Party: Liberal Democrats
Ward: Saddleworth West & Lees
Other councillors representing this Ward:
Wednesday 13 September 2023
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Cllr M Kenyon (Lib Dem)
Lees Eco Hub
26 Kingsley Drive
If you have any queries or problems that need to be discussed with your Lib Dem Councillors, please contact:
Councillor M Kenyon
Tel: 07971 363 790
c/o Members Services
Mobile: 07971 363 790
Cllr Mark Kenyon – Saddleworth West & Lees Ward
MY WARD PRIORITIES
· Nuisance parking
· Audit Training
· Safeguarding Training
· Barnardos Training
· Hopeful Towns
· Planning & Enforcement
· Challenging Hate
Work in the community
My first year as a councillor for everyone in Grotton, Springhead and Lees has been a huge privilege and plenty of hard work. Despite being shadow cabinet member for Employment & Enterprise, the vast majority of my time, energy and effort goes into casework directly affecting the ward I’m so happy to represent. Oldham Council is very large organization responsible for delivering over a thousand services with a budget of about £100 million – it’s my job to argue for the best outcomes for everyone in our ward and for those who come to me with specific problems or concerns.
Residents often wonder what councillors actually do and how much they get paid. I am paid a total allowance of £12,969. Along with nearly all my colleagues, I have claimed no expenses for the year. Councillors are free to devote as much or as little time as they see fit to the work. Fortunately, I am self-employed and work mainly from home, so am happy and able to devote a significant portion of my week to residents’ concerns and council business (this is one reason it’s called an allowance rather than pay…… if I divided the allowance by the number of hours worked it would be far less than minimum wage). In a single year, with my ward colleague Cllr Sam Al-Hamdani, we may have over 300 individual pieces of casework either completed or in progress.
As well as being contactable by phone, email and Facebook, Sam and I hold two in person surgeries per month for those residents unable to use email/Facebook. These are on the first and third Tuesdays of each month with two sessions per day 12-2pm and 6-7pm. I also actively go out and find casework by knocking on residents’ doors every week and asking how I can help residents. There are about 5000 homes in our ward and my team and I aim to knock on every door at least once per year. As well as door knocking, my team and I keep in touch with everyone by posting regular Focus newsletters through each door several times a year.
· Member of Performance Overview & Scrutiny committee
· Proposed a motion calling for more Councilor transparency
· Seconded motions to protect our National Parks and spoke against Places for Everyone
· Spoke at Planning Committee on behalf of residents who opposed the development on Brookway backings
· Spoke successfully on behalf of Save our Valleys in the community’s opposition to Russell Homes’ plans to re-route a public footpath and make it even more inaccessible as part of the Knowls Lane development
· Promoting Neighbourhood Watch activities
· Promoting and taking part in community litter picks with LSG Litter Heroes
· Delivered two successful grant proposals for the Oldham LIF programme.
· The first is for the introduction of safety measures around St Edwards and Hey with Zion schools. A bid of over £23,000 will deliver additional safety fencing around the schools, new measures to prevent cars driving on pavements, access protection markings to help prevent parking across driveways, and clearway areas to ensure better traffic flows. These have been developed in conjunction with the School Streets scheme which is aiming to cut traffic at key times in the new school year.
· The second bid is for funding for direct building works to Springhead Community Centre, enabling it to continue providing community services.
· Identified funding gaps in child and adult safeguarding from GMP and campaigning to ensure fair funding.
· Ensuring the delivery of 30 disabled parking bays across Oldham following a campaign.
· Reporting and following up on flytipping throughout the ward, particularly at hot spots. Supporting Cllr Sam Al-Hamdani in efforts to secure a solution to combat commercial flytipping at these hotspots.
· Successfully helped residents on Walkers Lane and Tawny Close have overhanging trees and overgrown foliage cut back
· Repairs of potholes throughout the ward, including those reported as trip hazards.
· Fence repairs made on Linear Way and in Lees village centre.
· Campaigning for the introduction of Community Speedwatch across Oldham
· Supporting residents affected by the proposed Maltby Court development
· Secured refunds for all those drivers affected by wrongly applied bus lane camera fines on Lees Road.
· Support for activities at Old Mill House
· Lees Planters
· Oldham Play Action Group
· Grit bin filling throughout the ward
· Christmas lights
· Summer and winter planting
· Support the provision of tree planting
· GRA Grotton Pavilion
· Create Oldham
· Preparations for Queen’s Jubilee celebrations
t: 07971 363 790