continue to do so to ensure that we, the residents of Hyde Werneth, can call our roads safe and show our area to be as amazing as it really is.

Update. We are also happy to confirm the Fawley Ave resurfacing will continue to Clough Fold rd.

Register to Vote: Have Your Say

Over the past year or two, talking the residents of Hyde Werneth, I’ve heard a lot of concerns in the area - and with the help of Cllr Raja Miah, have been able to help residents and improve their lives.

Hyde Werneth is not your typical area though, there is much less political apathy than the majority of areas in the North West. But although there is no shortage of opinion there are still a large number of residents who are not registered to vote.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard, and I’ve made every effort to ensure that happens - including talking to my political opponents to ensure their views are heard and considered. However, without voting your voice can only do so much. 

Please Register to Vote - Heres How!

By registering to vote you help guarantee your voice will be heard and your views considered during the decisions the council makes, and of course the EU and Parliament.

A vote may just appear to be a cross on a piece of paper, but in reality it is your ticket to issues being fixed - a vote for a person you believe can help is a vote for good (for you and your area).

So… Click the link, register to vote, and …

Afzal Khan (@cllrakhan), a Labour MEP Candidate joined me and 30 other Labour activists out in Hyde Werneth this morning.
Afzal and I spoke to many residents this morning about all manner of topic, from local issues to national issues. It was great to be back on the #labourdoorstep with Afzal, something we haven’t done in several years.
Afzal, like myself, is a great believer in being a Champion of Jobs for Young People and Growing the Economy by working with businesses of all kinds, but in particular local small businesses. 
The clear message from both Afzal and myself is that on May 22nd 2014 - use both of your votes to #VoteLabour
Find out more about Afzal at afzalkhan.org.uk

Afzal Khan (@cllrakhan), a Labour MEP Candidate joined me and 30 other Labour activists out in Hyde Werneth this morning.

Afzal and I spoke to many residents this morning about all manner of topic, from local issues to national issues. It was great to be back on the #labourdoorstep with Afzal, something we haven’t done in several years.

Afzal, like myself, is a great believer in being a Champion of Jobs for Young People and Growing the Economy by working with businesses of all kinds, but in particular local small businesses. 

The clear message from both Afzal and myself is that on May 22nd 2014 - use both of your votes to #VoteLabour

Find out more about Afzal at afzalkhan.org.uk

International Womens Day 2014 - Family Fun Day at Hyde Fire Station

Yesterday, 9th March 2014, I spent a wonderful afternoon at Hyde Community Fire Station celebrating International Womens Day 2014 (#IWD2014).

The family fun day organised by Hyde Community Action was fantastic. It was a real celebration of women in the real world and a show that actually we’ve come along way in recent decades and although sex can still be an issue in the work place it is no where near the barrier it once was. 

The whole day was organised by women and through the day there were several influential ladies speaking to the crowd - including Rehana from Hyde Community Action, Nicola from Greater Manchester Police and Jax from Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue (Hyde) - plus two Tameside Labour Councillors (Maria Bailey and Janet Jackson).

As you can see from the photos above, it was a perfect day weather wise and families from across Tameside came to enjoy a very well organised event. It was great to see what a community can do together.

Northern Rail Failing Customers at #UnsafeStation #Fairfield - Updated (again)

As someone who works with local communities around Tameside, and works for a living in Manchester, I travel across Greater Manchester by train almost everyday of the week. As such I know the good, the bad and the ugly stations across Manchester, I know that in Tameside we’ve got a few stations needing attention for reasons such as making them accessible for disabled or elderly residents. But I seldom would consider a train station to be unsafe, I don’t usually find myself thinking “I wouldn’t use that station”. So the words “unsafe station” don’t come easily, and I don’t use them lightly - but here is the story as to why I feel that Fairfield Station is today an Unsafe Station.

On 17th Oct I first noticed that the lights at Fairfield train station were not working on one platform - this just a few days after their newly installed cctv had been ripped out by vandals. - https://twitter.com/andykinsey/status/390897010246946816

A few days later I noticed the other side had gone out, leaving just one light on the platform toward guide bridge lighting the station. (21st) - http://twitter.com/5404092/statuses/392348963749527552.

Northern replied that evening saying it would be looked into. 

A few days later (24th) the lights appeared fixed, i gave them applause on twitter for acting to make the station safe. On the 28th once again the lights were out at the station on both sides - http://twitter.com/5404092/statuses/394891191634132992

The next day they were back on … but then the following day lights again were out at the station. On the 1st Nov lights were still out and I declared the station to be an #unsafestation - I don’t get off there as i live in hyde, but i spoke to a few people who were regulars at the station and they said that it felt uncomfortable walking in the dark up the path “anyone could be hidden in the trees” and one elderly lady told me she would be getting off at guide bridge and getting a family member to drive them home when the lights were out they felt so unsafe.

I then tweeted again on the 6th with the lights still out at the station.

And again on the 12th, and again for the past few days.

Northern Rail tell me on twitter that they have had engineers out, which is good stuff but following a month of less light than light at the station, cctv ripped out and customers feeling unsafe - I now feel the need to reach out and ask for some help in pushing northern to not only fix the lights but make the station feel safe for all in the community. 

So this evening I’ve reached out to ask for help in getting this station fixed once and for all. 

I have talked to local MP Andrew Gwynne (@gwynnemp) and he has immediately began work to get this issue fixed for local residents. He too believes that this situation is not acceptable (tweet).

If you would like to help us ensure the Northern Rail make Fairfield station safe for all of it’s users - simply tweet the message below.

”.@northernrailorg please make #fairfield a Safe Station by fixing the lights at the station // cc @andykinsey”

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Fairfield Station c. 1905 - Today only the two central tracks remain. Photo by Disused Stations

Update: 4/12/13

After around a week of one side having lights back on (guide bridge bound) this evening both sides are yet again out of action. Dark nights are drawing in I have once again alerted Northern Rail of this - who in turn have let me know ISS (northerns engineers of choice) are no longer dealing with the issue and it’s now in the hands of Network Rail - hopefully this means there will soon be a solution.

Update: 9/12/13

The saga continues and it will be at least 30th December before the lights are fixed properly by Network Rail. I suggested Temporary lighting again and was told to email them, I have and as promised on twitter they will be public and can be found by clicking “northern rail fails" in the sidebar.

On Saturday, I joined @JReynoldsMP and a team of Labour members in Hyde Civic Square to talk with residents of Tameside about Energy Prices.
Ed Miliband has promised to freeze energy prices if elected in 2015 until 2017 whilst the energy market is reformed, with retail and generation separated and made to be transparent. Our campaign is calling on David Cameron to #FREEZETHATBILL today and take on the energy companies to reform them fully and bring down energy prices for you, me and local businesses.
We live in a time of hardship, where cuts by this government are affecting everyone and instead of making our money go further its value is reduced again and again. Businesses in Hyde tell me that times are tough, electricity and gas prices are rising so much that some are struggling to stay in business. The cost of living which this government has delivered is not only a threat to how we all live but to the economy as a whole.
Our petition calls on Cameron to freeze energy prices and reform the energy sector now, not tomorrow, today! It’s only one or two bills but it can mean the difference between a family being able to eat tonight or having to go with out. Please sign our petition today by visiting j.mp/freezethatbill

On Saturday, I joined @JReynoldsMP and a team of Labour members in Hyde Civic Square to talk with residents of Tameside about Energy Prices.

Ed Miliband has promised to freeze energy prices if elected in 2015 until 2017 whilst the energy market is reformed, with retail and generation separated and made to be transparent. Our campaign is calling on David Cameron to #FREEZETHATBILL today and take on the energy companies to reform them fully and bring down energy prices for you, me and local businesses.

We live in a time of hardship, where cuts by this government are affecting everyone and instead of making our money go further its value is reduced again and again. Businesses in Hyde tell me that times are tough, electricity and gas prices are rising so much that some are struggling to stay in business. The cost of living which this government has delivered is not only a threat to how we all live but to the economy as a whole.

Our petition calls on Cameron to freeze energy prices and reform the energy sector now, not tomorrow, today! It’s only one or two bills but it can mean the difference between a family being able to eat tonight or having to go with out. Please sign our petition today by visiting j.mp/freezethatbill

First TransPennine Express Driver to Strike - I Support Them

It isn’t often that you will find me supporting strikes from any train operator, but today I feel the need to speak out in support of the drivers of the First TransPennine Express franchise who backed by ASLEF are looking to strike on Tues 5 Nov and Sat 9 Nov.

Current status of RMT in this regard is unknown.

For me this is a matter of public safety and how public funds are spent… And no this isn’t a call to renationalise the railway.

When a TOC is given a franchise they obviously have to make some kind of profit (else why would they bother) and that I am fine with, but when that profit comes first priority instead of safety and the public purse I do have an issue. 

TPE entered franchise agreements and rest day agreements which were designed to ensure that customers who travelled with the company were safe, they also ensured there was enough staff cover for the franchise to run every train expected of them. This strike is (to be simple) because TPE want to break the rest day agreements and tried to beg drivers to do so with a £1000 bonus. 

Breaking this rest day agreement will risk customer safety - rest days are there for our safety. Imagine if your driver never had a rest day, they would be tired, become complacent and wouldn’t spot potential problems as quickly as they would otherwise. It’s a risk to everyones safety on those trains. Rest Days are Vital!

The reason they are doing this is to save a few quid, and bolster their profits because they (TPE) do not want to hire more drivers - it would cost more and yup eat into their profits. So all this moaning in press releases of “its not good for out customers” isn’t right, well it is but not for the reasons they think. It’s correct because ok some people won’t travel that day and it maybe bad for them and a business, but it could be worse and thats what they omit, what if someone dies because a driver has skipped too many rest days thanks to pressure from TPE - that would not be good for customers. A missed day at work is nothing compared with that. 

Conclusion: TPE need to realise that as customers we do not care about their profits in any way shape or form. We care about getting between A and B safely and quickly. They need to realise this and if they fail to do so I hope that the franchise is stripped from them. They are a good operator in general but customer safety should always be the priority.

TPE press release

ASLEF press release

With Tory-led government cuts every community across the country must now battle for each bit of funding. For a long time King Edward Road in Hyde has been of concern to the community. Hyde Werneth Labour Party have been lobbying the council and are running a campaign to ensure that King Edward Road is Resurfaced.

If you would like to join the campaign, sign our petition at http://j.mp/kingedwardroad