Act now or Middleton will lose out!
YET again Middleton is to lose out thanks to this Tory government.
The Middleton Guardian writes a story about Heywood losing it’s name for elections and that MP Liz McInness has started a petition on her website in an attempt to change the minds of the powers that be.
However, Middleton will lose much more. It appears that at some point in time the electoral commission dealing with boundary changes has decided, in it’s wisdom, that Middleton will no longer be in the constituency of Heywood and Middleton. Middleton is to be moved into Prestwich & Whitefield.
When asked, Liz McInness said she and others fought against this, but have been ignored. She says that many years ago, Middleton was in the constituency with Prestwich.
This is no reason to go back to the old times. Where will it leave Middleton? In no mans land?
We are part of the Borough of Rochdale, and we struggle to be heard in Rochdale. We have to shout out load just to be heard, and even louder to get any action. We pay our council tax to Rochdale and get little in return. We are twice the population of Heywood, but Heywood will lose out with the changes too, but not as much as Middleton.
Prestwich and Whitefield is in to the Borough of Bury. Who will we shout at for our lack of services? Bury or Rochdale?
Will we continue to pay council tax to Rochdale? Will the Police serve us from Bury or Rochdale? Will Middleton just disappear down a hole in the ground, neither Bury or Rochdale?
We have problems right now with the NHS and CCG. Some of the older population still use their old GPs surgeries within Manchester and thus Rochdale won’t let them use local services.
Well, recently, Manchester CCG kindly issued a statement to say they could use Rochdale Community Services, like a Chiropodist. But there’s no agreement to use other regular services.
It seems Rochdale’s answer is to force people to change GPs. How can this be right? So much for DevoManc and the 10 local authorities working together.
Healthwatch, Rochdale tell us, the problem between Rochdale and Manchester is not the only problem. Rochdale has a problem around Whitworth where Rochdale clashes with Lancashire.
But, for Middleton, the clash and problem is between Rochdale and Manchester. If we join Prestwich and Whitefield things can only get worse and more complicated.
Times is short. If you’re not happy with this change perhaps you need to raise a petition, maybe on 38 Degrees, or write to the House of Commons in London or to your MP Liz McInness to give her some ammunition to fight with. One way or another we are in great danger of seriously losing out by falling under no ones control and getting even less services than ever. DO SOMETHING whilst there’s still time. Tony E Fighting for Middleton
MP Liz McInness