Friday, June 5, 2020

Hundreds of residents took part in a ‘Save our Greenbelt’ protest walk in Hyde on Sunday.

Organised by Save Tameside Greenbelt in conjunction with other groups across Greater Manchester, around 200 locals of all ages marched from Hattersley roundabout, down Mottram Road, Green Lane and Stockport Road through Gee Cross to the Joshua Bradley pub.

They were demonstrating their opposition to plans in the revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework to build 2,350 homes in the Godley Green ‘garden village’ proposal, plus a combined 440 homes on sites at Apethorn Lane and Bowlacre Lane.

Charlotte Castro of Save Tameside Greenbelt said: “The greenbelt march in Tameside on Sunday has shown that the commitment and resolve of local residents, and residents across the boundary in Stockport and Glossop, to call for radical changes to the GMSF plans remains unaltered.

“We want to see a renewed focus on redeveloping the town centres and using brownfield sites first, with affordable non-executive houses built as a priority for local people.

“Greenbelt should only be looked at once all brownfield sites are redeveloped and a measured reassessment of housing need completed at that time. A decision cannot be taken now that we need to build upon greenbelt when the figures for housing need – used to calculate the GMSF demand – remain under scrutiny, under questioning by MPs and their validity called into question in Westminster at the highest level.

Under the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, Tameside has been set a target of building an average of 466 homes a year over the next 20 years – the lowest target of Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs.

Save Tameside Greenbelt have put forward a number of brownfield sites, such as the former ABC Waxworks site, which they say should be developed before any rural land is built on.

But the Godley Green development has been backed by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds and Tameside Council Executive Leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington.

Jonathan Reynolds MP said: “The latest proposals for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework reduce greenbelt loss considerably, and remove some inappropriate sites for housing, which is good news. It is still right that as a city region we have a strategic housing plan, though – if we don’t we simply hand power over to developers.

“There’s no disputing the need for more housing, but we must get it right, we a mix of housing types -including affordable homes and new social housing- and supporting infrastructure. Residents have until 18th March to have their say via the consultation and I would encourage anyone to have their say.”

Speaking when the revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework was released in January, Cllr Warrington told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “What is more important is people want to live in Tameside, people want to work in Tameside and we have the means for them to do that.

“Godley Green is a really exciting prospect for the future, where we hope to create a brand new settlement for people that we can actually design to ensure that we fulfil all of those needs from the different parts of the community.”

The local Conservative group is against the plans. Cllr Phil Chadwick helped lead the parade alongside other greenbelt campaign groups.

The Conservative councillor for Hyde Werneth said: “Regardless of everyone’s political affiliation, those who are in favour of saving the greenbelt and within the Save Tameside Group (who are apolitical), are ALL united in saving the greenbelt from destruction.

“Not only does it prevent urban sprawl into our semi-rural area, but the health benefits the greenbelt brings are irreplaceable. Once you concrete over it, it is lost forever.”

Prospective Conservative candidate for Hyde Godley Andrea Colbourne also joined the march. “We’ve been supporting Save Tameside Greenbelt from the start,” she said.

“We just haven’t got the infrastructure to cope with the number of houses they want to build on Godley Green.

“Residents struggle to get a doctor’s appointment already and just last week, parents were left disappointed when their children didn’t get into their first-choice school.

“The additional traffic would also be a problem and with that comes an increase in pollution. The council are trying to make people aware of pollution but at the same time are trying to take away this big green lung in Godley.

“I really hope people’s concerns are listened to and they get a chance to explain their concerns.”

The public consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework closes on March 18. You can take part by visiting

Pictures courtesy of the Save Tameside Greenbelt Facebook page.

FIREFIGHTERS are calling on people to keep an eye on their cooking and make sure their smoke alarms are working following two kitchen fires.

Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the fires in Manchester and Salford on Thursday night.

In Manchester, firefighters from Gorton and Philips Park attended an incident at 8.51pm at a terraced house on Parkin Street where the occupier had fallen asleep after putting a pan on the stove.

Due to a working smoke alarm the man woke up and called 999.

The fire was out on arrival but the man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation by ambulance crews while firefighters ventilated his house.

In Salford, two crews from Salford were called to an incident at 11.30pm in a terraced house on Kerrera Drive where the occupier had left a grill pan unattended.

The occupier was alerted to the fire by their working smoke alarm.

A specialist trauma technician gave the occupier first aid and advice on cooking safety.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately 30 minutes and made sure the fire was out using a thermal imaging camera.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention at GMFRS, said: “These incidents highlight how important it is to keep an eye on your cooking at all times and to make sure your smoke alarm works.

“It only takes a second for a fire to start and if left unattended the consequences could be severe.

“Never leave your cooking unattended and make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home.”

If your pan catches fire when cooking:

  • Don’t panic and don’t take risks
  • Don’t move the pan
  • If it’s safe to do so, turn off the heat – but never lean over the pan to do so
  • Leave the kitchen, close the door behind you, get everyone out and don’t go back inside
  • Call 999

For more information on cooking safety visit the GMFRS website

After consistently strong rating performances in our first two seasons, the only online, daily up-dated website that brings visitors the latest local news, has expanding its regional reach.

Over the relatively short time from its inception in November 2013, Hyde Community Matters has developed from a Hyde centred glossy 24page ‘Community News Magazine’ thorough to December 2014 when we took the project online to become a daily up-dated online community news site, which to date has attracted well over 370,000 visitors, – all eager to read the local news; – and that number is still growing!

Now, in response to a number of requests to cover news and events from our friends in neighbouring towns and villages, we are pleased to announce that we have gently expanded our news coverage to provide a more comprehensive reader service by covering good news, events and achievements from individuals, communities and businesses, from a little further afield – no longer exclusively covering one town, but the whole of Tameside and the surrounding regions, and by doing so, we’re better placed to support our local advertisers growing development needs.

“Of all our current partners we spoke with, Karen Dorney of Hyde’s Paper Tulips understands the success and potential of our in-depth local news coverage; and as the owner of Tameside’s premier craft emporiums and organiser of monthly Artisan Markets, she is uniquely positioned to back our expansion, as it encourages potential customers from much wider areas,”

“While continuing to put our readers at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to continue to cover in-depth local news articles, showcase local events, shout about schools and student achievements and profile specialist real-life features that celebrate those individuals who have achieved success, shown courage against the odds, or people who are making a difference within our local communities.”

To reflect these changes, we have changed the name to one that better echo’s the new site’s expanded content.

Visitors to the old site,, will automatically be redirected to the new site,

“Our aim is still to provide the best online news specifically to our close communities, by offering a convenient, one-click, local source of timely daily up-dated news, where visitors come first for information and advice, local businesses place their adverts and community groups put us at the top of their list when promoting their up-coming events.”


We believe that this online expansion marks a return to real local news, giving readers the chance to learn more about what’s going on in their immediate area and to read (and write) news stories about what matters to them. We are therefore looking for ANY VOLUNTEERS from the different areas, (who’d like to see their work in print) so that we can have a ‘person on the ground’ who is in closer touch in identifying local happenings and who would become the main point of contact for local people; – promoting the work of local community organisations, voluntary sector groups and businesses, along with arts, school successes, sport and cultural activities that are taking place in their area.


  • Budding or experienced reporters, with access to email, who wish to gain experience or give back to their local community
  • To find and root out stories of particular interest to people in their area
  • To write, research and interview for those stories, to build content on the website.
  • We also need a ‘Social Media’ savvy person to place local stories and events on Facebook & Twitter etc’ to drive site traffic.

This is a great opportunity for local budding and experienced journalists to hone their writing skills.

This wider reader appeal also adds a much more expansive opportunity for local advertisers to reach a vastly expanded audience, and by widening our readership, we plan to gradually introduce extra relevant categories like jobs, motoring, housing, and domestic services, among other localized topics.

So, if you would like to become a volunteer local correspondent, or are a forward thinking Community Group, Local Business, School, Sports Club, Faith Group or Charity organisation and have stories you think are newsworthy, want to publicise your events, achievements, or wish to advertise to a growing local audience, please contact us directly by email:

Local Community Matters is a not-for-profit community trust, run by volunteers all of whom have strong links to the towns and people surrounding Tameside.