|"I HAVE A VISION!"|
Carrying out my habitual monitoring of ‘The Executive Leaders Blog’ (That’s where Kieran Quinn, the esteemed Leader of Tameside council, regularly treats us to his vision of the future) This week I took the councillor at his word, where, as Chair of Droylsden’s Town Team, he urged as many people as possible to go onto the Team’s official website at www.droylsden.com to get involved and make their views known.
Now for those of you who may have missed the fact that because most of the market towns of Tameside have been systematically destroyed by the sitting councillors who have an undeniable dexterity for killing off traditional high streets and town centres, it now appears that each town in Tameside has its own ‘team’ who are charged with developing ideas for their dedicated area’s continued success.
So, expecting to read the details of Droylsden’s Town Team’s much acclaimed recently launched 50 page document, snappily entitled, ‘Droylsden a new vision for the town’ that was unveiled at an event outside the Concord Suite recently, and hoping to learn about a number of key projects apparently contained therein, designed help the town centre unlock its potential as a ‘go-to’ destination; to say I was thoroughly disappointed would be a gross understatement.
However, in all honesty I was not really surprised.
All it told me was that Droylsden’s Christmas Programme would be coming soon and on flicking on to the Shopping page which proudly informs the browser that Droylsden has a vibrant shopping centre and a thriving high street! - News of 3 (yes three) shops popped up, one selling jewellery, another fruit & Veg’ and the third where one could buy laminate flooring!
Now, I realise that this ‘web-site’ is new and it takes time to build up the advertising potential, however, bearing that in mind, it might have been a better idea to launch the site when the ‘town team’ had come up with a few more ideas of which to fill it and a little more news of why people should flock in their droves to Droylsden.
There was one useful aspect I found embedded in the site however, and that was the (unusual for Tameside) introduction of a comment/suggestion box.
Therefore may I respectfully suggest that Droylsden town team need a new chairman!