Leaderís message of hope for town
Reporter: Lucy Kenderdine
Date online: 31 December 2013
COUNCIL leader Jim McMahon has spoken about the importance of putting the “heart and soul back into Oldham” in his New Year’s message to the borough.
During his video message, Councillor McMahon described 2013 as an “interesting and challenging year” for Oldham with important changes taking place including the start of regeneration work and the completion of the Metrolink tram lines through the town centre.
He also spoke about the problems residents have faced from the continuing effects of the recession.
Councillor McMahon said: “We know that last year residents were beginning to struggle with the impact of welfare reform, changes to the bedroom tax and council tax localisation.
“There is not a great deal we can do about that as a council other than to help you through these difficult times.”
Councillor McMahon made reference to the council’s recent success after it was praised for its “remarkable transformation” during a comprehensive review by the Local Government Association, something which has spurred the council on in its plans for regeneration.
“There are challenges ahead but we will start to see the fruition of the regeneration projects we laid the foundations for last year,” he said.
“There is still work to do now but I believe we have put Oldham on the right track for redevelopment.”
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