STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is seeking urgent clarification on the government’s position towards a bypass in Longdendale.
In one of his first actions since being elected, Mr Reynolds has invited Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to visit the constituency to see for himself the problems that are caused by traffic congestion in the area.
The A57 – between Hollingworth and the end of the M67 in Mottram – is one of the busiest ‘A Roads’ in the country. But the road, which cuts through the village of Mottram, was not built to cope with this volume of traffic.
As a result roads throughout Longdendale are often jammed. And the level of traffic has an impact on air quality, noise and dust for local residents.
"Residents in Longdendale have been blighted by the problems of excessive traffic on the A57 for more than 30 years," said Mr Reynolds, who is also the local councillor for the Longdendale ward.
"A significant number of lorries and heavy goods vehicles use the A57 as the preferred route between the end of the M67 and Yorkshire. But this is a relatively minor road in a small village, which was never designed for such heavy traffic.
"Residents have been promised a solution to this unacceptable problem for years – but instead they still have to put up with jammed roads and poor public transport links.
"I have now written to the new Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to invite him to witness this problem for himself.
"The Liberal Democrats have a policy of no new major road building schemes. And I am seeking a reassurance from Mr Hammond that this will not be the policy of the joint Liberal-Conservative coalition."
Plans for a Longdendale bypass were shelved earlier this year after the Highways Agency pulled out of a public inquiry, where they had earlier submitted miscalculated data.
The council has now drawn up the ‘Longdendale Integrated Transport Strategy’, which is designed to ease the volume of traffic.
The plan includes a new road, as well as changes to public transport, including bus priority measures, and improvements that would include park and ride.
The council has been conducting a wide-ranging consultation exercise that addressed the different options.
Published May 19, 2010.
STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is seeking urgent clarification on the government’s position towards a bypass in Longdendale. In one of his first actions since being elected, Mr Reynolds...
JONATHAN Reynolds has been elected as the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde.
Cllr Reynolds was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the General Election, following the decision of James Purnell to step down.
He was declared as the new MP in the early hours of Friday May 7, after receiving 16189 votes.
Following the election, Jonathan said: “It is an honour to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde.
“I am proud to represent the community where I live. But I know that this is a huge responsibility and it is now that the hard work really begins.”
In the run up to the election, Jonathan – who lives in Mottram with his wife Claire – made a number of pledges to the electorate.
He said he would:
- Fight for more jobs – to retain manufacturing in the area a nd to push for high-tech jobs;
- Campaign for changes in the running of Tameside Hospital to improve healthcare and to restore public trust.
- To work with local residents and police to combat crime and anti-social behaviour;
- Campaign for better transport links – addressing the need to reduce congestion in Longdendale and to improve rail services to Manchester.
- Support plans for the new National Care Service, giving older people the dignity and care they deserve
JONATHAN Reynolds has been elected as the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde.Cllr Reynolds was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the General Election, following the decision of...
LABOUR supporters from across Tameside have joined together to launch their General Election campaign.
Labour candidates David Heyes (Ashton), Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) and Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) spoke about the need to re-elect a Labour Government.
They highlighted the benefits that government policy had already brought to the Tameside area.And they talked about the risk to the area that a Conservative Government would pose.
Following the launch, at Stalybridge Labour Club, Jonathan Reynolds said: “The Labour Government has made a real impact on our area.
“You only need to look at the development of our Sure Start Children’s Centres, schools and our hospital to see the difference it has made across Stalybridge and Hyde.
“And in particular this government has offered real help to local families during this economic crisis.
“If the Tories were to take over would not continue the investment in our schools hospitals and Sure Start centres. They would put the economic recovery under threat and they wouldn’t understand our area.
“Dozens of Labour Party members are now starting to campaign in the run-up to the General Election.
“Together with David Heyes, Andrew Gwynne and the excellent team of Labour members of Tameside Council, I know that we can make our area an even better place to live and work.”
In the run-up to the General Election the Labour Party has made five clear pledges to voters. They are:
To secure the recovery and halve the deficit through economic growth, fair taxes and cuts to lower priority spending;
To protect frontline investment in policing, schools, childcare and the NHS, with a new guarantee of cancer test results within a week;
Strengthen fairness in communities through an Australian style points-based system to control immigration; guaranteed education, apprenticeships and jobs for young people; and a crackdown on anti-social behaviour;
Raising family living standards, keeping mortgage rates as low as possible; increasing tax credits for families with young children; providing new help for first-time buyers; and restoring the link between the state pension and earnings from 2012;
Build a high tech economy, supporting businesses and industry to create one million more skilled jobs and modernising our infrastructure with High Speed Rail, a Green Investment Bank and broadband access for all.
More information about the Labour Party’s Manifesto can be found at www.labour.org.uk or www.jonathanreynolds.org.uk
LABOUR supporters from across Tameside have joined together to launch their General Election campaign.Labour candidates David Heyes (Ashton), Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) and Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) spoke... Read more
TAMESIDE councillor Jonny Reynolds has been selected as the prospective Labour Party candidate for the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency.
Cllr Reynolds, who was formerly a political assistant to James Purnell MP, has represented the Longdendale ward for three years. And last night he was named as the constituency’s prospective parliamentary candidate.
“It’s a great privilege to be selected to stand for the Labour Party in Stalybridge and Hyde,” said Cllr Reynolds, who lives in Mottram.
“Stalybridge and Hyde has been proudly served by James Purnell for many years now, and his record in national politics will be a tough act to follow.”
The selection process followed the decision by James Purnell MP not to stand at the next General Election. And the result was announced to members last night (Tuesday), following a ballot of Labour Party members living in the constituency.
Commenting on the selection Stalybridge and Hyde MP James Purnell said: “I am delighted that Jonny has been selected as the next parliamentary candidate for Stalybridge and Hyde. I want to congratulate Peter Wheeler and Dr Kailash Chand for running good campaigns - they are both a credit to the Labour Party.
"Jonny is a committed member of the Labour Party, who already has the respect of party members on a local and national level.
“He is a popular and hard-working local councillor who has acted tirelessly to represent the views of residents in Longdendale. And – if elected as Member of Parliament – I believe his energy and determination will have a real impact on those living in the constituency.
“I know that serving as Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde is a huge privilege. And as I look around our community, I am proud of the difference the Labour government has made here.
“Investment in our health services means waiting times have been reduced. All our secondary schools are being rebuilt or refurbished. And, families and young people across the borough are benefiting from measures such as the National Minimum Wage, New Deal and the Future Jobs Fund.
“But there is still much to do. And Jonny would be an effective MP who would ensure the voice of Stalybridge and Hyde was heard in Westminster and who would continue to fight for a fair future.
“In the ‘80s and ‘90s the Tories completely forgot about areas like ours. But in the run-up to the General Election I will be campaigning alongside Jonny to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
Stalybridge and Hyde CLP chair Peter Robinson said: “I would like to thank the candidates for running an honest and engaging competition to represent Stalybridge and Hyde as our candidate at the General Election.
“In Jonathan Reynolds, we have a candidate who has proven his campaigning qualities, energy and passion to represent this constituency. During the election campaign, the people of Stalybridge and Hyde will be able to see for themselves what an excellent Member of Parliament Jonathan Reynolds will make.
“James Purnell has been an excellent MP, representing the people of Stalybridge and Hyde up to the highest levels of Government, making sure they got a fair deal.
“I’m delighted Jonathan Reynolds will be able to continue that fight for a Future Fair For All.”
TAMESIDE councillor Jonny Reynolds has been selected as the prospective Labour Party candidate for the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency.Cllr Reynolds, who was formerly a political assistant to James Purnell MP,... Read more
STARS of Coronation Street swapped the cobbles of Weatherfield for the pitch of Hyde United, when they took part in a charity football match against Tameside Radio.
The Corrie stars may have won the battle on the pitch, by nine goals to two. But the real winner of the night was Hyde United, because the match raised around £2000 for their club’s Save the Tigers Fund.
Labour Party members were among those making sure the match was fair; with Brian Wild acting as referee and Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick taking on the role of linesman.
Labour’s Stalybridge and Hyde candidate Jonathan Reynolds was among the Hyde United supporters and celebrity spotters cheering on the teams from the touchlines.
Following the match, he said: “Hyde United is an integral part of our community and it’s great to see so many people turning out to support them.
“Their future may have been seriously under threat just a few months ago, but the people of Hyde have really got behind them.
“I’m proud to support Hyde United and will continue to help them ensure their future is financially secure.”
STARS of Coronation Street swapped the cobbles of Weatherfield for the pitch of Hyde United, when they took part in a charity football match against Tameside Radio. The Corrie stars...