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I promised I'd update residents following my visit to Davyhulme Waste Water Treatment plant.  Recently, there have been lots of complaints about odour from the plant.

I was told the plant is currently undergoing a massive modernisation programme, with a new inlet works, new tanks and better methods of treating odour. I was shown the new tanks, which will have covers on them to reduce odour. More waste water will also be treated away from the parts of the site which are closest to residential areas. Tankers and heavy vehicles will no longer enter by Rivers Lane, which will be for light traffic only.

The new process should come on stream by next June and, although it won't completely remove odour problems, United Utilities hope it will significantly reduce them. In the meantime, they're trying to keep local residents informed about the cause and the actions they're taking when odour is a problem. Recent complaints were because United Utilities were handling extra sludge which took longer to shift through the process. They post up to date information on their website, so that's worth a look if you have concerns.

United Utilities also support some great local charities and community groups, and they'll be running free workshops on social media and applying for funding from them over the next few weeks. More information about these workshops can be found here.

 

Kate visits United Utilities Davyhulme West Water Treatment Plant

I promised I'd update residents following my visit to Davyhulme Waste Water Treatment plant.  Recently, there have been lots of complaints about odour from the plant.

Kate has called for Trafford Police to be given the powers and resources to tackle criminals using off-road bikes and mopeds locally.

Kate raised the issue after hearing from a number of constituents about the problems caused by off-road bikes, quads and mopeds in the Partington area.

Local residents have suffered repeated nuisance from riders on bikes that have often been stolen, with bike theft rising in recent years. Riders are sometimes masked and riding without proper registration.

The police are able to seize bikes under antisocial behaviour legislation but Kate called on the government to clarify that they are legally allowed to pursue bikes and mopeds as long as it is safe to do so.

Kate said: “The police have experienced brutal cuts over the last seven years and the loss of officers from the streets has had a direct impact on the rise in crime and antisocial behaviour.

“Too many local residents’ lives are being blighted by the disturbance some bike users have caused and Trafford needs the resources to be able to take action.

“Partington police are taking this matter extremely seriously, but they can only do the job properly with help from local residents, so if you have information on anyone who is behind this anti-social behaviour, please report to 101.

“As a local MP I see so much good work from our police, but it’s more and more difficult for them to get on with the job of protecting our streets when 20,000 officers have been cut in the last seven years, and budgets remain squeezed. Officers also need the power to pursue bikes legally where it is safe, but ministers have been dragging their feet on clarifying the law.

“It’s about time the government gave them the resources and powers they need to keep our community safe”.

Kate calls for action to stop criminals using off road bikes

Kate has called for Trafford Police to be given the powers and resources to tackle criminals using off-road bikes and mopeds locally.

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Kate has called for the Council to take action on the government’s air quality framework which says that Trafford must produce a local plan by March 2018 to tackle dangerously high levels of air pollution.

The World Health Organisation has said that air in the Greater Manchester area contains levels of dangerous particles which are above the legally safe level to breathe. 

Air pollution increases the risk of lung cancer, it can worsen existing lung conditions and stunt the growth of children’s’ lungs.

The government plan said that Trafford will need to be included in a Clean Air Zone for our local air quality to be improved.

Kate has written to the Chief Executive at Trafford Council to demand that the Council produce a plan to take urgent action to tackle air pollution.

She also asked the Council to consult local people on steps they’d like to take to clean up the air in our area.

The government plan hit headline news when it set out a commitment to end the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

However the plans were criticised by charity the British Lung Foundation for failing to outline details on how our health will be protected in the short term.

Latest research estimates that 40,000 lives are cut short each year by air pollution.

Air pollution is also really bad for children’s’ growing lungs: children exposed to severe air pollution are up to four times more likely to have poor lung development compared to those growing up in less polluted areas.

Kate said, “It’s simply unacceptable that we have dangerously high levels of air pollution in Trafford.

“We can’t afford to sit around and not take action on an issue which is affecting the health of children growing up round here today. We owe it to future generations to act now to make our air safe to breathe.

“Earlier this year I hosted an air quality summit for Trafford schools where children let me know their ideas for cleaner air. I’ve shared these with the Chief Executive of the Council and hope that they’ll give other local people opportunities to share ideas on making our air cleaner.

“We mustn’t delay on tackling air pollution round here and I’ll continue to press both the Council and the government for action.” 

Kate presses council for action on air pollution

Kate has called for the Council to take action on the government’s air quality framework which says that Trafford must produce a local plan by March 2018 to tackle dangerously high...


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