It has been a busy time since my Broadheath Ward Campaign was launched on 27 Oct. I has visited almost 700 houses in Stamford Brook and Woodheys Drive area (WA14 and M33) in last 4 weeks to ensure local community's voice can be heard. This newsletter provides updates on some of the local issues and concerns raised in our community with myself and the team. Meanwhile, it also shares civic events during the Remembrance Day 2018 and Broadheath Ward Christmas Fundraising Dinner on 13 Dec.
Knock & Drop Canvasing
I have knocked almost 700 houses in our ward and dropped surveys to our residents. The engagement was positive, with the feedback gained from residents invaluable. Many issues were raised, which I have summarised below; including plans of how I will try to address these concerns:
- Crime: burglaries appears to be the most mentioned concern, with residents wanting to feel safe in their homes, particularly as the festival season approaches;
Action: I have committed to raising these concerns with the local police.
- Traffic: There is frustration at the amount of traffic on Washway Road during weekday rush hours. Concerns were also raised that the speed cars travel through the Stamford Brook Estate, which is used as a cut through by some motorists;
Action: I have committed to raising these concerns with relevant agencies. There is an ongoing consultation with residents of Woodheys Drive area on making exciting The Drive safer.
- Culture: recognition of diversity cultures is vital in this area. I am delighted to see many residents start utilising Broadheath Community Hall for culture celebrations. People believe diversity cultures will make our community better and stronger;
Action: I have committed to supporting and working with all residents in Broadheath Ward to identify and celebrate all cultures.
2018 Remembrance Day
On Sunday 11 November, the Altrincham Service of Remembrance was held at the Altrincham War Memorial. Starting at 11am, the service commemorated the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts. This year, Remembrance Sunday felt on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The service was well organized and well represented, as shown at the below link. I felt very touched and emotional. It remembers thousands of Chinese, like British and Commonwealth people, lost their lives in World War I for our peaceful lives now. Last Nov, the UK was first time remembers Chinese Labor Corps in history. The short video can watch at the below link.
Diversity Culture Celebration
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
I visited Indian residents prior to the Diwali and heard their stories about why they chose to live in Broadheath Ward. Dr Chakraborty (pictured above) said the education opportunity for his family and diverse communities in the area were key to his decision to move. Luckily, I was given some tradition Indian food, which was delicious.
Our discussion was then focused on the importance of diverse cultures for Broadheath Ward, which is made up by three Communities, including Broadheath, Sale and Timperley with more than 20% of the population with ethnic minority backgrounds.