Manchester City Council

Local Issues

Being Leader of the City Council doesn't excuse me from my responsibilities as a local councillor in the Crumpsall and Blackley Village Ward of North Manchester. Local issues keep the job real. When you talk to individuals in their own homes or community groups, it keeps you focussed on what the City Council has to deliver to make Manchester a great place to live and work. This morning I meet residents in Anchor Court, one of Crumpsall's excellent sheltered accommodation facilities, to talk about how their immediate area can be improved.

Later I'm privileged to be at St Matthew's along with many parishioners to meet the Bishop of Manchester who is visiting as part of his pilgrimage around the Diocese.  And afterwards I'm with Parkhill and Cleveland Residents Association at Crumpsall Methodist Church to talk about current problems many residents are facing in the area.

Listening to the people I represent and doing something about their concerns is an essential job for me and one all Councillors do with their constituents. Much of my work involves complex strategies and city-wide policies so meeting the individuals, the neighbours, the Mums, the Dads, the youngsters and the older folk, whose passions and preferences are the drivers for all that we do, helps keep my feet on the ground and make decisions that reflect what Manchester people want.

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